Cooking with Katie

Chocolate and Cheese Danishes

Now what better pastry could the French have given us than the DANISH! These flaky, chocolatey little snacks are like heaven on your tongue! These aren’t too sweet, and they balance themselves very well. But, don’t think you’ll have  just one of these heavenly creations, because before you know it, the whole plate will be empty! In fact, my best friend asked me to bring these to her as a birthday present, and my sister always ends up with more than everyone else!

The cream cheese filling keeps very well in the freezer, and once again, I’m using the frozen puff pastry that just comes in handy so often, I make sure we always have some of it on hand! Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or snack time, these danishes are sure to satisfy! Hope you enjoy!

Chocolate and Cheese Danishes (Giada de Laurentiis)

  • 1/4 c cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 c mascarpone cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c mini chocolate chips
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg beaten

Heat the oven to 400 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix the cheeses, egg yolk, flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt together until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips and set aside. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into equal sized squares and place them on the cookie sheets. Spoon 2-3 tsps. of filling into each square. Fold one corner of puff pastry diagonally over the filling and brush with beaten egg. Bake for 15 minutes or until  the puff pastry is puffed and golden. Let cool for five minutes before serving.