Air Fryer Starbucks Cream Cheese Danish brings the charm of Starbucks’ beloved Cream Cheese Danish to your home kitchen. It feels good to recreate the flavors and textures of your favorite bakery treat.
Imagine the mouthwatering taste of freshly baked pastries, exuding that golden, flaky exterior and oozing with a creamy, sweetened filling.
This Air Fryer Starbucks Cream Cheese Danish can be made with just a handful of ingredients and by using your air fryer.
This recipe is not just about creating a pastry, – it is all about your experience and satisfaction that you have made something special.
You can easily create a Starbucks-inspired cream cheese Danish with just three simple ingredients – puff pastry, cream cheese, and a blend of lemon and sugar. Whip up the mixture, apply it to puff pastry, air fry it, and in no time, you’ll have a delicious treat ready to enjoy.
This quick and easy recipe takes only 15 minutes, making it perfect for a cozy evening tea snack or a surprise guest visit.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Authentic: This recipe provides you with the exact rich, creamy goodness of Starbucks’ Cream Cheese Danish. You can enjoy the taste of Starbucks without leaving your home.
- Easy Air Fryer Technique: Utilizing the air fryer allows an easy and convenient baking process. Air fryer provides a golden, flaky pastry in a fraction of the time.
- Customizable Filling: This is a customizable recipe; you can change the cream cheese filling according to your taste preferences, whether it’s a hint of lemon zest or a touch of extra vanilla sweetness.
- Family-Friendly Activity: This Air Fryer Starbucks Cream Cheese Danish recipe is ideal for involving family members. The preparation of these pastries can be a fun, interactive experience for all ages.
INSTRUCTION TO MAKE AIR FRYER COPY CAT STARBUCKS CREAM CHEESE DANISH
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:
- Puff Pastry Sheets: You will need 2 sheets of puff pastry. Use either homemade or store-bought puff pastry sheets.
- Cream Cheese: You will need 8 ounces of cream cheese for the velvety filling.
- Sugar: You will need 1/3 cup of granulated sugar to sweeten the cream cheese mixture.
- Vanilla Extract: You will need 1 teaspoon for a subtle yet aromatic flavor.
- Lemon Zest: You will need lemon zest from 1 small lemon for a refreshing citrus note.
- Egg: You will need one egg to give your puff pastry a beautiful golden finish.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER STARBUCKS CREAM CHEESE DANISH: STEP BY STEP
Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer
Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper for easy cleanup and to prevent sticking.
Step 2: Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling
In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and freshly grated lemon zest if using. Mix until smooth and well incorporated. Set the filling aside.
Step 3: Prepare the Puff Pastry
Lay out the puff pastry sheets on a clean, lightly floured surface. Cut the sheets into squares or rectangles, depending on your preferred size for the pastries.
Step 4: Assemble the Pastries
Spoon a dollop of the prepared cream cheese filling into the center of each pastry piece. Ensure you leave enough space around the edges to seal the pastry.
Step 5: Fold and Seal
Carefully fold the corners or sides of the pastry over the filling, creating a pocket or envelope shape. Press the edges firmly together to seal the cream cheese filling inside.
Step 6: Egg Wash
Lightly brush the tops of each assembled pastry with the beaten egg. This will give the pastries a golden-brown finish when baked.
Step 7: Bake in the Air Fryer
Place the prepared pastries in the preheated air fryer basket, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10-12 minutes, or until the pastries turn golden and puffy.
Step 8: Serve
Once baked, carefully remove the Air Fryer Starbucks Cream Cheese Danish from the air fryer. Allow them to cool slightly before serving. Optionally, dust the pastries with powdered sugar before serving for an added touch of sweetness.
Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) for approximately 5 minutes before placing the pastries in the basket. Ensuring a well-preheated air fryer helps achieve that perfect golden-brown crust while maintaining the creamy filling inside.
The consistent temperature throughout the baking process ensures even cooking, resulting in beautifully puffed and flaky pastries.
Once preheated, carefully arrange the prepared Cream Cheese Danish in the basket, making sure there’s enough space between them for proper air circulation.
Set the timer for 10-12 minutes, periodically checking for that desirable golden hue. Be mindful not to overcrowd the basket, allowing each pastry to bake uniformly, showcasing a delightful blend of textures with a golden exterior and a luscious, creamy interior.
- Keep the puff pastry sheets chilled until use for optimal flakiness.
- Ensure proper sealing to prevent the filling from leaking during baking.
- Distribute the cream cheese filling evenly for consistent flavor in each bite.
- When applying the beaten egg wash on top of the pastries, do so lightly and evenly.
STORAGE AND REHEATING
Store any leftover Air Fryer puff pastry danishes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat them in the air fryer at 300°F (150°C) for 3-4 minutes until warmed through.
Fruit Variation: You can add a tablespoon of fruit preserves or fresh fruit slices to the cream cheese mixture for added sweetness and texture.
Almond Topping: You can sprinkle sliced almonds on top before baking for a delightful crunch.
Chocolate Indulgence: For a chocolaty twist, add a tablespoon of chocolate chips or a spread of chocolate hazelnut spread inside the cream cheese filling.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping: Before baking, You can dust the tops of the pastries with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for a sweet and aromatic touch.
HOW TO SERVE
- These pastries are best served warm, straight out of the air fryer.
- Serve these Air Fryer puff pastry danishes alongside a cup of freshly brewed coffee, a hot cup of tea, or a refreshing glass of milk.
- The contrast of warm, flaky pastries with a comforting beverage makes for a delightful combination.
- Consider garnishing the platter with fresh berries or a sprig of mint for an elegant touch.
- These Air-Fryer Puff Pastry Danishes are perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or as a delightful snack any time of day.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I use frozen puff pastry instead of fresh?
Yes, frozen puff pastry can be used. Thaw it according to the package instructions before assembling the Cream Cheese Danish.
Can I freeze these pastries before baking?
Yes, assemble the pastries and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag. Adjust the baking time when baking from frozen.
Can I reduce the sugar in the cream cheese mixture?
Yes, you can adjust the sugar quantity to your taste preferences without significantly affecting the texture. Be mindful that reducing sugar might alter the sweetness of the filling.
How do I prevent the cream cheese filling from oozing out during baking?
Ensure the edges of the pastry are properly sealed by pressing them firmly together. Additionally, avoid overfilling the pastries to prevent leakage.
Can I make these pastries ahead of time?
Yes, you can assemble the pastries ahead of time and refrigerate them, covered, for up to a few hours before baking. Bake them when ready to serve.
Can I reheat leftover pastries?
Absolutely! Reheat the leftover pastries in the air fryer at a lower temperature (around 300°F or 150°C) for a few minutes until warmed through. Storage in an airtight container in the refrigerator is recommended.
Air Fryer Starbucks Cream Cheese Danish
- Air Fryer
- Parchment paper
- 2 sheets puff pastry
- 1 egg
- lemon zest
- 8 oz Cream cheese
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes. Line the basket with parchment paper.
- Step 2: Prepare Cream Cheese Filling Mix softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest until smooth.
- Step 3: Assemble the Pastries Cut puff pastry into squares, add a dollop of cream cheese filling in the center, fold, and seal.
- Step 4: Apply Egg Wash Lightly brush the pastries with beaten egg for a golden finish.
- Step 5: Bake in Air FryerPlace assembled pastries in the preheated air fryer and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden-brown.
- Step 6: Serve Warm Serve the Cream Cheese Danish warm, dusted with powdered sugar if desired.
- Ensure edges are well-sealed to prevent filling leakage.
- Experiment with variations like fruit preserves or nuts.
- Adjust sugar quantity to suit taste preferences.