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
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
- 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.
- In buttered dish, lay out one unrolled package of crescent roll dough.
- Spread filling over dough to edges.
- Lay out second package of dough over top. Do not press down or worry about it looking perfect.
- Pour and brush melted butter over top layer of dough. Sprinkle mixture of sugar and cinnamon over top.
- 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.