Cherry Cheese Danish Bars

I really like cherry cheese danish…they’re just so good! I decided I’d make some…in bar form to be quicker and easier. And, boy am I glad I did! They’re super good and you can personalize them the way you like…use a different fruit that you like better than cherry (or that you’re more in the mood for).

I put them in the breakfast category but they’re also good for brunch or a snack any time! (Or even dessert!)

If you’re like me, you can’t wait to try these as soon as they’re done but, believe me, it’s DEFINITELY worth the wait til they’re chilled…it makes them even better! 🙂

Enjoy!!

~Renee

Blending together the softened cream cheese and the granulated sugar.

Blending together the softened cream cheese and the granulated sugar.

Then, blending in the egg.

Then, blending in the egg.

Here's half the crescent rolls spread to the edges of the pan. (You can tell I've used this pan a lot! LOL)

Here’s half the crescent rolls spread to the edges of the pan. (You can tell I’ve used this pan a lot! LOL)

Spreading the cream cheese filling over the crescent roll crust.

Spreading the cream cheese filling over the crescent roll crust.

Dropping little spoonfuls of the yummy spreadable fruit.

Dropping little spoonfuls of the yummy spreadable fruit.

Here, I'm pressing the other half of the crescent rolls to the shape/size of my pan.

Here, I’m pressing the other half of the crescent rolls to the shape/size of my pan.

It was slightly tricky getting the top crust on...I should've left the wax paper on top til it was in place.

It was slightly tricky getting the top crust on…I should’ve left the wax paper on top til it was in place.

Nice and brown on top...now to let them cool.

Nice and brown on top…now to let them cool.

I'm drizzling on the glaze.

I’m drizzling on the glaze.

Ahh, the finished product...oh-so-good!!!

Ahh, the finished product…oh-so-good!!!

Cherry Cheese Danish Bars

1 Tube Crescent Rolls

8oz Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 Large Egg

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 Cup Cherry Spreadable Fruit*

Glaze ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

2 Tbls Milk

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly butter sides of an 8 x 8 inch baking pan; set aside. **

2. In a mixing bowl, blend together the cream cheese, vanilla and granulated sugar til light and fluffy. Blend in the egg.

3. Press half the crescent rolls into the bottom of the pan, spreading to the edges. Spread cream cheese filling on top. Dot the top of the filling with small spoonfuls of the spreadable fruit.

4. On a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap, press the remaining crescent rolls to the size of the pan. Place it directly on top of the filling (with the wax paper on the outside). Carefully remove the wax paper.

5. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or til the top is lightly browned and filling looks set. Allow it to cool completely.

6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients til smooth. Drizzle glaze over the cooled bars. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. (IF you can wait that long!) Cut into bars and enjoy! 

*Can use a little more according to your preference. Also, you can change the fruit if you’d like.

**Can also use cooking spray.

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2015

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