Ingredients to make this delicious recipe for crescent roll cream cheese Danish include two 8-ounce cans of refrigerated crescent rolls, two 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar plus enough for sprinkling, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, one egg and milk. Jam or lemon curd is optional.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and lightly grease a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Separate the contents of one can of crescent rolls, and place the triangles on the bottom of the pan, pressing them firmly together.
Use an electric mixer to combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and egg. Spread this mixture over the layer of dough in the baking dish.
Layer the second can of crescent rolls over the mixture, and pinch the edges together. Brush the top layer of dough with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30 minutes.
Serve with a dollop of any flavor of whole berry jam, preserves or lemon curd if desired. This recipe yields six to nine danish or more, depending on how you cut them. This pastry makes an excellent addition to your breakfast or brunch table. Total time needed to prepare, including cooking, is approximately 50 minutes.