Starbuck's Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

18 danishes
25 min

I love Starbucks.

Okay, well, I love coffee in general, so it makes sense that Starbucks is one of my favorite places. There’s one on every corner, I often have some gift cards thanks to my sweet students and their families, and, let’s face it, Starbucks does come up with some rather tasty concoctions.

I especially love their seasonal items. Their Cherry Mocha (check out my copycat version HERE) at Valentines Day is devine, I am always excited for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte in the fall, and their Chesnut Prailine Latte at Christmas is my absolute favorite.

Add a Sugar Plum Cheese Danish, and it’s the perfect treat for driving around and looking at Christmas lights.

These Sugar Plum Danishes are really easy to whip up at home with only a few ingredients!

This spiced jam filling gives this pastry such a warm, holiday flavor. It just tastes like Christmas!

You can use plum jam or jelly–whatever you can find. You could even sub in any red jam/jelly for a similar flavor in a pinch.

Adding the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into the sweet jam is what gives it that spiced sugar plum taste.

The combo of sugar plum jam on top of the cream cheese filling, all tucked inside a fluffy, buttery crust, and you will have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, too. 

Puff pastry is one of life’s greatest inventions. I mean, making a buttery pastry with all these flakey layers is a lot of work. Puff pastry lets you get that same thing, by just pulling the box from the freezer. Thank you, Pepperidge Farms.

The Starbucks version of this Danish has those cute little rolled up corners, so the best way to do this at home is to use a muffin tin.

Tuck each square of pastry into a well of the muffin pan, and then fill with the cream cheese and sugar plum jam.

To retain the flakiness of the pastry, it’s really important to work with puff pastry that has been thawed enough to be pliable, but is still cold. Make sure you set your pastry out on the counter for 30 minutes or so before beginning, but don’t let it warm up too much past that, or it will be sticky and doughy.

This is the hardest part of the whole process. You must carefully pay attention to the baking process and pull the pastries out at just the right time. That could be anywhere between 13-ish minutes and 20-ish minutes.

These are easy to make, and tastes so Christmas-y with the tiny bit of spice in the plum jam. And you can make them right at home, without leaving for the coffee shop!

I hope you'll visit me at The House on Silverado to see more recipes like this one, including my other copycat recipes!

-Niky @ The House on Silverado

Starbuck's Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish
Recipe details
  • 18  danishes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry sheets thawed according to pacackage instructions
  • 1 8-oz package of cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup plum jam or jelly
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Unroll the thawed, but still cold, puff pastry. Cut each sheet into 9 even squares. A pizza cutter works well for this. Place one square in each well of a muffin pan, and press gently into wells, leaving the corners out.
Mix together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Divide evenly among puff pastry squares, spreading slightly with a spoon and pressing down with back of spoon to make a small pocket in the cream cheese for the jam to sit.
Mix together jam, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and top each pastry square with a dollop in the cavity of the cream cheese.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until puffed and golden. Watch them carefully so that the filing does not leak out too much. You may need to adjust your baking time.
Serve immediately. Leftovers are best when warmed just slightly in the microwave.
Niky | The House on Silverado
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