Valentine’s Day Cherry Danish Pastry

Soft and scrumptious Cherry Danish Pastry Recipe. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other “just because” treat. From sweet cherries to flavorful glaze this Danish Pastry Recipe will be a favorite for years.

Danish Pastry

Our Apple Danish Recipe was so popular, we decided to do a cherry version. With Valentine’s Day arriving next month, many readers will be on the hunt for red-colored recipes. These brightly colored Cherry Danish Pastries will get the job done. We love the fact that this Easy Cherry Danish Pastry Recipe could start the day or end it. You can’t say no to eating these for breakfast or dessert.

Just looking at this picture makes me want to jump off the couch, break out my KitchenAid Mixer and go to town making these cherry danish recipe from scratch. I shall resist for now, because I “may or may not” have eaten about 5 of these bad boys while photographing them. Someone’s gotta eat the runts that don’t make it in the shot. It’s a hard job but someone has to do it. We wouldn’t want to waste food, no?

View our original Apple Danish Recipe.

Soft Cherry Danish Recipe! Perfect breakfast recipe or dessert recipe. Kid friendly recipe the whole family will enjoy!

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Cherry Danish

Soft and scrumptious Cherry Danish Pastry Recipe. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any other "just because" treat. From sweet cherries to flavorful glaze this Danish Pastry Recipe will be a favorite for years. 
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 24 Danishes
Author: Darcey Olson


  • 1/2 oz Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Warm Milk (110 - 115 degrees F)
  • 6 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Cold Butter (Cubed)
  • 1.5 cup Warm Half and Half Cream (70 - 80 degrees F)
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 1 can Cherry Pie Filling (21 oz)
  • 3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Softened Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4-5 tbsp Half and Half Cream


  • Place the warm milk in a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast over the top until frothy.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt.
  • Cut in the cubed butter until crumbly.
  • Add the yeast mixture, cream and eggs to the flour/butter mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • Refrigerate overnight (about 12 hours).
  • Punch down the dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal sections.
  • Roll each section into a 18" x 4" rectangle and cut into 4" x 1" strips.
  • To form the danish, place two strips together and twist. Shape into a ring and gently pinch the edges together. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Repeat until there is no more dough strips left.
  • The danishes should be 2" a part to allow for rising.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for about 45 minutes (in a warm place).
  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Using your pointer finger, gently push down in the middle of each danish to form a small indentation for the apple filling.
  • Top each danish with 1-1.5 Tbsp. of the cherry pie filling.
  • Bake for 15-16 minutes until slightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  • While the danishes are cooking, make the icing by beating the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and cream until your desired consistency is formed.


Adapted From Taste of Home
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