Cherry Pinwheel Danish

by Amy on 15 July 2014

Cherry Pinwheel DanishI have very fond memories of breakfast pastries. Growing up, every once in a while as a treat, my dad would drive to the local bakery and come home with AMAZING freshly-made pastries and danishes for our breakfast. My personal favorite was a round-shaped one with raspberry, cherry or cream cheese filling in the center, drizzled with a super sweet, super delicious glaze. Mmmmm. I found myself thinking about those wonderful childhood pastries recently, so, one quiet weekend, I decided to try my hand at making homemade breakfast pastries for my family.

I made the dough on a Saturday morning, shaped + baked the pastries on Saturday evening, then made + drizzled the glaze over ’em on Sunday morning, right before we ate them. And y’all, I’m pretty darn pleased with how my first foray into pastry-making went! The dough is delightfully soft, buttery, and just perfectly sweet. Paired with the delicious cherry and/or cream cheese fillings, and the fantastic glaze, these were such a fun treat. The only thing I didn’t like? The insanely large size. I expected them to shrink up a lot while baking, so I made them HUGE. Well, they didn’t shrink up at all, so I was left with gorgeous, but humongous pastries. Next time, I’m going to make them a more reasonable size, which should make the ratio of pastry to filling perfect. They really were super delicious, so I’m looking forward to perfecting them the next time around! =)

Cherry Pinwheel Danish

Cherry Pinwheel Pastries

makes 18-20 large danish, adapted from Sweet Girl Confections


Pastry Ingredients:
4 1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
3 eggs
1/2 cup whipping cream

Filling Ingredients:
To make cherry danish: 1 1/4 cups cherry pie filling, either store-bought or homemade (or substitute another flavor jam/pie filling instead)
To make cream cheese danish: (Beat the following 4 ingredients together until smooth).
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Egg Wash Ingredients:
1 egg
1 Tbsp water

Icing Glaze Ingredients:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp whipping cream


In medium bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp sugar and warm water; let stand until foamy & frothy, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together flour, 1/3 cup sugar and salt; cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives used in a scissor-like fashion until mixture resembles cornmeal.

Whisk 3 eggs and 1/2 cup cream into (now frothy) yeast mixture; pour into flour mixture and stir to incorporate, until moistened. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; butter two large baking sheets; set wire racks over waxed paper.

Remove dough from refrigerator, divide dough in two (return one half of dough to the fridge), and use a rolling pin to roll out one half of the dough into a 12-inch square on a lightly floured board; cut into nine 4-inch squares.

Dollop 1 tbsp of the filling into the center of each square of rolled dough.

On each square, slice a 2-inch cut from each corner in toward the center; fold every other tip in toward the center (pressing firmly), forming the pinwheel shape (easy peasy!) Transfer pinwheels to baking sheets using a spatula. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Beat 1 egg with 1 Tbsp water in a small cup; brush this egg wash lightly over pastries using a pastry brush.

Bake in preheated (350 degree F) oven for about 25 minutes — switching baking sheets on oven racks halfway through baking time — until beautifully golden. Transfer pastries to prepared wire racks to cool completely.

Meanwhile, to prepare the icing glaze: in a small bowl, mix powdered sugar with 2 tbsp cream. Once pastries are completely cool, using a fork or spoon, drizzle icing glaze over pastries in zig-zag pattern.

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 15, 2014 at 7:36 am

Oh wow!! These are freaking gorgeous. Love!

2 Choc Chip Uru July 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

Pinned. Pinned. Pinned forever. So beautiful 😀

Choc Chip Uru

3 Annie @ Annie's Noms July 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

These are so pretty! I love breakfast pastries, but have to admit I’ve never tried to make my own Danish pastries! Seeing yours really makes me want to though!

4 amy July 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

Thank you, Annie! They were SO enjoyable to make. Definitely took a little time, but I actually find that relaxing – the different steps, the dough resting time, etc. Hope you try them and love them!

