Orange Cream Cheese Danish

Growing up my family always had pastry on Sunday mornings. My dad would pick something up from the bakery but I’ve found an easy method to make them at home and this Orange Cream Cheese Danish with Lingonberry Preserves is also delicious.

Orange Cream Cheese Danish with Ligonberry Jam

Okay maybe I’m taking orange to the extreme but still this Orange Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect start to Broncos Sunday. I should have filled it with blueberry preserves huh?

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All of Denver is showing Bronco fervor this week…really can you blame us? We might have been to a couple of Super Bowls and won a couple too but it’s been awhile and the city is on fire for our team. Legions of people are wearing orange and blue including me and I just hate the color orange! Luckily orange is a great flavor for this Danish with the Lingonberry Preserves I recently picked up from IKEA.

Although this is certainly a sweet breakfast treat, the orange combined with the mildly tart Lingonberry resulted in a ‘not too sweet but just right’ dish to serve for breakfast with coffee or for hungrier eaters, a fried egg and some bacon on the side. Yeah, that might even be me!


Just one sign of Broncos fever? The City and County Building of Denver, normally only lit up with holiday lights has been transformed; so have signs all over the city as a matter of fact. We take this stuff seriously; if you’re in Denver, heck I would say all of Colorado and you don’t know the Broncos are going to the Super Bowl you must be locked up in that maximum security penitentiary somewhere in the middle of the state.

Even the football haters KNOW it’s happening (no Karen, I’m not talking about you…OK maybe I am!).

But getting back to the main topic at hand, I can’t take credit for this Orange Cream Cheese Danish. It’s all Pillsbury’s doing. I might have changed up the flavors a bit but long ago I saw them using Crescent Rolls on their site to make a quick Danish and I was hooked.

Growing up; in our family this would have been called a Stollen; it’s a German thing. I remember my Dad would stop by the bakery every Sunday after church and get one Stollen and one Gooey Butter Cake (the real deal!).

Six kids meant we needed more than one and I loved both; we all did. Most special was getting to choose which flavor. I’ve always been a cream cheese filled anything. Danish, croissants, Stollen and this.

Adding a bit of a fruit touch is just icing on the Danish! Which is then iced. Why Lingonberry Preserves? Simple as making only my second trek to IKEA last week; I had to buy SOMETHING! Use whatever you have that is a bit tart; I would go with raspberry or strawberry preserves in a heartbeat.


I’ve been in my new home for four weeks now; you would think I would be put together and stuff would be progressing somewhat normally. You would be so wrong.

I did get my kitchen pretty much in order although I’m still missing a few things but I’m tired of opening boxes so I’m on strike for a few days. I cannot find a dryer vent hose to match the shape of what the builder put in and that exercise has wasted HOURS. It’s not like I’m alone; there are millions of Richmond homes all over; someone MUST have a vent hose that will work with an oval fixture right?

I have also yet to find my stupid gray card that I rely on for white balance when taking photos; which is why this post is so very lacking with photos. I managed a quick snap of this Danish with my phone and was done with it!

I have SO much light coming in the kitchen sliding door on the left in the photo above that I have to get something to filter it before I can take good photos in this space. I want to put a light fixture in my studio with photo light bulbs so I can work when I missed the sun or on cloudier days like today and I’ve not even ordered the bulbs yet!


Maybe some of the delay in getting everything done could be blamed on a cat? This little guy used to belong to my daughter Emily but she found him a new home when it became apparent after YEARS that he would never get used to her dog.

The poor guy spent his life under a bed or only coming out when Ginny her Corgi was gone. That was unfair and months ago she thought she found a family who wanted him. Whew. She moved to North Carolina in December and the women changed her mind a few weeks ago; she was moving and couldn’t take him. First reaction? WHAT??? She just expected Em to take him back?

So guess where he has landed? He is sweet as can be and I would love to show you just how pretty he is but so far he just scoots out from under a table for seconds or else ventures out under cover of darkness; this was the best I could do but he has a sweet disposition going for him and I’m seeing positive results to being patient and attentive. Maybe next year I’ll see him during daylight hours!

I did rename him. Evidence of my Broncos fervor? I named him Peyton after our new quarterback Peyton Manning!

Anyway…wasn’t this about the Broncos or at least about a Danish to serve on Broncos Day? OK, maybe they are not celebrating Broncos Day all across the country but for fanatics folks in my town; I suggest this Orange Cream Cheese Danish as the perfect start for Sunday; you could even put some blueberries on the side if blue is absolutely necessary.

I wish I had more photos but I know it will get better once I get some things figured out. Moving is always hard but I love this place and I look so forward to making new dishes to share from my kitchen. New cocktails too!

Go Broncos!!

Orange Cream Cheese Danish with Ligonberry Jam

Orange Cream Cheese Danish with Preserves

5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 358 kcal


  • 3 ounce package of cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 8 ounce can Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 4 tablespoons Jam – Lingonberry or Raspberry
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in orange juice; mix well and set aside.
  • If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough onto cookie sheet; press into 13×7-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough onto cookie sheet; press into 13×7-inch rectangle.
  • Spoon cream cheese mixture lengthwise down center 1/3 of rectangle. Top cream cheese with jam and spread it to cover cream cheese.
  • On each long side of dough rectangle, make angled cuts 1 inch apart to edge of filling. Fold opposite strips of dough over filling and cross in center to form a braided appearance; seal ends.
  • Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, orange juice and vanilla until smooth; drizzle over coffee cake.
  • Cover and refrigerate any remaining coffee cake.


Nutrition Facts
Orange Cream Cheese Danish with Preserves
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword breakfast, cream cheese, danish, orange
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  1. This recipe does not list the ingredients – just the directions. Can you please update the recipe? I would love to try making baking it!

