so i cheated a little making this danish, which only means you can too! i used store bought puff pastry (dun dun DUUUUN). i'm sorry barefoot contessa, please forgive me! maybe one day i will devote an entire blog post to making puff pastry alone, but for this recipe store bought is fine. i wanted to use pumpkin & cream cheese in a unqiue way, something you don't often see pumpkin in, which is when the light bulb went off! a pumpkin cream cheese danish. it is flakey, it is cream cheesy, it is pumpkiny & it is downright delicious. it's another one of those dessert for breakfast items that is totally socially acceptable. it's also a perfect way to use up that little bit of pumpkin puree that always seems to be left in the can. i hate seeing even an ounce of pumpkin go to waste!


  • 1 box (1 pound) puff pastry, cold
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment beat cream cheese, egg, white sugar, cornstarch & vanilla until smooth. set aside.
  • in a separate mixing bowl stir pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves & vanilla. set aside.
  • once your filling is ready, roll out your puff pastry to a thin rectangular shape.
  • cut lines diagonally on each side leaving about 4-5 inches in the center (see photos). add your cream cheese followed by spoonful's of the pumpkin mixture.
  • fold in ends & cross the lines in a V shape to get the braided effect. you can do an egg wash or milk wash if you desire.
  • bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown.
  • while the danish bakes, make your glaze by combining icing sugar & milk until the desired consistency is formed.
  • remove from oven & immediately drizzle with the glaze.

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