5 danielle July 15, 2014 at 10:56 am


6 Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I’m not comprehending when you write “make them a more reasonable size” because those big pastries look the perfect size to me! What a great breakfast treat!

7 amy July 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Bahaha, Leah, you are so funny!

8 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health July 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

gorgeouss, i want some

9 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake July 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

These are so pretty! I love that you gave options for cherry or cream cheese filling too!

10 Caitlin July 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

So adorable! Im really impressed. Im going to my home town this week and i have a favorite pastry that my dad would always bring home for me, which i plan on getting!

11 Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen July 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Breakfast pastries are one of my weaknesses! I just can’t pass a good one up, and yours look gorgeous and so yummy!

12 Emily @ Life on Food July 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm

These are gorgeous. My husband and my dad are obsessed with danish. My dad’s fav is cherry and my hubby likes the cheese. This post was made for them. Pinned and pinned!

13 amy July 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Fabulous, Emily!

14 Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

These danish look gorgeous! Love your fun shape. Whenever I buy pastries, I always go for the danish first. Pinning this!

15 Jess July 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

What a gorgeous presentation to boot! I’ll be pinning as well!

16 Meg July 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

oh yuuummmmmm these look absolutely delish!

17 Anna (Hidden Ponies) July 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

These are beautiful!! A very successful foray, I’d say :)

18 Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I love that you included the before/after shots, so helpful! Thanks for sharing, these look delicious :)

19 Kathy @ Olives & Garlic July 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Oh heavens, these look beautiful and so fun.

20 natalie@thesweetslife July 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

i just got back from a business trip where we ate way too many of these in meetings…will totally be having withdrawal so now i’ll have to make my own! i can’t wait!

21 Anna @ shenANNAgans July 17, 2014 at 12:06 am

They are absolutely gorgeous. I am planning my besties baby shower, reckon these beauties will be on the menu. :) So pretty, and who doesnt love danish right?!

22 Thalia @ butter and brioche July 17, 2014 at 2:13 am

these are just the cutest pinwheels i have ever seen! love the innovative take on the classic danish recipe… yum!

23 Adri July 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

Beautiful! What immaculate work. I adore cheese danish!

24 Cailee July 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

WOW! Don’t these look so beautiful!! Lovely recipe :) They look like the packaged ones you buy… but these are so much fresher and better for you! LOVE it !!!

25 Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} July 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Pastries in the morning are the best way to make sure you have a good day, and another one at night makes sure your day ends well too. That’s my philosophy! These are so beautiful! I love that you made your own dough…definitely pinning because I have never attempted!

26 amy July 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Love your philosophy, Alyssa!

27 dina July 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

these look so yummy!

28 Kelly July 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

These look beautiful Amy! I love that you made your own dough and I think they look like the perfect size to me :) They definitely look better than any one bought from the bakery and the two fillings sound perfect!

29 Jess @ whatjessicabakednext July 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

These danishes look amazing! Your pictures are stunning! I make lemon curd danishes for the first time earlier this year, I was surprised how easy to make they were! Definitely bookmarking this recipe to try- looks fab! :)

30 amy July 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

I love lemon anything, so I know I’d love your lemon curd danishes. YUM!

31 Lokness @ The Missing Lokness July 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

How cute these danishes are! That pinwheel shape is awesome! I gotta whip up some of these soon! Pinning!

32 Beth July 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Those really do look beautiful. Maybe a bit large, but probably equally wonderful when cut in half!

33 Kumar's Kitchen July 21, 2014 at 2:47 am

these danish pinwheels look dazzling,like pretty edible jewels….after making them we would probably see them well before we enjoy their sublime taste….thanks for such inspirational recipes :-)

34 Amy (Savory Moments) July 23, 2014 at 5:40 am

These look so pretty and really perfectly shaped. I love a good breakfast pastry – it’s such a nice treat!

35 sarah k @ the pajama chef July 23, 2014 at 8:49 am

these are so pretty, amy! good job!

36 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) July 24, 2014 at 6:53 am

Never been overly into Danishs, but you’ve made them rather enticing to this glutton. :-)

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