Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crescent Apple Pie Danishes


Most days I would consider myself a lazy baker. Don't get me wrong, when I get in the mood and have time, I like to throwdown and go all out preparing dinner and dessert. But most nights, I want to just throw a few things together and call it done. Between work, errands, Alex's school and sports activities, doing laundry and dishes, and my husband's crazy work schedule, I just don't have all day to be working on an elaborate meal for dinner as well as a 6 layer cake for dessert. Who does these days?

So take a deep breath and let me solve a very small problem for you...what to make for dessert. And a dessert that won't break the bank or take a lot of time to make but will make everyone swoon with glee. My hubby is not into a lot of fruit desserts. Apple is about all he can stomach so I went with apple for these danishes. But feel free to use whatever fruit filling your family prefers.
Ingredients:
For the Danishes:
2 tubes Crescent Rolls
1 can Apple Pie Filling
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Cinnamon Sugar

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 tsp. milk


Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)  
Separate dough into eight rectangles (only 4 are pictured). Seal perforations.
Using a brush or spoon, spread melted butter all over crescent rolls. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture (2 tbsp. white sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon)
I reuse this little bottle. I add my cinnamon and sugar, sake it up and voila. I always have this cinnamon sugar on hand and it makes it so easy to sprinkle on the dough.
Roll up from long side; pinch edges to seal. Holding one end, loosely coil each.
Coil them up like snakes. Now, you want to get in there with your fingers and spread out the dough some to make room for the filling. Just pull and stretch and make a nice dent in the middle.
 Open can of apple pie filling and using a knife, cut apple slices into smaller chunks. Just keep poking and slicing around until all your apples are cut into more manageable pieces.
(This looks like a crime scene.)
    Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. 
Top each coil with about 2-3 tablespoons of apple pie filling. 
Sprinkle the tops with a bit more cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake at 350(F) for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. For the glaze, in a bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Stir until smooth and drizzle over each warm danish. These taste best when served warm. Makes 8 danishes.
Cook's Note: This would be wonderful with any type of pie filling. Peaches, strawberry, lemon or cherry would all be amazing. You can just skip the cinnamon sugar part for the strawberry or cherry & lemon fillings.  Also, if you don't need so many danishes, just use one tube of crescent rolls and save the leftover pie filling for another time. Just put it in a container with a lid and store in the fridge for up to a week.




*If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my Easy Cheese Danishes!*

60 comments :

  1. What a great idea, Brandie!!!! You are so creative. Gotta try this for for sure!!

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  2. I like the look and ease of this recipe...would like to put some cheese in there...what do you suggest? I love Cheese Danishes.

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  3. Michele. Absolutely. A sweet cream cheese would be very nice with this. Check out Holly's recipe (click on the link) and see how she did it with the cream cheese. So good!!

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  4. I love how Holly just busts out the Pillsbury to create some easy and delish recipes! Her Monte Cristo was fabulous too.

    I love the idea with the apples though, I knew there had to be a reason I had an extra can of pie filling layin' around!! :) ~Megan

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  5. I remember you saying you wanted to try it with apple!! YUM! Looks delish girlie! : )

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  6. How perfect! I love this idea! Quick, easy, fruity, flaky - yum! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I have been all about the shortcut recipes lately. I always want a homemade dessert but rarely have the time to prepare one from scratch. I am going to put this one on my list. I wonder if something like this could be made in a mountain pie maker over a campfire...

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  8. Annie...hmmmm. I wonder too. Good question. If you try it - let me know. I'm sure it could. I think the key is making sure the center gets down (without burning the outer edge)so you don't have uncooked dough in the middle...

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  9. Oh, yum! Easy and delicious.

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  10. YUM! I have been craving a banana dessert lately. I haven't had a danish is forever. Time to change that methinks!

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  11. A wonderful idea, so easy to put together and perfectly delicious!

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  12. That just looks fantastic. Great pictures!

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  13. Oh, man, I didn't need to know there was such an easy way to whip up apple danishes! You may be surrounded by Mounds wrappers, but you may find me with empty crescent roll cans :)

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  14. Oh my, what a wonderful recipe - would be great if we could get dough in cans here. The finished Danish is very mouth watering.
    :-) Mandy

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  15. I love the ease of this recipe. Sometimes I don't feel like going all out either and this will be great...because you always have to have dessert!

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  16. I commented on this yesterday, but I wanted to let you know that you have an award waiting for you here: http://ravienomnoms.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  17. Oh my... I am definitely gonna try this!!

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  18. me too michele, i love cheese danish. maybe cream cheese would work.

