Easy Gluten-Free Cheese Danish Recipe

Published on Aug 18, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 18 minutes Serves: 10
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Nothing beats a freshly baked pastry! This Gluten-Free Cheese Danish recipe will surprise you how easy it is to make delicious gluten-free danish pastries from scratch.

In this danish recipe, the flaky pastry is filled with creamy cheese and topped with jam, the same as the classic cheese danish.


3 stacked gluten-free cheese danishes on a plate

easy gluten-free recipe for a Danish pastry

Before I started to create this gluten-free cheese danish recipe, I knew it had to be easy enough for anyone to make. There is nothing worst than when the recipe is too complicated because often, we read the recipe and decide not to make it.

I promise you this is the easiest gluten-free cheese danish recipe. There is no rolling of the dough, no complicated ingredients and the hands-on time only 20 minutes.

Sooo simple…you will love this gluten-free pastry recipe! Or try the Gluten-Free Apricot Danish Coffee Cake.

Typically the traditional pastry dough is rolled with chunks of butter to give the pastry layers of butter pockets. To simplify this step, I kept the dough relatively wet and folded the butter chunks in the dough with a spatula.

Then, instead of creating little squares with the edges folded upwards, I used a cookie scoop and scooped the dough on to a baking tray, just like you would do with cookies.

Using my fingers, I created a well in the middle, which I filled with creamy cheese filling and jam—nothing to it. The gluten-free cheese danishes turned out spectacular!


gluten free cheese danish on a baking sheet before baking

How to make gluten-free pastry flaky?

To make the gluten-free pastry soft, the dough should be fairly wet. To add flakiness to the pastry, it is all about super cold butter. I place the butter in the freezer while the dough is rising.

Next, I fold small chunks of butter into the dough. The butter will create lots of pockets and will give the gluten-free cheese danish the flakiness.


close up of gluten free pastry

Why is this pastry named Danish?

The flaky pastry named danish originates from Denmark. Danish pastries are similar to croissants made with puff pastry, except the dough is made with yeast and more butter or some other fat.

It is the butter that makes the pastry flaky, and it is the yeast that gives the pastry a more airy structure.


two bites taken out of a cheese danish

gluten free cheese fillings for a danishes

Once you mastered the dough for the danish pastry, you can choose the fillings. My favourite is the classic cheese danish that I used in this gluten-free danish recipe.

However, there are many variations, such as flaked almonds, jam, apples, dried apricots, berries etc…The choices are limitless. I have even made savoury danishes using our gluten free samosa filling. The savoury filling is outstanding in the danish pastry.

So, why not give this gluten-free cheese danish recipe a try and leave a comment? As with all pastries they are best when eaten the same day.

For any leftovers, pop them in a microwave for a few seconds or in a hot oven for about five minutes.

Let’s Connect!


Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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Thank you Juliah

Juliah. H

omg I can’t believe how easy this danish recipe is and the texture is so good! Thank you, keep up the excellent work


yes absolutely, you can use dairy-free milk and dairy-free cheese or use just jam.


can I make the danishes without dairy?


Thank you for letting me know Sonja! I always love feedback


Just made these danishes, I am very happy with how they turned out, I have tried other gluten free cheese danishes and they did not make the cut. Thank you thank you!!!


about 1/4 - 1/2 inch


How small do you cut the cubes of frozen butter?


yes, please let me know how they turn out. Kristina


omg I love pastries, this recipe looks super easy! I will try to make it and let you know how it turns out. Thank you Kathy

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