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Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.

Hello Sweat Love Muffins!

Here it is! My recipe for Cherry Dessert Danish, as promised! This is one of Pauli’s favorite desserts, and every person I’ve ever made it for giddy claps for it again and again, so I hope you love it!!!

I’ll walk you through this easy peasy, uber yummy for your taste buds and tummy dessert … with pictures the whole way through.

Overall, you’ll need 4 main parts to bring your dessert Danish together:

  • 1 tube of Crescent Rolls (Yep, I cheat on this one, lol. But we still buy organic to make these fully organic for Pauli.)
  • Ooey Gooey Cherry Filling
  • Yummy Tummy Streusel Topping
  • Sweet Kiss Glaze

First up. The Ooey Gooey Cherry Filling.

Ooey Gooey Cherry Filling:

  • 1 bag of frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 2 tsp of cornstarch
  • small sauce pan
  • spoon
  • measuring spoon
  • cutting board and knife (optional)

Now, of course, you could use any ol’ can of cherry pie filling you want if you want … but really, this is fast and easy, and way better scratch-made!

I personally like to cut up my cherries into small little bits (thus, cutting board and knife), but I’ll leave that up to you and your preference. You don’t have to cut them up. I just do it because I like the bite sizeyness of it!

So I cut up my cherries into lil bits, and add them to my sauce pan. Add in 2 tsp of cornstarch, and start stirring over medium heat until the cherries thaw, heat up, and the cornstarch thickens the juice into a pie filling like thickness. (You do not need to add any water, as the cherries will thaw and juice naturally.) (Also, you could add sugar if you want – like a can of store bought cherry pie filling. But honestly, you don’t need it. The cherries are already sweet and yummy all on their own. And it’s a place you can omit the sugar, and you won’t miss it. Your body will thank you!!!)

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
Heat up bag of frozen cherries with 2 tsp of cornstarch over medium heat until thickened … about 5-ish minutes.
Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
Here’s what your cherries look like when they are all yummy gooey’d up!

Next up, Yummy Tummy Streusel Topping :

  • ½ cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon

In small bowl combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/4 cup butter.

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
Here’s what the crumble topping looks like all mixed up: flour, sugar, cinnamon, softened butter.

And last to premix/premake before assembly, let’s make the, Sweet Kiss Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp of milk
  • ½ – 1 tsp of vanilla to taste
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon

In small bowl, mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2-3 tbsp of milk (enough to get drizzle consistency for the glaze), 1/2 – 1 tsp of vanilla (to taste). Yep, it’s that easy. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the glaze mixing step. Just mix until smooth and drizzle-worthy.)

Assembly Time!!!! PREHEAT OVEN TO 375 degrees F!

Pop open your can of crescent rolls and separate into 2 “columns” of dough on your baking sheet. (I recommend lining your baking sheet with baking paper for easier cleanup as this assembly will get a little, but happily, messy.) The crescent triangles might try to separate a bit; if so, just gently smoosh ’em back together.

Using either a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough with matching slices on each side of the column. You’ll be folding them over after you put the cherry filling in.

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
What your crescent roll dough should look like after you cut it. When you are making the cuts, just make sure NOT to cut all the way through to the other side. You want fold-able flaps, not strips.

Next, spoon about half of the cherry filling down the center of each Danish column.

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
Adding the cherry filling down the center of the Danish dough columns.

Now you can fold the dough flaps up and over the cherry filling. The flaps can touch, but they don’t have to, and most likely won’t for the whole Danish strip. It’s okay. It’s how it works!

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
Fold-able flaps can touch or not. You don’t have to feel like you need to stretch them or anything. Just gently lay them across the cherry filling.

Now the excitement starts to kick in … you can start to see how the Danishes are coming together when you sprinkle the crumble streusel topping on. Simply, gently spoon on the crumble streusel topping (roughly half for each Danish). It’s okay if the topping crumbles off to the sides a little bit. You can try scooping it back on, but sometimes it just wants to fall onto the pan. Let it go. It’s okay.

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
What your unbaked Danishes look like after you spoon on the crumble streusel topping.

Time to Bake, and then Glaze!

Now, it’s time to bake these tummy yummy Danishes. Bake the Danishes at 375 degrees F for 11 – 14 minutes until the dough looks lightly golden brown.

You don’t have to wait, but I encourage you to let the Danishes cool for about 10 minutes, or even more, … so that when you drizzle on the glaze it doesn’t completely melt away.

Once your Danishes have cooled a little bit, using your spoon, drizzle on your glaze. I do crisscross back-n-forth motions up and down each Danish until I’ve used up all of the glaze. Pauli’s mouth waters the whole time, while he has to wait. Once we get to this stage, he starts pouring his very large glass of milk! LOL, but for realz!

From here, you can slice your Danishes into whatever serving size calls your taste buds, tummy, and heart. Pauli like 3 1/2 – 4″ wide slices. Once the Danishes are fully cooled, we freeze whatever he doesn’t eat the first night. That way, he has snacks on demand whenever he wants.

Recipe: Cherry Dessert Danish.  Mary Kate Kopec.  Love and Big Hugs.
Danishes complete! YUMMY!!!! Gobble to your heart’s content!!!

And that, my sweet lovely honeybuns, is how you make Pauli’s Cherry Dessert Danishes! So easy! Soooooooooooooo YUMMY!!! If I could still eat gluten, I would gobble these up, and Pauli and I would race to eat the most! LOL. As it is, those days are in the past for me. Awww, boo face. But it’s okay. If you missed my Cherry Crumble a la mode recipe, that’s how I get my gluten-free fix now – and it’s truly delicious as well!

Pauli and I hope you enjoy your Cherry Dessert Danishes to the yummy in your tummy max!!!

Until next week …

Loving you Big Time and Hugging you Tightly!!! Would love to see a pic of you gobbling up your new dessert!!! Feel free to write me at marykate at loveandbighugs.com.

Love and Big Hugs,

Love and Big Hugs Mary Kate

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