Desserts

Cheese Heart Danishes

These Cheese Heart Danishes are a must-make this Valentine's Day. They come together in just about 30 minutes and are filled with a sweet cream cheese filling and topped with fresh strawberries. They are crispy, flakey, and perfectly golden brown!

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five cheese heart shaped danishes on a plate that are filled with cream cheese filling and topped with fresh strawberries.

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.

all the ingredients that you need to make these cheese danishes in individual containers.

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.

the heart shaped puff pastries after being baked.

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.

all the baked Cheese Heart Danishes on a plate.

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

Can I use a dairy free cream cheese instead of regular?

Yes, totally!

Can I make this without an egg and use a flax egg instead?

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.

Can I make the filling ahead of time?

Yes, totally!

Other Recipes You May Like

If you make these Cheese Heart Danishes, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest!

Cheese Heart Danishes

These Cheese Heart Danishes are a must-make this Valentine's Day. They come together in just about 30 minutes and are filled with a sweet cream cheese filling and topped with fresh strawberries. They are crispy, flakey, and perfectly golden brown!
5 based on 3 reviews
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PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
23 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
33 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 8oz lite or regular cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • egg wash
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

8 hearts

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Next, make the cream cheese filling by adding in the softened cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla extract into an electric mixer. Mix on medium to high speed for 45-60 seconds or until ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Next, roll out the thawed puff pastry sheets and cut out hearts with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  4. Then, using a knife, score around the edges of the heart, see photos above.
  5. Place the hearts on the prepared baking sheet and, inside the scored edge, fill each heart with the cream cheese filling and then top with diced strawberries.
  6. Brush the edges with the egg wash and place in the oven to bake for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar if desired and enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • 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.

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Made these the other week and they were amazing! I just bought a cookie cutter so I can make them again and they’ll look even better this time. Love your recipes!

Awww yay!! I’m so glad you liked them girl, although the free hand hearts looked great! 😉

I made these today for my daughter’s birthday party and everyone LOVED them!! They were an absolute hit

I loved these pastries they turned out amazing and taste better than toaster strudels!

Hi Jasmin! I’m happy you enjoyed them, they are def up there on my list of top favorites!