Easy Lemon Cream Danish

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This Easy Lemon Cream Danish is the perfect breakfast! These are done in minutes using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, perfect for on the go.

lemon cream danish on parchment paper

Last Saturday night we took Jordan to her first concert: Zendaya at the state fair. She was SO excited, because Shake it Up is her favorite show.

I must say, attending a tween concert at a state fair is very…interesting. You have all the girls and piercing screams, of course. That’s to be expected. So is the obligatory adult with each pack of girls. And then you have those adults. The ones that are a little too into a concert sung by a 16-year-old with band members mostly younger than her.

Really, if you’re over the age of 25 and have a pack of tween girls with you, then (1) you are too old to wear a tube top and daisy dukes, (2) you really should cut down on the beer you get at the beer garden beforehand and (3) standing on your chair is not appropriate.

Also, if you happen to be watching from the bar next to the grandstand, and I rush by you on my (third) trip to the potty with a tween, I will blog about you if you’re totally rocking out Madonna style, eyes closed, with your (I assume) 5th very full glass of red wine. I mean…I know it’s a state fair. But it’s a kids concert. The combination of so much alcohol and kids was strange for me.

{No judgement, though. I get it, really. I enjoyed my five glasses of wine…after I was home. I needed it, to clear the ringing in my ears. Or something.}

After a late night, we needed a yummy breakfast.

These Easy Lemon Cream Danishes are the perfect wow breakfast…but they are super easy to make. Perfect for when you can barely open your eyes because the kids woke up at 5:30…after going to bed at 11.

lemon cream danish on parchment paper

These danish are so easy to make because they are made using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. I have a slight addiction to those tubes of crescents. I buy them way too much, and eat them way too often! They just make everything easier.

Let’s break down these danishes, shall we?

The base is the crescent roll. You unroll the rectangle and pinch together the seams, then cut 8 squares out of it.

The roll is topped with a creamy mixture of Greek Yogurt (vanilla nonfat is what I had, use what you like!) and a little sugar for sweetness.

Then I added some lemon curd on top…because they’re lemon danish.

lemon cream danish on parchment paper

Now, let’s talk lemon curd. You can use a jarred curd for this recipe, if you’d prefer. That would certainly be faster and more convenient. But if you have the time, and the lemons, you should totally try making it from scratch. It’s not that hard to do, and it’s really, really good.

I have a lemon curd recipe that I made last year, that’s a traditional curd recipe, using eggs. But I was running low on eggs last weekend, with lots of baking to do. So I made an eggless lemon curd instead. The recipe for the eggless curd is from my friend Keri at Shaken Together. It’s really good, not as smooth as an egg-based curd, but it’s butter and egg free. That means I can eat more!

{That’s a good thing – I can knock back 3 of these danishes without blinking.}

The lemon curd gets layered on top the cream layer, the crescent rolls get folded up around the filling, and then they get baked. The perfect lemon danish!

Oh, and one more thing: glaze. Danishes must have some sort of glaze! I was making muffins (recipe soon!) at the same time, with a white chocolate glaze. The glaze made a lot, so I used it for both recipes. It’s a white chocolate ganache drizzled over the top of the danishes.

Yes, I said white chocolate ganache. On a lemon danish. Oh, yeah! It’s the triple threat danish.

These are the perfect easy breakfast for those “I need a danish day.” Or the “My ears are still ringing” day. Or…any day!

Lemon Cream Danish

These easy Lemon Cream Danish start with crescent rolls and an eggless lemon curd you can make in the microwave. Or, start wit jarred lemon curd to make them even easier! These are a great brunch recipe!
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Yield 8 danish
Serving Size


For the Eggless Lemon Curd (you can also use jarred curd instead):

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

For the Danish:

  • 1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Rolls 8 rolls
  • 3/4 - 1 cup lemon curd jarred, or fresh using the eggless curd recipe
  • 1/3 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • Make the Lemon Curd (optional - you can also use jarred): Mix sugar, water, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk together until no lumps remain, then stir with a wooden spoon constantly until the mixture begins to thicken. After 4 minutes, add the lemon juice and zest. Continue stirring rapidly, it will thicken very quickly once the mixture boils again. Remove from heat and place in a heat safe jar. Let cool on the counter, cover and refrigerate once cool.
  • Make the Glaze: Heat the white chocolate chips and heavy cream together in a microwave safe bowl. Mine took about 30-45 seconds. Stir until smooth. Let cool while the danish bake.
  • Make the Danish: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unroll the Crescent Rolls into a large rectangle. Break the rectangle in half along the seam, so you have two rectangle made up of four crescent rolls each. Press the seams together, and then cut each rectangle into four squares, for eight total danishes.
  • Mix the Greek yogurt and sugar in a small bowl. Place about a tablespoon in the center of each square.
  • Top the yogurt with about a tablespoon of lemon curd. Fold up the edges, pinching to seal the corners as much as you can. Transfer carefully to prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake about 8 minutes, until the crescent rolls are golden brown on top. Drizzle with the glaze. Cool before eating.

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  1. Ha! I can totally picture this scene…..luckily, my kids aren’t at concert-going ages yet, so I have a few more years to avoid it all 🙂 These pastries are awesome….I {heart} lemon curd!!

  2. Haha I saw Taylor Swift & Jewel at the fair! So funny!! These danish’s look delish… love some lemon curd!!

  3. They look awesome, Dorothy! I love the greek yogurt in them! And so easy with the crescent rolls – perfect!

  4. Sometimes when you’re forced to listen to terrible music, the only way to survive is to drink a lot. I’m betting that’s not most people’s excuse, though. In other news, these danishes are outrageous and I want to eat seventeen of them right now. Once my lemon tree starts producing, between that and my chickens, I could open up a lemon curd factory. Can’t wait to try this.

    1. LOL!! I wish we could grow lemons. We’ve killed at least 4 trees over our marriage. It wasn’t meant to be!

  5. Dorothy, you are a SAINT for taking Jordan and her cousin to the fair! I avoid fairs at all costs… Carnies give me the creeps, and I don’t like crowds. (Unless it’s Disneyland. And then, I’m short enough and have the entire park layout memorized so I can weave through everyone like the crowd isn’t even there. 😉 ) And you’re an even bigger saint for waking up with barely 6 hours of sleep to make them such a yummy breakfast!

    1. I think they have vegan types of yogurt, that would be dairy free. And if you want, you could leave the yogurt out completely, and just use a little more curd. They would still taste amazing!

  6. I knew I avoided those concerts for a good reason. Crazy town! I buy way too many crescent rolls too. Love this fun lemon version…thank you so much for the shout out!

  7. Yum! I love anything lemon-y and that looks delicious 🙂
    P.S. Just recently discovered your blog and can already tell I’ll be spending a lot of time on here 🙂

  8. State fairs might have better people watching than an airport! I have yet to attend a tween concert but I can only imagine the scene. Happy to hear you survived…. (I would’ve been a lot more judgy!) I’d love to wake up to a lemon curd danish any day of the week! (tween concert not needed 🙂 )