My mom used to make cinnamon rolls with pie crust scraps, which gave me the idea for making these danishes. It is a great way to use leftover dough and enjoy the taste of a cheese danish without having to make a whole batch. These danishes are a wonderful treat to have with your coffee in the morning! I make them with my gluten free pie crust recipe (Bette Hagman’s Four Flour Pastry (Gluten Free Pie Crust)), so I do not know how they would taste on a regular wheat flour crust, but I'm sure they would still be tasty! I like to make half the batch with chocolate chips and the other half with raspberry jam (put this on top of the cream cheese mixture before baking). I had trouble naming this one, so I would love to hear ideas for a tasty and descriptive name!
- Roll out your extra pie crust about 1/4 inch thick and cut into 6 squares. Take the scrap dough from that and shape into a 7th square (this one won't look as nice, but will be just as tasty!). Press down in the middle of your squares to make a small circular indention.
- In a small bowl mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together with a fork until it has the consistancy of icing. Scoop a small amount in the center of each square (about 1/2-1 tsp). Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees (you can put it right in with your pie).
- Let cool for a few minutes, then pop a chocolate chip in the center of the gooey cream cheese. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top for the final touch.
Made this with gluten-free ingredients. Pretty darn tasty! : )
Made for the *Best of 2008* cookbook game + FTs *Prop It Up* photo challenge & tagged from fellow-gypsy M2Rs faves, I put a twist on your recipe by making the pie crust for the recipe vs using leftover pie crust. Using the crust from Rustic Salmon Pie by Bergy (a pers fave) & otherwise made as written, I let my imagination run amuck thru what I had on-hand & made a variety that included mini-choc chips, strawberry preserves, coconut, caramel syrup, sugared cinnamon w/nutmeg & Red Hot cinnamon candies. The end result was a smorgasbord of taste treats & fun day in my kitchen. They are so easy to fix & would be ideal as a bite-size brunch finale, after-school treats for kids or when you just want to indulge yourself w/something yummy. Thx for sharing this creative recipe w/us, Em. :-)
Haven't tried, but just want to say that I think the name is perfect. The first two words alone made me want to check out this recipe. How can you go wrong with anything that starts out with "Cheese Danish. . ." : )