Cheese Danish Pie Crust Squares

"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 (Recipe #266631), 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!"
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  • 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.

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  1. GinnyP
    Made this with gluten-free ingredients. Pretty darn tasty! : )
  2. twissis
    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 Recipe #164584 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. :-)
  3. PugGrannie
    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. . ." : )
  4. Mom2Rose
    Em - these are delectable little morsels!! Definitely a dessert and breakfast item!! I can't wait to make them again!


Growing up, my mom didn't keep any junk food in the house so if I wanted something sweet I had to find a way to make it (or go to a friend's house)! I loved looking through my mom's recipe books and trying to find recipes that I could make. I baked a lot of home made bread from Betty Crocker's Big Red Book, and every holiday, my mom and I would make pies together from scratch. I didn't actually get interested in cooking main courses until I got married and realized that I had to actually put dinner on the table every night. Just as I was starting to get the hang of it, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in May of 2007. This meant that I had to learn a whole new way of cooking - gluten free. I have accepted this as a new challenge and have fallen even more in love with cooking and baking. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I have success with creating a new recipe! My inspiration usually comes from a craving for something that I can't have because it is not gluten free. I immediately go back to my kitchen and learn how to make it myself! I also focus on creating recipes with all natural ingredients and avoiding artificial or added sugars.
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