Mini Strawberry Danishes

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Sometimes in life, we gotta take shortcuts.

Like using dry shampoo on dirty  hair instead of washing it because you just don’t have time to re-do your hair for work. Or adding some nail decals to a chipped mani to avoid having to re paint them. Or buying storebought appetizers because you really don’t have the time or effort to make perfect pinwheels for your book club. Even though I’m a slight perfectionist, I’m a firm beliver in giving yourself a break and taking shortcuts. But just because you didn’t make it from scratch or blow dry and straighten your hair doesn’t mean the end result still can’t be fabulous. Like these mini strawberry danishes, for example.

Mini strawberry danishes

They are made with…gasp…store bought crescent roll dough, but taste like you spent hours mixing, kneading and rising. My life has been, for lack of better words, pure madness lately. From running all over the globe, to working two busy jobs and now brainstorming recipes for this cookbook, I barely have time to breathe let alone make danishes from scratch.

Quick and easy danishes

And you know how long these took to assemble? I’ll give you a hint, less than 6 minutes but more than 4. And on a Monday when I have to view a condo at 11, make 5 recipes, pack for a NYC business trip & write an article about Great Gatsby decor, 5 minuts is really all I have to spare.  The best part about these danishes though is that they don’t taste as easy as they look. Fluffy, slightly crispy, buttery and tart, these mini strawberry danishes are the perfect on the go breakfast or sweet little treat for when you’re reading emails and sipping your favorite cup of jo.

Easy strawberry danishes

I mean, if this is what shortcut baking looks and tastes like, I may have to do it more often.

Mini Strawberry Danishes

Lower fat strawberry danishes


Yields 10 danishes.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 13 – 15 minutes


For the rolls:

For the glaze:

  • 2 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4  cup powdered sugar
  • About 2 – 4 tablespoons skim milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking dishes (you’ll need two) with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. Roll the crescent dough out and push together the seams so it’s one large rectangle. Spread melted butter over it and then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Roll the dough up in jelly roll fashion (moving horizontally) until you have a log. Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut into 10 small slices.
  3. Place the rolls into the baking dish, cut side up. Carefully smoosh the dough together and create a little dip in the rolls. Place about one teaspoon of jelly in the dip.
  4. Bake for about 13 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire cooling rack.
  5. Meanwhile, make the glaze by beating the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar together. Add milk until it thins out into a glaze. Drizzle glaze on rolls and top with fresh mint leaves.

Nutritional information per roll:

Calories: 150
Fat: 4.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 24.2 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 2.9 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4

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  1. Posted by Marnely Rodriguez-Murray on
    Monday, May 6th, 2013
    Yum, these look great and I agree -sometimes shortcuts make life more relaxed!
  2. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    I love super easy simple things like this that look like you took so much time!
  3. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    These are so stinkin' cute! I can't wait to make these bad boys!
  4. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    sometimes shortcuts the only way to fit million things in life and esp if it gives you beautiful danishes - yes.
  5. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Monday, May 6th, 2013
    I love anything mini, these are the cutest danishes!
  6. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    Less than 6 minute danishes?! Where do I sign up?!
  7. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    I love that you made these so much easier!
  8. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    I love me some dry shampoo... and obviously these danishes!!!! Perfect for mama's day :) xx
  9. Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
    Us girls need to take shortcuts every once in a while! I think these are fabulous!
  10. Posted by Donna on
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
    These are beautiful...and beautifully photographed and are screaming "brunch...à table!!" to me. in France we do not have the refrigerated tube pastry "pop-n-fresh"type dough...could I possibly substitute pâte feuilletée(available in flat rounds or in rectangular form in the fridged pastry aisle?) I so desperately want to concoct these dainty they are so very impressive..yet take only minutes to put together! Lovely offering and thank you for sharing this!
  11. Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
    eep! there are so cute and look delicious!
  12. Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
    MmmmmMMMM this look great.
  13. Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
    Those danishes are SO CUTE! Totally understandable to use store-bought dough, really!

    Also, those plates are adorable :)
  14. Thursday, May 9th, 2013
    I saw your adorable little minis on instagram and had to stop by to pin! So cute and easy! Love that!
  15. Thursday, May 9th, 2013
    These danishes look so delicious, Claire! I love how (dangerously) easy they are too, hehe.
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