Flaky, buttery cheese danishes with ricotta cream cheese filling and slices of tart apples. Drizzled with caramel glaze for a simple yet tasty treat. With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily create these delicious danishes that you will want to make over and over again.
Last year we went apple picking for the first time. It was such a memorable family day and this year I was looking forward to doing the same but my in-laws beat us to it. They treated us to about 20 pounds of apples that they picked at an orchard. I did not complain though. We love apples in any shape or form. They make a healthy snack, preferably with side of peanut or almond butter. We also love them in our chili and salads. But nothing tastes better than baked apples in a sweet-flaky-buttery pastry.
These apple cheese danishes are pretty easy to make, thanks to the brilliance of puff pastry. I love using pre-made puff pastry dough. It’s easy to work with, it’s super versatile and tastes absolutely amazing.
You start off with rolling out the dough just slightly. Then cutting each sheet of dough into six squares. I made a creamy cheese filling, using cream cheese and ricotta. I love using both. In my opinion, it adds extra little creaminess. Place generous spoon of filling in the center of each dough square, top with apple slices, sprinkle of little sugar and bake for about 15-17 minutes.
You can technically stop here and serve these just like that but I could not resist to not drizzle them with caramel glaze, which is butter, brown sugar, milk and powdered sugar. #sogood
Serve these warm if possible. Creamy cheese filling with tender apples inside a flaky pastry is absolutely a must for any day of the week.
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed out, such as Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets
- 1-2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp. milk
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 425F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with ricotta until smooth. Add egg, sugar, and vanilla; continue beating until combined.
- On a floured surface, lightly roll out the puff pastry sheets one at a time. Cut each sheet into six squares. Place a generous tablespoon of cheese filling in the center of each square and top with 3-4 slices of apples. Fold the opposite corners together, pinching tightly in the center to seal. Lightly sprinkle each danish with sugar and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and slightly cool.
- Drizzle with Caramel Glaze and serve immediately.
- In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar; lower the heat to low and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 tablespoon of milk and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add more milk as needed.