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Recipe: Candy Cane Cream Cheese Danish

This Candy Cane Danish is perfect for the Christmas season and it's so easy to make!  
Candy Cane Cream Cheese Danish from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

The other day I attended a Cookie Exchange Party.  

We all were asked to bring a breakfast/brunch dish to share and I brought  this delicious Candy Cane Cream Cheese Danish.  It was so easy and delicious.

I love using crescent rolls to make delicious treats!  This Candy Cane Danish looked great on the buffet with all the other yummy food.  My only problem was I was afraid  to remove it from the baking tray to put on a pretty Christmas platter, but I managed.  

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Danish

Follow these EASY step-by-step instructions!

You can use the crescent roll sheet pastry or you can use a tube of crescent rolls.  Either way is fine!  Draw the candy cane on parchment paper to create a template.  Then cut out the candy cane. 
Lay the candy cane template on top of the dough.
Lay parchment paper on top of crescent rolls from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Using a pizza cutter, cut out the shape of the candy cane.  EASY! 
Use a pizza cutter for the Candy Cane Danish from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Cut stripes with the extra dough.  
With the excess dough, cut strips that will become the stripes for the candy cane danish.

Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the candy cane dough.
Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the crescent roll from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Add the cherry pie filling. 
Spread the cherries on top of the cream cheese mixture from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Now add the strips of dough to form the stripes of the candy cane  Tuck the ends under to make everything neat.  
Lay the extra dough on top of the danish to create the stripes of the candy cane from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the danish is golden brown.  Then add the glaze right before serving.  Pretty, right?
Candy Cane Danish on white plate from Walking on Sunshine Recipes WOS

Note:  It helps to keep the crescent rolls in the shape of a square and not separate them all into the triangle shapes as if you were baking them as crescent rolls.  Then build the candy cane using the squares.  

The recipe calls for 2 cans of crescent rolls, but I didn't use all the crescent rolls.  I had about 4 sections leftover...which I baked as crescent rolls!  Makes such a beautiful presentation and it tastes delicious.

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Danish is really easy to make if you follow these step-by-step instructions from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.
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Candy Cane Danish

This Candy Cane Danish is the perfect recipe to serve to your family and friends for Christmas. It makes a beautiful presentation!


For the Danish
  • Two cans of crescent rolls
  • 1 package cream cheese; softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
For the Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBS. milk


  1. Unroll the crescent rolls and set two sections aside to make the "stripes" on the candy cane. Lay out the remaining crescent roll sections in the shape of a candy cane making sure you overlap each section.
  2. Use a pizza cutter or a knife to make your danish look more like a candy cane instead of a number seven.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the crescent rolls.
  4. Spoon the pie filling on top being careful not to go to close to the edges.
  5. Cut the remaining crescent rolls into strips and place them on top of your filling to create the stripes of the candy cane.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.
  7. Mix together the ingredients for the glaze and drizzle over the candy cane.
  1. You can also use one can of crescent roll SHEET dough.
  2. I like to make a template of a candy cane on parchment paper and lay it on top of the crescent rolls to help cut the shape.

Candy Cane Danish Collage from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

You can read all about the Cookie Exchange Party HERE...

How to host a cookie exchange Christmas party from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Don't forget to check out my hubby's blog, Manning the Wall.


  1. This looks so good... Perfect for the holiday season. Sharing on Facebook.

  2. So easy and yummy looking! I'm sure your friends at the brunch loved it!

  3. That really looks beautiful and perfect for the holiday table. xo Catherine

  4. This is so cute! And so easy to make too! Inspiring :)

  5. I love this recipe! So festive, so easy, and so delicious! Pinned.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. What an adorable idea! So festive, and delicious! Pinning! Thanks for sharing it at Foodie Fridays!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious. Pinning it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  8. Thank you so much for linking up your yummy looking recipe on the Brag-Worthy Thursday link party, however, we are trying to stick to just DIY/home/craft posts, so we will have to delete your link. Thank you for understanding.

  9. I made this once but it didn't look this pretty. It's really hard to do but tastes very good!

    1. I also made it. And they don't tell you what size pan to use nor to grease the pan directions are not very good like most blogs I have gotten recipes from. 2 cans will not fit on the largest sheet pan I had which was the only one that fills up an ordinary oven. I wasn't satisfied with the directions on this either. And I made it for a party wanted to throw it out. Was so embarrassed because I waited till last to add glaze just as some arrived early.

  10. I love this, mine does not look as delicious, but I'll keep trying.

  11. I absolutely adore this! I am totally making this for Christmas morning!

  12. You do not realize how much I want this right now! I have my coffee ready!

  13. This is adorable, and it sounds delicious!

  14. Ooh, I love danishes, and this looks absolutely beautiful!

  15. This looks almost to pretty to eat! ...almost. ;) Thanks for sharing.

  16. Perfect for Christmas morning! Thanks for linkin' up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  17. Very nice, and very easy <3
    It would be great if the recipe would print on one page and have a little photo of the candy cane. Mine leaves a big blank space where the ad would be, and forces a second page.
    Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing!

  18. Could you please specify what size pan to use and if you should grease the pan and the triangles had to be really pinched at the perforated lines in the dough cutting it and the recipe for cream cheese and topping was perfect. But really had a time with the dough and was totally confused as to what to do when all that dough would not fit on the pan. Directions were not that good on the dough part would love if someone would clarify this problem in making the beautiful delicious recipe. I love cream cheese Danish and was looking so forward to making it and was so disappointed it didn't turn out exactly as it should with the dough.

  19. I was starting to build my recipe collection for Christmas when I saw this recipe. I think it looks so pretty and I bet it tastes even better. Definitely adding this to my plans for the holidays!

  20. That looks so cool! I need to add this one to my Christmas breakfast table.

  21. What a great addition to the Christmas breakfast menu!


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