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10 Minute English Muffin Berry Cream Cheese Danish

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These warm Berry Cream Cheese Danishes are made in only 10 minutes, thanks to a little help from English Muffins and  your broiler!


Fun fact: My dad has 13 brothers and sisters. That’s right: t-h-i-r-t-e-e-n. And my grandma, who I am quite sure is enjoying an eternity of massages and three course meals, cooked breakfast for all of them every morning.

Honestly, I cannot even fathom this kind of devotion. If I had 14 kids, I’d be like “Yo, here’s 50 boxes of cereal. Have at it. Don’t kill each other, please.”

My dad tells stories of my grandmother rising at the crack of dawn to cook two gimungous platters of fried eggs. Of course, when you have 14 children (and did I mention 10 of them were boys?), even the most gimungous of platters doesn’t last long. All that hard work would be devoured within minutes, everyone heading off to school or to work on the farm, leaving a trail of yolky dishes behind. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE ALL THOSE DISHES? *shudder*

10 Minute English Muffin Berry Cream Cheese Danish |

My grandmother passed away before I was born, so I never got to meet this saint of a woman. But if I could have met her, I would have given her a great big hug, sent her off to an all inclusive resort, then introduced her to these 10 Minute English Muffin Berry Cream Cheese Danishes.

This is the kind of recipe you can make for 14 kids and not want to crawl into a hole afterwards.

These English Muffin Berry Cream Cheese Danishes are made in only 10 minutes and taste just like the real thing!

It is beyond easy to throw together. First you slice the English Muffins and cut a small hole out of the center. (This is totally optional, but I like being able to see the jewel-toned jam!) Then you stir together a little cream cheese, sugar, and an egg yolk and spread it over all the nooks and crannies of the bottom slices. Everything gets broiled until the cream cheese mixture is puffy and just slightly browned (which takes about 3 minutes). While the creamy centers are baking, you whisk together an easy peasy powdered sugar and lemon juice glaze.

After that it’s just assembly. Dollop of jam. Sandwich. Drizzle. Done.

It’s so easy, you could have your (14) kids make it.

A Berry Cream Cheese Danish made in only 10 minutes? With these English Muffin Danishes It's totally possible!

The result is similar to a danish but with about 1/20th of the work. Warm, creamy centers studded with berry jam and accented by a bright, sour lemon glaze. This is how you make brunch special without making it overwhelming.

This recipe only makes 6, but it’s a cinch to double or halve the recipe based on how many people will be devouring them. And since everything gets baked on a single tray, you don’t have to worry about waiting by the toaster or making loads of extra dishes. So whether it’s just you or it’s you, your neighbors, your best friend, that one stranger you met, and your fourteen kids, this recipe has got you covered.

These Berry Cream Cheese Danishes are made in only 10 minutes with the help of English Muffins and your broiler!

Here’s to amazing grandmothers, beautiful brunches, and doing it all without having a breakdown.

5 Minute English Muffin Berry Cream Cheese Danish

Prep Time 10 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 3 minsCook Time
Total Time 13 mins Total Time
Yields 6


  • 6 English Muffins

For the cream cheese filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)

For the glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • A few drops vanilla (optional)
  • 6 Tablespoons jam (I used Bonne Maman Mixed Berry)


  1. Preheat the broiler to low heat.
  2. Slice the English Muffins and cut a small hole out of the tops if desired. I used a large piping tip for this.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, egg yolk, and sugar. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottoms of the English Muffins. Place both the tops and the bottoms on a baking sheet face up. Place under the broiler (at least 4 inches away) and broil until the cheese is puffed and browned, about 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. When the muffins are done, place a dollop of jam in the center of each of them and sandwich with the top slices. Drizzle glaze over top. Serve immediately.
  6. Broil at about 6 inches away for 3-5 minutes.


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 Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine

Disclaimer: California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, OXO, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, Stemilt and Bonne Maman are providing the prizes free of charge.  I have received product related to these brands to use for #Brunchweek. All opinions stated are my own.

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  • Librarian Lavender May 7, 2014, 7:18 AM

    This looks so so good!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness May 7, 2014, 7:45 AM

    10 minutes to creamy, berry breakfast glory? count me in! Pinned!

  • Liz May 7, 2014, 9:10 AM

    14 children? That makes my uterus ache 😉 These look like a terrific, quick breakfast…so yummy, too!!!

  • Jane's Adventures in Dinner May 7, 2014, 9:28 AM

    These would be dangerous to have around. My first cousins had 18! I think I’ll stay with my 1.

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner May 7, 2014, 10:16 AM

    14!? Yikes! My husband’s grandma had 11 and I still can’t get my head around that. But she was a wonderful woman and mom, and it sounds like your grandma was the same. I simply love this breakfast idea! Pinned to make. 🙂
    Tina from

  • Becca Heflin May 7, 2014, 11:05 AM

    14?! What the haaaaay!! LOL These look absolutely amazing!

  • Anita at Hungry Couple May 7, 2014, 11:45 AM

    Um…I’m in pain just thinking about having 14 children. 🙂 But I don’t need to have any to want to eat this!!

  • Alice Choi May 7, 2014, 2:26 PM

    13 brothers and sisters?!!! Holy cow . . !!! and you’re right . . this is just the kind of breakfast to feed to all those hungry mouths!!! love this!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 7, 2014, 3:48 PM

    What a fun way to jazz up english muffins!

  • Chelsea@ chelseasmessyapron May 7, 2014, 7:30 PM

    Such gorgeous photos! I love english muffins! Pinned!

  • Erin@WellPlated May 7, 2014, 11:08 PM

    Your family reunions must be off the handle! I can’t believe the love and care of your grandma. She is 100% a saint!

  • Veronica Gantley May 8, 2014, 7:12 AM

    Your English Muffins looks absolutely amazing. I love the colors… my daughter
    will go crazy over this one.

  • Joanne (eats well with others) May 8, 2014, 7:17 AM

    14 kids?! That is amazing. I am just in awe. I can barely get breakfast on the table for two!! Well, maybe if these English muffins were involved. Because EASY and YUM.

  • Lauren Everson May 8, 2014, 1:59 PM

    English Muffins + Cream Cheese = delicious. Adding jam and glaze simply takes it over the top. Love it!

  • Shaina Wizov May 8, 2014, 4:41 PM

    I like the sound of anything that only takes 10 minutes. Plus everything here is YUM times a million.

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