Air Fryer Cherry Danish Recipe by Aileen Clark

Air Fryer Cherry Danish Recipe by Aileen Clark

These Cherry Danish taste like cherry cheesecake wrapped up in a luscious pastry. This recipe is easy to make thanks to store-bought dough and cherry pie filling, but the result yields pastries that taste just like the Danish you buy at your local bakery. Enjoy your treat on the same day or store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Hands-On Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes (per batch)


CALORIES: 433 | FAT: 27g | SODIUM: 217mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 36g | FIBER: 1g | SUGAR: 4g | PROTEIN: 7g

Serves 8

  • ½ of 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk plus 1 large egg, divided
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • ½ cup cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon water

1. Preheat air fryer to 380°F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to mix until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.

3. Spread puff pastry sheets on a clean surface. Cut each sheet into four squares and fold each corner in by ½".

4. Spoon 1 tablespoon cream cheese in the center of each puff pastry square and spread with the back of a spoon over the folded-down corners (leaving ¼" around the edges). Place 1 tablespoon cherry pie filling in the center of each pastry.

5. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining egg and water. Brush egg wash over the exposed edges of puff pastry.

6 Spray inside of air fryer with olive oil spray before each batch. Working in batches, arrange puff pastry squares inside air fryer, spaced 1" apart. Air fry 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 320°F and air fry an additional 5 minutes.

7. Remove from air fryer and let cool 10 minutes. Serve.

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