Apple Cheese Danish Bars

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Apple Cheese Danish Bars are a quick and easy dessert that is perfect any occasion! Sweetened cream cheese and apple pie filling layered between two sheets of crescent dough create a luscious treat that your family is sure to love!

You may think that making dessert is not something that you have time for during the week and often that’s the case! This Apple Cheese Danish Bars recipe is so easy to put together and takes only minutes to bake, that it really can be made any day of the week!

Apple Cheese Danish Bars served on a white plate

How to Make Apple Cheese Danish Bars


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What is a Cheese Danish?

Traditionally a Danish pastry is usually a yeast dough that is a variation of puff pastry. It is often rolled and folded to create many layers. It can be formed into various shapes and packed with fillings of your choice such as fruits, custards or cream cheese.

In this recipe, instead of the traditional Danish pastry dough, we have made it with store bought crescent rolls to make it extra quick and easy (although it’s amazing with easy stove top homemade Apple Pie Filling too)!

I skip the rolling and the shaping and make it into bars to simply slice and serve. So easy right?

A crescent bottom, topped with a cream cheese and apple pie filling layer are the beginning of this Apple Cheese Danish Bars recipe.

How do I make Cream Cheese Danish Bars?

It really could not be any easier!

Simply line the bottom of a baking pan with half of the crescent rolls and top with the prepared cream cheese mixture.  Add in your fruit filling and top with the remaining crescent rolls.

Drizzle with butter (and sugar if desired) and bake! Seriously so easy, just minutes of prep are needed!

What fillings can go in Cheese Danish Bars?

Of course apple pie filling is amazing but you can use ANY kind of pie filling!  Blueberry, strawberry, rhubarb…and of course you can make a yummy cherry cheese danish! The possibilities are endless!

If you’re not a fruit lover, you can skip the fruity part and just have simple cheese danish bars!

I love the flavor combination of apples and cream cheese and add a simple cinnamon sugar topping for a sweet crust (combine 3 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon).  If you’d like to create a glaze to make more of a traditional cheese danish topping, it’s easy to make!

Apple Cream Cheese Danish Bars served out of a tin baking pan.

How to Make Glaze for a Cheese Danish

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except milk in a small bowl.  Mix well.
  2. Add milk until the glaze reaches desired consistency. (You may not need all of the milk).
  3. Drizzle over danish with a spoon.

Whether you’re having afternoon coffee or would like a quick easy dessert mid week, this Apple Cream Cheese Danish Bars recipe is definitely your go to! A perfect combination of flavors in a quick and easy recipe!

Apple Cheese Danish Bars

Apple Cheese Danish Bars are a quick and easy dessert that is perfect any occasion! Sweetened cream cheese and apple pie filling layered between two sheets of crescent dough create a luscious treat that your family is sure to love!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tube crescent rolls, divided
  • 1 can apple pie filling (or homemade)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (optional)

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Grease and 8 x 8 baking dish
  3. Roll out 1/2 of the crescent rolls onto the bottom of the dish.
  4. Blend the cream cheese in a medium bowl till very smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and blend.
  5. Spoon cream cheese mixture onto the crescent rolls. Top with the apple pie filling and the last half of the crescent rolls.
  6. Pour melted butter over top and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if using.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool and drizzle with glaze if desired.

Glaze

  1. Combine all ingredients except milk in a small bowl.  Mix well.
  2. Add milk until the glaze reaches desired consistency. (You may not need all of the milk).
  3. Drizzle over danish with a spoon.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 9 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 259 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

7 comments on “Apple Cheese Danish Bars”

  1. Hi, greetings from Australia!! What can I use as a substitute for crescent rolls, as they are not available here. I would love to make your recipe for apple cheese Danish bars. Here’s hoping you have a suggestion!! Vivien

  2. Hello Holly
    Have you tried the Insta pot yet
    I am thinking of getting one not sure if i want the ultra or the Duo plus 6quart if you have any advice or suggestions i would really appreciate it.

    Have a Wonderful Week
    Deborah

  3. I can not wait to try this, looks delish and easy. 

  4. Girl, I think you just took the cheese danish to a whole new level! Loving that decadent apple pie filling.

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