Raspberry Linzer Cheese Danishes

oooooh yeah baby!

I am rushing to get this post out to you because I want to give you enough time to gather the ingredients for your breakfast tomorrow! Pay attention. These danishes are AMAZING. Crispy flaky outside meets chewy gooey inside. Raspberry jam, marzipan & cream cheese unite to give your taste buds a happy dance! You will be amazed that you made these! You will also realize how much these trump the tired old store bought fruit/cheese danishes you are used to eating. Just wait until you taste one that’s still warm! Prepare to be thoroughly impressed!

You shouldn’t worry about folding the puff pastry. I was nervous that they were going be totally ugly because I made quite a mess in the process. I went through like 3 different styles of folding the dough on the first batch to see which one worked best. They all did. The combo of the toasted almonds and the sugar drizzle on top will mask any imperfections. And if they are still not perfect, one bite will tame that O.C.D. beast you have inside you. When I say YOU, I really mean ME. The end.

Let’s get started!

Measure out your marzipan. Take a taste. Good, huh?

hello marzipan

Mix the cream cheese & marzipan together. Then add vanilla, egg yolk & powdered sugar to them. Beat.

mixing the filling

Take your puff pastry and roll it out into a 10 inch square. Cut into 4 pieces.

puff pastry

Put each square on a parchment paper lined pan. Add the filling & top with the jam.

topping

Brush egg white all round the edges and then fold up two corners to the center. Pinch.

sealing the deal

Brush the pastry with more egg wash. Top with slivered almonds and put them in the oven to bake!

into the oven....

Now they hafta cool. Get your paws away! Ok if you can sacrifice one and your burning your taste buds, GO FOR IT!

here they are out of the oven...

Make the drizzle.

sugar drizzle

And drizzle it on top of each danish.

drizzle party!

I bet you can’t eat just one.

breakfast this AM

I wish I could have…damn you!

Raspberry Linzer Cheese Danishes

makes 4

(recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup marzipan or almond paste
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed and refrigerated
  • 4 teaspoons raspberry jam
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and marzipan at high speed for 1 minute. Beat in 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar. Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla and salt.

Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll out to form a 10-inch square; cut into 4 equal squares and place on the prepared baking sheet. Dollop the cream cheese mixture evenly in the center of each square; top with 1 teaspoon jam. In a small bowl, beat the egg white with a fork, then lightly brush some of it onto the pastry. Lift 2 opposite corners of each pastry and cross over the center, overlapping slightly; pinch to seal. Brush the tops with more egg white and sprinkle with the almonds. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

In a small bowl, stir the remaining 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and the heavy cream with a fork until smooth; drizzle over the cooled pastries.

***I should note that I used Trader Joe’s puff pastry for this. There were two 10 inch squares in the package and I actually made 8 total danishes rather then the 4 that this recipe says it makes. I had enough filling for all of them.***

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  • Megan

    Wow, these looks delicious AND easy, my favorite combo! Good to know the drizzle & almonds cover any folding mistakes, I definitely get OCD about that sort of stuff.

  • kat

    beautifully done! you’d think these were made at a bakery or cafe, they look so tasty and professional!

  • Akaur

    These look amazing…and simple to boot! I’m lacto-vegetarian, so I’ll just omit the egg. I can’t wait to get baking…

    • Tracy

      Let me know how that goes! I actually had to run to the store real quick to pick up eggs for the recipe…almost risked it but chickened out!

  • Julie (Bananas for Bourbon)

    *sigh* Why do you do this to me? That looks amazingly delicious, and too simple! I don’t want to know how simple! I’ll eat them! All of them! AHHHH!

  • rachel

    Tracy I was trying to figure out what state you’re in, because the TJ’s near me in Massachusetts hasn’t carried the puff pastry in quite some time, which is so sad because it was such a good combo of quality and price!!! Did you get it recently? I wonder if it’s one of those regional things…

    • Tracy

      I live in California. Oh no! That’s so sad! You should demand they stock up!

    • Marci

      Rachel, I live in MA, too and have not seen it either. Let’s gang up and pester TJ’s! Maybe they will carry it for us! 😉 These danish, BTW, I’m drooling. Have to go wipe off my keyboard now…

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  • Jenny Johnson

    YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!! Perfect for my next brunch!

    :)

  • Dana

    Tracy! I’m so glad you posted about these. I just used some marzipan for a rhubarb tart and have a ton of it left over. I almost never use it but it’s so expensive I hate to throw it away. Now I know I can make something awesome with it! We often have people over for brunch and this is a really special thing to serve. Thank you!

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  • Krista

    This recipe is AMAZING!!! My 3 precious children look forward to having these as much as possible! This is the best danish recipe ever, it cant be beat!

    • Tracy

      Awesome! Don’t you just love the filling? I swear it’s dangerous how easily these danishes come together.

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