Jammy Cream Cheese Danishes

I don’t care for it much as an adult, ’cause we don’t really do anything, but as a kid, Valentine’s Day was probably my favorite holiday.

I know everyone things of Halloween as the “candy” holiday, but hear me out.

Valentine’s Day has better candy.

Fewer spooky scary things.

Plus you don’t have to go through all the work of dressing up and going door to door begging strangers for candy, which was always super stressful for a shy, self-conscious introvert like me.

But I absolutely loved the tradition of giving out Valentines to all of my classmates. Every year we’d pick out a pack of Valentine’s cards at the store, address one to every classmate, tape a piece of candy to them, and give them all out on Valentine’s Day.

As with a lot of things, I definitely grew up assuming everyone did this, but I actually have no idea if this was just a regional thing, so let me know what Valentine’s Day traditions were like where you grew up.

These puff pastry danishes are SUPER simple to make, but look so elegant (and taste wonderful!)

They’re great for parties or holiday breakfasts or as a treat to give out to friends and family.

Jammy Cream Cheese Danishes

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted
  • 6 tbsp jam (any flavor, but stronger flavors work better!)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • powdered sugar for dusting, optional
Cooking Directions
  1. Blend cream cheese and vanilla paste until smooth and fluffy. Set aside.
  2. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 9 squares. Fold the corners of each square in.
  3. Top each square with 1 tbsp cream cheese mixture, then top with 1 tsp jam. Brush puff pastry with egg wash.
  4. Bake at 400F 15-20 min. Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar if you’d like.
  5. Enjoy!

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