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Air Fryer Cherry Cheese Danish

Air Fryer Cherry Cheese Danish are so easy to make and will rival your favorite from the grocery store bakery! These easy treats are delicious enough to serve for special occasions and easy enough to make any day of the week.

Everyone loves my mini raspberry croissants, so I knew these flaky cheese danishes would be a big hit for a weekend breakfast treat. 

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Air Fryer Cherry Cheese Danish

Ingredients for Cherry Cheese Danish:

Ingredients for Cherry Cheese Danish with text labels: crescent dough, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon, egg, cream cheese, cherry pie filling

  • Refrigerated Crescent Dough
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar
  • Cherry Pie Filling

Air Fryer Cherry Danish on a gray platter

How to Make Air Fryer Cherry Cheese Danish:

blue bowl with egg white, white bowl with egg yolk

  • Separate egg into 2 bowls.

Bowl with cream cheese block, powdered sugar, vanilla, egg yolk

  • Make the filling by beating softened cream cheese with an egg yolk and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. 

Cream cheese filling in a bowl with a spatula for cheese danish

  • Mix in vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Set aside.

2 rolls of refrigerated crescent dough on a cutting board with a knife

  • Open crescent dough but do not unroll. 

Crescent Dough rolls cut into 8 slices

  • Slice each roll into 4 equal pieces.

Crescent dough circles for danish

  • Flatten each slice of dough into about a 3 – 4 inch circle, pinching up the sides for form a dish in the center for the filling. 

crescent dough circles filled with cream cheese filling

  • Fill each with cream cheese mixture but do not spread to the edges.

brushing danish dough with egg white

  • Brush the crescent dough around the top and edges with the reserved egg white.

Sugar sprinkled danishes with cream cheese filling

  • Sprinkle with sugar. 
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400°.

Cheese Danish in Air Fryer

  • Cook pastries in batches with space in between.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at 380°.

4 Cooked cheese danish in an air fryer

  • Cook an additional 5 minutes at 320°.

wire rack filled with 8 cheese danishes

  • Remove from air fryer to a wire rack to cool. 

8 cherry cheese danishes on gray platter

  • Spoon cherry pie filling over pastries and serve warm or at room temperature.

Conventional Oven Directions:

  • Preheat oven to375°.
  • Place filled pastries on a lined or greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15- 17 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set.

Saucer with cherry cheese danish and a fork, platter of pastries are in background

How to Store:

Store leftover pastries in an airtight container or on a plate covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Cherry Cheese Danish on a tray

Recipe Variations:

If you are not a fan of cherries, apple pie filling or any fruit filling will work.

Pastries are also delicious without the fruit topping if you prefer.

Recommended Air Fryer:

I use the Cosori Premium 5.8 Quart Air Fryer, which I received for review purposes and it’s simple to use. It cooks food super fast and preheats in 5 minutes. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t heat up the whole house when you cook with it.

This Accessories Kit includes cake pan, pizza pan, baking racks, skewers, silicone mat, silicone egg bites mold – all super handy.

This is the Oil Sprayer I use with the air fryer, it works better than the air pump type of mister but might use a bit more oil.

Cherry Cheese Danishes on a platter, red napkin and saucers in background

You might also like this easy cherry crisp for a quick and easy weeknight dessert. It’s amazing topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Best Air Fryer Breakfast Treats

Overhead view of cherry danish pastries

If you are looking for a delicious weekend treat or something special for Christmas morning, this cherry cheese danish recipe is perfect. It comes together so quick and they are just as delicious as you get from the bakery!


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5 from 3 votes

Air Fryer Cherry Cheese Danish

Air Fryer Cherry Cheese Danish are so easy to make and will rival your favorite from the grocery store bakery! Perfect for Christmas morning or a great weekend treat!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer breakfast, breakfast pastry, cheese danish, Christmas morning breakfast, crescent roll danish, danish, easy danish
Servings: 8 pastries
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 2 8 ounce cans refrigerated crescent dough
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 can cherry pie filling


  • Add cream cheese to a mixer bowl with powdered sugar and egg yolk and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in vanilla and lemon juice, set aside.
  • Remove crescent dough from packaging but do not unroll.
  • Cut each roll into 4 equal slices.
  • Smash each slice into about a 3 to 4 inch circle. Pinch sides to form a dish in the center of each.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400° for 5 minutes.
  • Fill crescents with cream cheese mixture.
  • Brush tops and edges of crescent dough with egg white.
  • Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  • Cook filled dough in batches, giving them room in between.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at 380°.
  • Cook another 5 minutes at 320°.
  • Remove from air fryer to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  • Top each with cherry pie filling and serve warm or at room temperature.


Conventional Oven Method:
Preheat oven to 375°. Line or grease a baking sheet. Place filled pastries 2 inches apart.
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges are golden brown and filling is set.
Store leftovers, covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator up to 2 days.
Serve cold or at room temperature.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 343mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g




    1. So easy to make and super delicious! I tried one in the conventional oven but that wasn’t as fluffy as in the airfryer. They were a big hit. Will be making them more often.

  1. Will someone PLEASE tell me how to keep the crescent rolls bowl-shaped?? They insist on flattening out. I tried forming over a ramekin, but as soon as I peeled them off, they went flat again. This looks like a disaster in the making. Also, please note that four won’t fit easily in a two-person air fryer.

    1. Please forgive the hysterics. Although the rolls never held the bowl-shape, the cream cheese mixture stayed put and didn’t run all over the air fryer, which was my concern. Although they expanded and stuck to each other, due to my undersized unit, they taste fine. Feel free to delete the previous remark! 😄

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