Meyer Lemon Orange Cream Cheese Danish Recipe

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The other day I read a blog post that melted my heart and inspired me all in one shot. That’s not an easy task for someone as cynical as I tend to be. I created a recipe for a fried Parmesan Crusted Potato Cake that a good blogging friend was inspired to try and even make it her own as Panko Crusted Potato Cake with Pan Fried Chicken and Garlic Lemon Caper Sauce. Sounds delish right? Well, it looks even better and while sharing the recipe Trisha got to talking about being inspired by other bloggers.

Well, today I was inspired to pay it forward. Jennifer of Mom Spotted shared this really easy recipe for an Easy Cheese Danish and then I saw this beautiful recipe for Mini Meyer Lemon Bundt Cakes. I’ve never had a Meyer Lemon before but seeing that recipe told me I just had to try one. They’re a special lemon thought to be a cross between a lemon and tangerine but honestly, I don’t care, they’re just tasty and my local grocery store happened to have bags of them available today.

So I set out to mix the flavors of the Meyer Lemon and that Cheese Danish and create something magical.

Thus, the Lemon Orange Cream Cheese Danish was born in my kitchen.

lemon orange citrus cream cheese danish

I have no other danish to compare this to because well, it’s the first one I’ve ever had. I think I tried a store bought one once but if memory serves me correctly it hit the garbage can rather quickly. This one however will quickly go from plate to mouth and leave you wanting more. The filling itself is good enough to eat with your finger … no pastry needed.

lemon orange cream cheese danish

Meyer Lemon Orange Cream Cheese Danish Recipe
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1 tube Pillsbury crescent dough
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • zest of 1 large navel orange
  • zest of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer Lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons Navel Orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • ½ tablespoon of lemon and orange zest, each
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, flour and lemon/orange zest.
  3. Spread the crescent dough over the parchment paper and with your fingers, pinch the seams closed nice and tight.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the center, leave about an inch on both ends and 3 inches on either side.
  5. Cut thick, diagonal strips down the long-side of the dough, on both sides.
  6. Fold the ends of dough over the mixture.
  7. Alternating left to right, fold the dough strips over the center creating a braided pattern.
  8. Brush the melted butter over the dough and bake on the center wrack for 18 - 22 minutes.
  9. Set aside to cool.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, lemon juice, orange juice and zest.
  11. Drip the glaze over the warm danish and serve.
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  1. says

    Yum! That sounds like a good add to mine! I’ll definitely have to try the changes when hubby isn’t around. He likes his straight up cheese danish. I need to still figure out how to give it a raspberry angle. I’m thinking jam.

    You’re so creative! I still need to share your pizza monkey bread. I’ve made it multiple times per week but in an ugly bread pan. I just found a bundt pan though :)

  2. says

    One read through, and I’m already sold without even trying it. But I might just have to try it. We love danish at our house. I know what you mean about store bought danish. A lot of it isn’t very good.

  3. says

    Alright….I’m cross posting :)

    I was just at Jennifer’s and commented on her danish post that between your Monkey Bread and her danish, I’m positioning myself to blow up my scale by New Years!

    What fun I’ll have doing it though.

    *Tonight I chopped veggies for the Monkey bread, beat the egg, and reached for the tube of dough. Only it was a tube of cinnamon rolls from someone’s cinnamon french toast recipe. Yours maybe? Thankfully, the store is just right across the street.

    • says

      Okay, that’s just hilarious. I think the french toast thing is probably Jennifer’s … I can’t handle sweets for breakfast, I’m all about the bacon, eggs and fried mush. ;)

      I need a sitewide disclaimer about weight gain and these recipes. lol

  4. says

    Oh Cat you have the best recipes ever….off to check off the links in the post and of course I cannot wait to try this:)

  5. Amber says

    This looks AMAZING…I adore Meyer Lemons too. Seriously making my mouth water!

  6. kasey says

    I don’t do much cream cheese, I don;t know why but I just don’t mesh with it, but I am going to use that bundt cake recipe!

  7. Amber says

    This looks so yummy – I’ve never tried to make a Danish before. I like ricotta more than cream cheese though, so I’ll try substituting!

  8. says

    Yum!!!!! I totally vowed to try Jennifer’s recipe when I saw it the other day, and now you have given an extra twist. I think I’ll make two for the Christmas weekend. Thank you for sharing! I love these recipes because they are something that anyone can master.

  9. Eileen says

    You had me at Pilsbury Crescent Dough! I saw this and thought NO WAY can i roll out pastry over and over, but should be do able with the P-dough! The lemon must give it such GREAT flavor! Maybe nice for Christmas Day Brunch! Doing grocery shopping for tomorrow so printing this one out! Thanks Cat!

  10. saminder gumer says

    this looks amazing and tasted even better i would think. i will have to try and make it.

  11. Heather H says

    To create a recipe of something you’ve never even tried is pretty brave but it’s hard to go work with danishes. Looks yummy and can’t wait to see what recipe you come up with next.

  12. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I’m so glad I found this recipe–it sounds delicious! and, I’m sure everyone in my family will love it–Thanks!