Cranberry Apple Cheese Danish

Prep time 15 minutes, baking time 20 minutes

This Cranberries ,Apple and cream cheese Danish braid is one of my favorite things to make, and will bring the holidays to your table!

Quick to make, utterly delicious, and pretty too. Whether you’re serving this cheese Danish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New year


  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry (1lb)thawed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  •  2 large Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/2″ thick slice
  • 1 cup  cranberriesfresh or frozen
  • 1 egg + 1 Tbsp water for egg washbeaten together with a fork
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 Degree F
  2. Place a large pot or deep skillet over high heat.  Add sliced apples cranberries, sugar and stir until evenly coated.  Cook apples and cranberries a total of 6-7 min, stirring 3 times or until apples are lightly caramelized. Transfer apples to a plate and let cool until just warm (not hot).

        3.Unfold thawed pastry over a lightly floured work surface and roll it in one direction to make it a total of 2 inches longer.
        4.Spread cream cheese  down the center of the pastry. Place the cranberry apple filling on top of cream cheese, keeping it in the middle third and leaving 1″ of space at the top and bottom of the pastry.
          5.Cut away the top corners from the left and right thirds of the. Cut  equal 1″ strips along each side, leaving 1/2″ of space from the apples. Cut away excess dough at the bottom corners.
        6.Fold down top flap of dough and pinch the corners down to seal. Fold in the side strips, alternating from left to right. Fold up the bottom flap, pinching the corners to seal then finish folding in the last 2 side strips, pinching the corners to seal. Brush with egg wash
         7.Transfer to a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with coarse sugar, and bake at 400˚F for 18-22 minutes (mine was perfect at 20 min) or until top is golden brown.

8.Take out of oven .Once the braided apple danish is at room temperature or just warm, sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice, and enjoy!