Ina Garten's Easy Cheese Danish

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I have made quite a few of Ina's recipes. They have always been exceptional. This easy but absolutely fantastic recipe is being added to the list . Because you're using puff pastry, it really takes no time at all to put these together and have an amazing flaky lemon flavored treat. I cut the recipe in half and made 4. I also drizzled the danish with a simple powdered sugar glaze. I know you'll be as happy as we were with this homemade bakery style treat made simple. Enjoy!


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30 Min
20 Min


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8 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 c
extra large egg yolks, room temperature
2 Tbsp
ricotta cheese
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 tsp
kosher salt ( i used regular table salt)
1 Tbsp
grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash


1 c
powdered sugar
enough milk to make a glaze that can be drizzled.

How to Make Ina Garten's Easy Cheese Danish


  • 1Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • 2Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest and mix until just combined. Don't whip!
  • 3Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it's a 10 by 10-inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife. Place a heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the middle of each of the 4 squares. Brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together. Brush the top of the pastries with egg wash. Place the pastries on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and refrigerate the filled Danish for 15 minutes.
  • 4Bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm.
  • 5Glaze Directions
    In a small bowl, place one cup powdered sugar, add powdered sugar 1 Tablespoon at a time until you have a glaze that you can drizzle.
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About Ina Garten's Easy Cheese Danish

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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