When you wake up on Valentine’s Day, wouldn’t it be a great start to the day if you were given a Heart Shaped Danish for breakfast from your loved one? And wouldn’t it be even better if you were told that it wasn’t bought from a bakery, but instead it was homemade?
But what you don’t have to know is that the beautiful pastry was actually made from a can of crescent rolls! Then a quick and easy filling of sweetened cream cheese and jam is added on top for a beautiful presentation.
When you think about Valentine’s Day recipes, you most likely are thinking about what you will be making for dinner, not breakfast. However, making a quick and easy breakfast or treat for your loved one will get the day off to a great start.
And best of all, you can even make these danishes a day or two ahead of time. Then simply make and drizzle the glaze on top in the morning and your Valentine’s Day Breakfast is ready.
Heart Shaped Danish Recipe
*Specific measurements and complete recipe instructions are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to continue to read the tips and tricks to making this recipe below.
- Refrigerated crescent roll dough*
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Softened cream cheese**
- Strawberry or blackberry jam
- Confectioner’s sugar
*You can use a can of classic crescent roll dough that are perforated into triangles. Or you can purchase sheets of crescent roll dough.
**This recipe calls for 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened to room temperature. That equals half of a bar of cream cheese.
The first step in making this heart shaped danish recipe is to preheat the oven and line large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
While the oven is heating up it is time to make the filling. It is important that you start with cream cheese that is softened to room temperature.
Although this is a breakfast recipe, you can set the cream cheese out on the counter as soon as you get up. Then go grab a cup of coffee, take your shower and get ready for the day. By the time you are ready the cream cheese will be soft.
Place the softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla to the bowl and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Then set the filling aside while you form the crescent rolls into a heart shape.
Open the can of crescent dough and unroll it. If you are using the standard crescent roll triangles, pinch the perforations to seal.
Then roll both short ends towards each other until they meet in the middle. Using a serrated knife cut the roll in half, across the middle, so that each section has the two rolls side by side.
Then cut each half into 5 additional pieces, about 3/4 inch thick. Now it is time to form each section into a heart shape.
Working with one section of dough at a time, lay the dough onto the parchment paper. Then pinch and pull the bottom middle section of dough to make a point.
Compress The Dough In A Shape Of A Heart
Use the back of a measuring spoon or your fingers to compress each circle down to meet the point. Be sure to keep the dough in the shape of a heart.
Repeat the process with the remaining dough to make each one into a heart shaped danish. As you place the crescent dough on the prepared baking sheet, be sure to leave at least an inch between each one.
Before placing your Valentine’s Day Breakfast in the oven you must top each danish with the filling. However, before doing so, press the center of each heart to make a deep heart shaped indentation in the center of the dough.
Then spread about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in each indentation, keeping the filling in a heart shape. Add a little more filling if needed. Repeat with the remaining danishes.
Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until the edges of danishes are golden brown on the edges. The cook time will depend on how thin you made the hearts.
When the danishes are removed from the oven spread the jam over cream cheese. Because they are still warm, the jam will be able to be easily spread into a heart shape.
When the danishes are cool, make the glaze by stirring the confectioner’s sugar and milk together in a small bowl. You want the glaze thick but pourable. Start with 1 teaspoon milk and add more if needed to get desired consistency.
However, if it seems too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar. On the contrary, if it is too thick, add a little more milk. Drizzle the glaze over each heart shaped danish and serve.
It is best to store the danishes in a single layer in a closed container. Because this recipe contains cream cheese, it is recommended to store them in the refrigerator.
You can freeze them as well. However, instead of putting them in an air-tight container for freezing, it is best to flash freeze them instead.
Simply place the danishes on a large tray and freeze them individually in a single layer. Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer and place them in an air-tight container.
Be sure to place wax paper between each layer if stacking them.
Other Crescent Roll Recipes
Now that I think about it, I rarely use crescent roll dough to make actual crescent rolls. So I thought I would share some of my other favorite recipes using this popular refrigerator dough.
- Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
- The Best Crescent Roll Appetizer
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Cold Veggie Pizza
- Easy Cream Cheese Danish
- Little Red Smokies Pigs In A Blanket
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- 8 oz. can of refrigerated crescent roll dough
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla-optional
- 4 oz. softened cream cheese
- ¼ cup strawberry or blackberry jam
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. milk
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- To make the filling mix softened cream cheese with ¼ cup powdered sugar and vanilla. Set aside.
- Open the can of crescent dough and unroll it. Pinch the perforations to seal. Roll both short ends towards each other until they meet in the middle.
- Using a serrated knife cut the roll in half. Then cut each half into 5 pieces. Pinch and pull the bottom middle section of dough to make a point. Then compress each circle down to meet the point in a heart shape. Place the crescent dough heart on the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least an inch between each one.
- Press the center of each heart to make a deep heart shaped indentation to hold the filling.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the indentation, adding a little more if needed.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. The cook time will depend on how thin you made the hearts.
- When the danishes are removed from the oven spread the jam over cream cheese.
- When the danishes are cool, make the glaze by stirring the powdered sugar and milk. Start with 1 teaspoon milk and add more if needed to get desired consistency. Drizzle the hearts and serve.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.