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  19. I love Holly's blog too :) Those apple danish look to die for. I've not tried making apple before so I may have to give that a shot. I wanted to invite you to come over and show off these yummy danish today at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day, Brandie:)
    Katie

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  20. How about some cherry pie filling with a layer of almond paste?

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  21. Cherry Pie Filling with almond paste sounds like a wonderful combination. This is definitely a recipe that can really be played around with!

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  22. That looks so tasty. I don't think anyone would ever know that you didn't spend hours in the kitchen making this.

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  23. How about just almond paste with maybe some cream cheese? Sounds so good to me....

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  24. Hey, you're not playing fair. I haven't had breakfast yet! HA! I love the easy recipe! Thanks!

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  25. Dessert, huh? How come I can see myself wanting this for breakfast? Hey, it has fruit in it. :) And thanks for reminding me I need to find that fabulous cinnamon you're in love with!

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  26. I love shortcut recipes and this one looks delicious! I'm a big fan of apples and cinnamon. I would like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/06/sweet-indulgences-sunday-7.html

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  27. I am going to make these tomorrow morning! I may do 1/2 apple and 1/2 strawberry (as I have a lot on hand)!

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  28. Where is the link for the cheese version? I don't see it and would like to try the apple and cheese version. I just love your site!

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  29. Look delicious! I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/06/sweet-indulgences-sunday-9.html

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  30. So simple to make and yet it looks like you bought it at some fancy bakery store. Looks so yummy, can't wait to try it! Visiting from Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays. :)

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  31. Hi Brandie, found you via PeggyLee @ Kentucky Sampler. In our house, any fruit in pastry is swoon worthy! Will try this very soon. Happy 4th!!!

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  32. Hello! I found you through the facebook page of Pillsbury. I clicked once and I am instantly hooked! Thank you for the incredible recipes! My husband and kids are going to love dinner time (well anytime that we eat) for a long time to come!

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  33. This looks so yummy!!! I am going to try this for sure!

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  34. I made these last week, and they were delicious! So easy, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. This sounds (and LOOKS!) amazing!! I can't wait to try to make these!!!

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  36. I Want some...I WANT SOME!! You had me at crescent roll! I love easy peasy too. Thanks!

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  37. Jessica, thank you for letting me know how they turned out for you. Glad you liked it!!

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  38. These look so delicious! Can't wait to cook these!
    Barb
    meet me at the zoo...
    kinderzoo

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  39. These are delicious! :))

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  40. Brandie, I just tried this yesterday and they were great! My family loved them. I'll be making them again soon!

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  41. Hi Brandie!! Any suggestions for the crescent rolls made of scratch? I live in Spain and all those timesavers are very rare to find here =( . Please let me know!! And thanks for all these wonderful ideas!

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  42. Going to try this for sure. Love your site.

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  43. Great Recipe Just made these turned out amazing thanks!!

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  44. I've been following you on FB for ages, don't know why it didn't dawn on me until now to follow your blog! Anyway, new follower here. Love your recipes.

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  45. Hi Brandie! :) I just came across your site yesterday and I love it! I also just got done making the Apple Danishes and wow, sooo good! Thank you for a great site and great recipes!

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  46. Made these this morning and they were amazing! Thank you for such an easy yet impressive recipe! My husband thanks you also :)

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  47. These are DELICIOUS! I have made them a couple of times now. I use blueberry pie filling. No one can believe I actually made them. I make some without cinnamon also, just use sugar and I love them.

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  48. I really want to make these for my boyfriend. I have a feeling he'll fall in love with me all over again...and and he might even get started on that honey-do list again too! :)

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  49. I just made these with cherry pie filling for a quick but very yummy Thanksgiving Day breakfast. We all loved them and my son said that they might be his favorite "treat breakfast" ever! Thanks so much for the recipe and especially for the pictures that made it easy to follow.

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  50. I can't wait to try these in either the cheese or apple! They look and sound wonderful! My husband is a big fan of peaches, so may have to try some peach pie filling! Yummy!

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  51. great recipe I love it but I found that it works better if you start baking before adding the filling . If you wait til it bakes and almost done then add the filling the center wont be gooey and outside wont be over baked trying to bake center.

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  52. I am an older lady who took great pride in my cooking ability,making everything from scratch. However time and and the joy of reality has taught me time is precious and energy wans with the years. I have come to love easy yet delightful recipes. Thank you for sharing your kitchen with mine! Stina.

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  53. I made these with apple and they were a hit with the hubby! Next time, I may pre bake the shell before adding the filling. Delish and easy!

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