    1. I’ll be honest I was working on that old post the other day and I have no idea what happened when I saved it but luckily I found the full copy as another entry in the database and it’s published now. Good catch because I had no idea. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Greg you are a DOLL. But no; it’s 6 inches and the wall vent is probably just a hair over 4″ so it would be almost impossible to crimp that up tight enough. I’ve got a new plan! The first hose I bought was wire and foil (which I’ve since learned is NOT recommmended anyhow) so I just bought one that is ridged metal. I saw a YouTube video where the guy took a piece of pipe and used it to smooth down the ridges on the end for the wall connection which expands the internal diameter just enough to fit over the vent. Of course I won’t use anything less than a pie rolling pin!

      I talked to a super with the homebuilder and he said they know it’s an issue but without an extra inch of wall space they had to minimize that wall area. Really. ONE INCH? I know my house could have been an inch wider and still fit on this little lot. As a matter of fact; I just finished my post for today and I’m off to tackle this job. I’m tired of scratchey towels and pants that take a day or two to dry. 🙂

    1. Say what? NO…you must now be a FANATIC for the Broncos!! Okay, if you insist then at least a fanatic for Danish. This is great with lemon too but I had to go orange or go home, you know? 🙂

  2. Barb, the cat is orange. I think it is a good luck sign. She/he is so pretty. I hope he warms up to everything soon! Offer him a piece of this Danish. It looks totally yummy. Did you like Ikea? I buy their elderflower water or whatever it is. The kitchen is looking great but when I come visit I expect a piece of this Danish, too!

    1. I talked to Em yesterday and she said when she got her that they were calling her a ‘red’ tabby. Oh well, I’ll embrace the orange because yesterday I decided it was time to rename him and, well, Peyton it is! Just seems the right thing to do considering he showed up during this pre-Super Bowl time. Em had named him Weaselby after a character in Harry Potter and I just could not identify with that. Since they don’t come when called anyhow…time to punt. No wait, Peyton is a quarterback…and it does seem he is already in control so it’s perfect!

  3. i have made endless amounts of these…..i tell you what, here
    is a tastier easier way…..use puff pastry, no need to roll out,
    just place on a parchment lined sheet pan. use your knife to
    cut an edge of 1/2″, a shallow cut….do not go through the
    pastry. i use lemon zest in my cream cheese, and no sugar.
    Since the preserves are sweet enough….of course that is
    optional. Bake as you bring out. Also, we do love the
    puff pastry filled and folded in half. then baked….

    1. I do love me some puff pastry…but probably love Crescent Rolls more if they are already in my fridge. 🙂

      I usually use lemon but hey, we’re going Broncos all the way this week…so orange it was and it was good too!

  4. I love the convenience of crescent rolls for recipes like this! The new dough sheets they have are just great. No more pressing all those seams together 🙂 You’ve reminded me that it has been a long, long time since I’ve made a breakfast pastry. I really need to fix that.

    Best luck to your Broncos on Sunday!!

  5. This looks like a great way to start off Super Bowl Sunday. We are going to try a new approach and will do something civilized in the morning before screaming at the tv in the afternoon– a visit to the symphony. Even the Symphony is in Broncos spirits as tickets for the concert at noon are $18. My 3rd grader enjoys going but this will be the first try for my 5 year old– hoping it works out well!

  6. Hope you find your gray card soon! What a pain. WIth a lot of cameras you can take a picture of an evenly lit white piece of paper (must fill entire viewfinder) and do a custom white balance with that. Although nothing beats a gray card. Anyway, fun recipe! Hope you have a fun Sunday cheering on the Broncos!

  7. I love your new kitchen, Barb! I can see you having loads of fun creating wonderful meals there. And this Danish is certainly stunning! Super Bowl fever is sweeping Washington, too – even in our little valley we have blue and green everywhere.

    1. Were you in my kitchen spying on me…how did you know? 🙂

      Thankfully the truth is I had a meeting I took it to because it would be pretty easy to finish off; it sure is easy to make!

  8. The house is looking really pretty. I bet this Danish is delicious too. Have your new neighbors realized how lucky they are to have you cooking up a storm near them? If they haven’t yet they soon will.

    1. What neighbors? Oh yeah, I have two and everytime I think to go meet them with a basket of cookies it snows. Then I have to eat the cookies. 🙂

      Do you have a light that goes on outside when your oven is turned on like I do? They must not know yet…cause I need help eating this type of sweet treat!

  9. We cannot get ready-made dough but lucky thing I love making yeasted coffee cake dough and I even make something sort of similar. I used to think I wouldn’t like orange anything until I made orange choux and now I really want to try your recipe.

    Your new kitchen is *sigh* gorgeous… Happy you.

    1. Pshaw…you are the master of homemade; if I knew how to keep this post from reaching your inbox I would have; it is so ‘Sandra Lee’ of me. 🙂

      But seriously, like I told Maureen, I like some of the Pillsbury stuff; it might not be what I would use for a holiday dessert but for everyday quick and easy; their products do a good job and make some dishes accessible to a lot of people that simply don’t have the time or desire to start from scratch. Like me right now. 🙂

    1. I don’t use a lot of prepared foods but I like their biscuits, rolls, pizza and pie doughs for ease sometimes. What I want to try next? Realizing that a lot of us are using the dough just like I did, they’ve starting offering just a single sheet of it. That will be nice; pinching the perforations together works but seamless would be preferred. I saw the kitty in my bedroom this morning; of course he split as soon as I got up but seems every day he hangs around a bit longer. Funny that I can’t find him now though…I know he likes the rooms with carpet and there are only two he can get to…he is a master at hiding because I can not locate him!

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