Blackberry Cheese Danish

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Blackberry Cheese Danish is filled with lemon-thyme cream cheese, then topped with fresh blackberries on a buttery puff pastry crust. It’s finished with a delightful sugar glaze!

blackberry cheese danish with one piece turned sideways.
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Why You’ll Love It

Blackberry Cheese Danish is an easy recipe made with a cream cheese filling and luscious blackberry jam on a flaky pastry crust.

This danish puff pastry goes great with a hot cup of coffee in the morning, and can also double as an elegant dessert.

It’s simply delicious on Christmas morning or makes the perfect summer treat!

Using Fresh Blackberries

First things first. A trip to a roadside market is one of life’s greatest pleasures. In the south, produce stands pop up here and there in the summer months, mostly hidden along the back roads on the way to town.

It’s always a thrill to discover a new treasure at the market. Finding a big basket of sweet, plump blackberries is like winning the lottery!

Half the fun is deciding what to make. Maybe a pie? A blackberry cobbler? Or, a beautiful display of danish pastries?

Working With Puff Pastry

Puff pastry dough is right up there with refrigerated pie crusts in the ‘thank you for making my life easier’ section. I truly admire anyone who makes pastry dough from scratch.

Pre-made puff pastry sheets are easy to work with because they come with their own sheet of parchment paper. You just roll it out on a large baking sheet and start adding the toppings of your choice.

In this danish recipe, I’m making a sweet pastry that’s one of my favorite recipes. I use laminated dough from Wewalka, but you can also use Pepperidge Farm or any type of puff pastry as long as it’s not phyllo dough.

slice of blackberry danish apart from rest of the pastry.

Ingredients

Quantities are listed in the recipe card.

  • puff pastry sheet
  • neufchatel cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • lemon curd
  • fresh thyme
  • blueberry jam
  • fresh blackberries
  • cornstarch
  • half and half

How to Make Blackberry Cheese Danish

  1. To assemble the danish, start by unrolling the puff pastry onto a sheet pan. If your puff pastry doesn’t include parchment paper, make sure you roll that out first. Then, roll the edges up all the way around.
cream cheese spread on puff pastry

2. With an electric mixer, blend together a combination of softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon curd and thyme in a medium bowl. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the puff pastry, then layer a mixture of blackberries and jam on top.

blackberries spread on cream cheese filling

3. Heat oven to 425 degrees and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool pastry on a baking rack for at least 30 minutes.

sheet pan of danish.

4. Mix powdered sugar and half & half together in a small bowl. Add a little bit of almond extract if you like. Have some fun while you drizzle the sugar glaze over the entire surface. It will bring out the pastry chef in you!

5. After the pastry cools, slice it with a pizza cutter and serve at room temperature.

Variations

  • Use different fruits like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries for a completely different flavor.
  • Make apricot danish with dried apricots and jam.
  • Try cherry pie filling for a quick and easy cherry cream cheese danish.
  • Sprinkle the flaky puff pastry with lemon zest.
  • Divide dough into equal squares and create a different flavor on every pastry!
blackberry danish on a sheet pan

Recipe FAQS

Where can I find puff pastry?

Major grocery stores carry puff pastry in the same section with refrigerated pie dough. I buy puff pastry in rolls, but you can also purchase it frozen in squares. My favorite brand is Wewalka, but there are many different types. Just make sure you are buying real puff pastry and not phyllo dough or croissant dough.

Can I use regular cream cheese?

Yes, you can use any cream cheese product that you like. I used a light cream cheese in this danish puff recipe so it would spread easier. But, if you use an electric mixer to blend it, you won’t have any issues with it spreading.

Can I substitute different flavors of jam?

Absolutely! I used blueberry jam in this recipe, but you can use apricot, blackberry or raspberry. Just make sure it’s seedless or you won’t be happy with the final results.

Can I use frozen blackberries?

Yes, you can use any type of frozen fruit, but make sure it is completely frozen when it’s added to the pastry. If it thaws, there will be too much juice and the pastry will get soggy.

More Fresh Fruit Recipes

Blackberry Cheese Danish is one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever created. The flaky crust highlights the hint of lemon and thyme in the creamy cheese filling. It’s the perfect breakfast, brunch or dessert treat!

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Recipe Card

blackberry cheese danish pastry on a sheet pan.

Blackberry Cheese Danish

Blackberry Cheese Danish is filled with lemon-thyme cream cheese, then topped with fresh blackberries on a buttery puff pastry crust. It’s finished with a delightful sugar glaze.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 404kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

CREAM CHEESE LAYER

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 4 oz. neufchâtel cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon curd
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme

BERRY LAYER

  • 1 cup blueberry jam any berry jam will do
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

SUGAR GLAZE

  • 4 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. half & half

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Roll puff pastry sheet out on sheet pan.
  • Roll edges up all the way around pastry.
  • Mix cream cheese with powdered sugar, lemon curd and thyme in a small bowl. 
  • Spread a thin layer of cream cheese onto puff pastry sheet.
  • Mix jam, blackberries and cornstarch together in a small bowl.
  • Drop blackberry mixture by spoonfuls on cream cheese layer.
  • Spread the mixture evenly over pastry with a spoon.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes until puff pastry is golden brown.
  • Allow pastry to cool for 30 minutes.
  • Mix powdered sugar and half & half together until smooth.
  • Drizzle over entire pastry, then cut into rectangles and serve.
  • Sprinkle pastry with extra fresh thyme if desired.

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Notes

  • Blackberry Cheese Danish is great for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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25 Comments

  1. I like my pastry flaker so I prebake it. When I add the rest I just put foil around the edges. Also a little nutmeg and Vanilla in the frosting makes it taste richer.

    1. Yes, you can make it ahead and store it in the refrigerator. I have also kept it on the counter overnight. It’s best left out or the crust gets soggy.

    1. Yes, you can use a favorite jam such as apricot or seedless blackberry. Or, if you don’t have jam, just add 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar to the cream cheese.

  2. Okay, so I need to make this as soon as possible because it looks so darn good! We actually have blackberries that grow at the bottom of our garden so there is really no excuse! Popping by from Weekend Potluck #539

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