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Cherry Danish

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.


40 pastries

These ruby-studded pastries will be the first to disappear from your brunch table. You can use apple pie filling with equally good results. —Christie Cochran, Canyon, TX
Cherry Danish Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup shortening, divided
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground mace, lemon extract and vanilla extract
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, 1/4 cup shortening, sugar, 2 eggs, salt, mace, extracts and 2 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. On a large floured surface, roll dough out to a 24x16-in. rectangle. Dot half of the dough with 1/4 cup shortening; fold dough lengthwise. Fold the dough 3 times lengthwise, then 2 times widthwise, each time dotting with some of the remaining shortening. Place dough in a greased bowl; cover and let rise 20 minutes.
  4. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 16x15-in. rectangle. Cut into 8x3/4-in. strips; coil into spiral shapes, tucking ends underneath. Place in 2 greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. Beat remaining egg. Make a depression in the center of each roll; brush with egg. Fill with 1 tablespoon pie filling. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.Combine confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk; drizzle over rolls. Sprinkle with almonds.

Nutrition Facts

1 pastry: 137 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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