It Just Wouldn’t be Christmas Without Andy’s Christmas Danish

Andy’s Christmas Danish


I was so delighted to see Rebecca’s email last week about her favorite Christmas things. Rebecca is a good friend of mine and her kids are absolutely adorable. They hold a very special place in my heart, as I had the distinct privilege of teaching them the proper way to eat ice cream—you know, with the spoon backwards so it fits better on your tongue. Let me just say, it was a blast eating a Wendy’s frosty with a 5, 3, and 1 year old that day, I felt like a kid again.

There were three things she said, “It just wouldn’t be Christmas without…”

#1 “The Sound of Music”.  I HAVE to see that movie in December.  It’s not even a Christmas movie and I wouldn’t have even thought about it being a must, except for you made me think of the things I need to experience in December.

On a side note, if you didn’t already know, NBC will remake the Rogers and Hammerstein classic based on the original Broadway show, which starred Mary Martin. It will premiere sometime in the 2013 holiday season. Here, Carrie Underwood sings “Sound of Music” from “The Sound of Music” on the CBS special Movies Rock!

#2 Andy’s Christmas Danish.  I think he made it up in his head.  It’s just crescent rolls rolled out with cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar and egg yolk (mixed in with the cream cheese) and pecans on top.  It’s not only that it’s so delicious . . . it’s that Andy made it and it’s Christmas!  It’s really the only day we ever make it.

#3 Finger foods all day on the 25th.  We don’t make a big meal on Christmas day.  EVER.  We have a veggie tray, a sandwich tray (with rolls and good ham), sausage balls, those little wiener things rolled up (pigs in a blanket), these little pecan pastries that I make (from Pampered Chef), and whatever else sounds good.  It’s my FAVORITE part of Christmas (other than the presents) and I look forward to it the entire month.  It would NOT feel like Christmas if we had a big meal planned. :D

Rebecca seemed pretty excited when I asked for Andy’s Christmas Danish recipe—that meant Andy would have to make it BEFORE Christmas so she could get a photo for me. (See how I help my friends out.) Anyway, the photo of her daughter was beyond cute, staring down at her treat waiting for mom to take a picture … then I noticed her tongue anxiously waiting at the corner of her mouth to take a bite! I told you, they are absolutely adorable!

She is ready to have some of Dad’s Danish, her tongue can hardly wait!

Andy’s Christmas Danish
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 egg white
Cheese Filling
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅛ cup sugar
  • pecans (however much you like)
  1. Mix the filling until smooth. Spread one can of refrigerated dough in a sprayed 8x8 baking dish. Spread the filling on top of the dough. Top with the second can of dough. Beat the egg white and brush the top of the dough.
  2. Mix the topping and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 375° degrees until the dough browns, approximately 15-20 minutes. Allow to sit after removing from the oven until the cheese filling has had a chance to "set", but not so long that it's cold. It's best warm.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Serves 4-6

My friend Andy, enjoying his Christmas Danish a little early this year. :)

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10 Responses to It Just Wouldn’t be Christmas Without Andy’s Christmas Danish

  1. john@kitchenriffs December 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I have to say, Andy’s Christmas Danish looks mighty good! I love cream cheese, and it’s hard to beat a topping of cinnamon and pecans. I’d definitely have seconds! ;-) Good stuff – thanks.
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  2. Rebecca December 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Oh my . . . we’re FAMOUS!! Hahaha . . . Abbie Grace is beYOND excited to have her picture on your blog. And thank you for teaching my children the correct way to eat ice cream. They always remember HOW to eat it, but when we get a Wendy’s Frosty? They remember to give you the credit for being their teacher.

  3. Karen (Back Road Journal) December 13, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    It is funny about the little traditions that we have for Christmas. I like your idea of finger food for Christmas as we always have a big meal on Christmas eve.
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  4. Jed Gray (sportsglutton) December 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I’ve never had any like this Christmas Danish but I want it!!! :-)
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  5. ChgoJohn December 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I like everything about this Danish, Judy. Easy to make and delicious, just perfect for Christmas morning. And that photo of Rebecca’s daughter is too cute. :)
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  6. Mary December 14, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Andy, is really on to something here. These sounds delicious and I have no doubt why they are so popular.They sound scrumptious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary
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  7. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen December 14, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    For a second there.. I panicked because I thought you weren’t going to post the recipe for the danish:D xx
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  8. Nancy/SpicieFoodie December 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    What a sweet post and I love the easy recipe for Andy’s Danish. Now I want it for Christmas brunch and breakfast tomorrow:)
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  9. Raymund December 17, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Love the simplicity of this recipe. Looks good as well!
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  10. Hotly Spiced December 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    The Danish sounds truly wonderful and the photo of the little girl about to enjoy her Danish is priceless. We do a huge meal on Christmas Day and do the reverse by eating only a light meal on Christmas Eve xx
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