Danish Delights - Any Fruit, Pie Filling or Almond

"This is a modified Meduri Farms recipes from Smart Cooking the Costco Way. I prefer fresh fruit, this recipe calls for dried. Just be aware that if you use fresh, there will be juice escape from the fruit during cooking. I later further modified it to allow for pie filling, almond paste or jam."
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Ready In:
8 Each


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 14 cup cottage cheese (optional)
  • 14 cup sugar (More if you have a real sweet tooth or 1/4 cup Splenda)
  • 1 small egg (if large, beat and just add half or double the recipe)
  • 12 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 12 cup dried fruit (go juicy and try fresh or use pie filling or jam) or 1/2 cup almond paste (go juicy and try fresh or use pie filling or jam)
  • 1 batch crescent roll (Crescent Rolls without the kosher salt and caraway or roll Pillsbury seamless)
  • 12 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 12 tablespoon milk
  • 12 tablespoon butter, soft
  • nuts (to garnish)


  • Beat cream cheese, cottage cheese (if using) and sugar until smooth in a mixer. Add egg, lemon peel, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until well blended.
  • If using dried fruit, fold it into the cream cheese mixture. If using fresh fruit, jam or pie filling, hold it aside.
  • If using Pillsbury rolls, open crescent rolls. Do not unroll, just slice into 8 pieces. If you made your own, shape into 8 rounds.
  • Place on silpat. Press in the center to make a depression for the cream cheese and fruit/filling or jam.
  • Place 1/8th of the mixture in the center of each. If using fresh fruit, pie filling or jam, spoon some on top of that in the center of each.
  • If using nuts, sprinkle on top now.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove fro oven and place on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes.
  • Mix butter and confectioners' sugar. Then add milk and mix to make icing.
  • Drizzle over each danish.

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As I am in South Florida, I have many edible fruits and perennial veggies in my yard. So, I like to cook with them.
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