Quick Cheese Danish Bars

Here’s a video for a quick dessert using packaged ingredients.


It’s simple enough that you could add to it and make it your own. I love a cheese danish as is, but fruit or jam in the filling would be interesting. I’ve seen versions of this recipe on a number of websites, but they all skip the last step of the melted butter! Who would skip melted butter? Personally, since I am more than a little addicted to cinnamon, I really like that part, too. Some other ideas:

  • I think you could make it with thawed sheets of puff pastry for something a little fancier, but I might use a higher oven temperature, maybe 400° for a shorter time
  • The 1 cup of sugar, plus the sugar on top seems like a lot of sugar; I think you could use less in both places
  • If you add jam to the filling, you could swirl it in instead of making a second layer
  • You could add other ingredients to the cream cheese filling, like pumpkin for half the cream cheese, in which case, I would use the full amount of sugar and add an egg as binder
  • Add thinly sliced almonds to the cinnamon-sugar topping and a little almond flavoring to the filling
  • Maybe you make your own crescent or sweet roll dough and want to try it with this recipe

I still say it’s too much sugar, especially with the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. When I make it again, I’m using only 1/2 cup sugar in the filling, and adding an egg to it. Without the full amount of sugar, the filling could be runny without the egg. I try not to eat a lot of added sugar, despite what you see posted here, and this dessert gave me an instant headache—that’s how I know when the sugar is too much. Other than that, it was easy to make and would be a good family dessert. I’m going to walk it off on the treadmill, now.

Quick Cheese Danish Bars

  • Servings: 8-16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Preheat oven to 350°

Grease 9″ x 13″ baking dish with butter


2 8oz packages refrigerated crescent roll dough

2 8oz packages cream cheese

1/2-1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional: 1 large egg with the lesser amount of sugar


1/4-1/2 cup butter, melted (I used the smaller amount)

1/4 cup sugar (2 tablespoons might have been enough)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Cream together with an electric mixer the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla, and egg if using lesser amount of sugar, until thoroughly blended and creamy.
  2. In buttered dish, lay out one unrolled package of crescent roll dough.
  3. Spread filling over dough to edges.
  4. Lay out second package of dough over top. Do not press down or worry about it looking perfect.
  5. Pour and brush melted butter over top layer of dough. Sprinkle mixture of sugar and cinnamon over top.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes.

The bars need to cool for about an hour and may need to be refrigerated to eat by hand. I recommend this recipe for both taste and ease of making, and for the ability to adapt it to a variety of taste options.


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