Cheese Heart Danishes
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Cheese Heart Danishes come together in just about 30 minutes.
- They are perfectly crispy, flakey and golden brown.
- The perfect treat to make this Valentine’s Day.
- Bring them to a pot luck, work party or make them for your loved one.
- These danishes are filled with a sweet cream cheese filling and topped with fresh strawberries.
- Tastes like a homemade toaster strudel!
- Completely customizable, add on your favorite fresh fruit instead of strawberries.
- Get that same bakery taste, at home.
- A great homemade DIY gift box for Valentine’s Day.
- If you loved this recipe, check out my classic cheese danish.
Ingredients And Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Cheese Heart Danishes. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.
Use frozen puff pastry sheets to save on time, otherwise, if you have a favorite homemade puffy pastry recipe you can use that as well. If you are vegan, opt for a vegan alternative.
I used lite cream cheese for this recipe, but you can also use regular. If dairy-free, opt for a dairy free alternative.
We will be using both the egg yolk and the egg white for this recipe.
Vanilla extract adds a ton of flavor.
Cane sugar is needed to sweeten the cream cheese filling. You can use any type of sugar such as brown sugar or coconut sugar, however, this will alter the color and make it more brown than white. Alternatively, you can use monk fruit sweetener for a sugar free substitute.
Fresh strawberries are placed on top before baking. You can use any fruit that you’d like such as blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, blackberries, etc. Frozen berries will work as well, however, it will alter the color as well just slightly.
How To Make
ONE: Make the cream cheese filling by adding in the softened cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla extract to an electric mixer. Mix on medium to high speed for 45-60 seconds or until ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.
TWO: Next, roll out the thawed puff pastry sheets and cut out heart with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Then, using a knife, score around the edges of the heart. Place the hearts on the prepared baking sheet.
THREE: Fill each heart with cream cheese filling and then top with diced strawberries. Then, brush the edges with the egg wash before baking for 23 minutes or until golden brown.
FOUR: Dust with powdered sugar if desired and enjoy warm or at room temperature.
Tips And Tricks
To make mixing the filling easier, use softened cream cheese. Allow it to rest at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes.
If you don’t have an electric mixer, don’t worry. You can still make the filling by hand, but just be prepared to really mix it up good. This may take 5-10 minutes by hand.
Customize your danishes by adding on different fresh fruit like blackberries, blueberries or raspberries.
Make small heart cut out’s with the leftover puff pastry. Alternatively, you can re-roll out out and create more hearts.
Scoring the heart’s before baking will keep the cream cheese filling in the center and will prevent it from overflowing during baking.
Dust with powdered sugar after baking.
How To Serve And Store
Serve these Cheese Heart Danishes warm or at room temperature with dusted powdered sugar. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy within 2 days. Cheese danishes can also be refrigerated and enjoyed within 4-5 days. Reheat in the oven, microwave or air fryer.
Taste And Texture
These Heart Shaped Cheese Danishes are sweet, buttery and filled with sweet cream cheese filling.
The texture is crispy, flakey and chewy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can. However, please note that the end result will differ. The egg keeps the cream cheese together and creates a custard like texture. Without the egg, you’ll be left with just cream cheese.
Other Recipes You May Like
- Heart Shaped Cheese Danish
- Classic Cheese Danish
- Healthy Fruit Dip
- Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- Apple Stuffed Dates
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