Cream Cheese Danishes

A short story.

The currency of Denmark is known as the krone, or kroner. Anything being from Denmark is referred to as Danish. Therefore, Denmark’s currency is often called Danish Kroner.

I work for an international corporation. We transact in a multitude of currencies, Danish Kroner included.

Now, being human, its important to note that, just like you – I often experience cravings. Cravings can be triggered by just about anything: smells, sights, hormones.

Cravings, I’ve discovered, can even be triggered by sounds. Words. Random words. Random, non-food-related words that are said in passing while sitting at my desk at work.

“We need to buy this-many Danish Kroner to make a payment next week.”

Did you just say Danish? A cream cheese Danish? A Danish sounds GOOD! Yes, I must have a Danish, RIGHT NOW!

That night, I made cream cheese danishes.

And that is the story of how my cream cheese danishes came to be.

Cream Cheese Danishes – adapted from Easy Cream Cheese Danish on Allrecipes.com

2 cans refrigerated seamless pastry dough or croissant dough
2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 C white sugar
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBS sour cream
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 TBS+ half and half or milk
1 TBS butter, softened

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.

2. Line bottom of pan with one sheet of dough. Press into pan and pinch any seams together.

3. In a medium bowl, mix well the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and sour cream. Spread filling over dough. Place second dough sheet on top of filling.

4. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely. Note – if you cover these danishes overnight with saran wrap, they will be softer. If you leave them uncovered, they will stay more flaky/crispy. For this reason, I would make them the morning of, if possible – but don’t forget to cool them completely or the icing will melt on them.

5. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk and butter. Add additional milk as needed to reach an ideal consistency. Place icing in a plastic sandwich bag, and clip of the corner of the bag. Pipe icing over danishes.

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