Lemon Cheese Danish with Lemon Icing

Lemon Cheese Danish

Here’s what we made in class on Friday our first lab of the year. The first time in the kitchen always makes for some interesting writing here. Just imagine 33 teens in a room with six kitchens all trying to get Danish in the oven, tables set, and kitchens cleaned in a mere 45 minutes. It is organized chaos!!! One group added their milk a day early and two groups got the Danish confused with the icing and added a heaping cup of powdered sugar to the dry ingredients. Another student used a pastry blender as a mixing tool. I haven’t figured that one out yet. After four hours and 124 students later I left feeling exhausted both mentally and physically. It was a great lab with only three wrong turns out of twenty-four that hit the nail on the head.

Here’s what I did to change it up and I loved the results and so did my family. Looking for something sweet, tart and very simple here it is Lemon Cheese Danish with Lemon icing.

Love the Juicer

Bisquick, sugar, zest, butter


Lemon Cheese Danish with Lemon Icing

Yield 6


  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 6 Tablespoons cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice,  just enough to get the icing the right consistency to drizzle


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix together the cream cheese filling.  Mix cream cheese, 2 teaspoons powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice until nice and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Mix together Bisquick, lemon zest, and sugar.
  4. Work butter into Bisquick mixture with a fork.
  5. Add milk and stir just until mixed.
  6.  Drop dough by the heaping tablespoon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or grease lightly.
  7. Make a well in the center with a spoon.
  8. Place about a tablespoon of cream cheese filling into the center of the dough.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes.  I found when using butter that I lowered the temperature from 450 degrees to 425 and cooked for about 9-10 minutes.  If using margarine cooking time will probably be longer because margarine takes longer to brown than butter.  Butter has a lower burning point.
  10. Remove from the oven when lightly browned.
  11. Cool about 2 minutes.
  12. Drizzle with lemon icing.


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2 responses to “Lemon Cheese Danish with Lemon Icing

  1. Carrie

    I stumbled across your page while browsing Pinterest and besides finding a pretty simple Danish recipe, I also got a trip down memory lane back to my Foods class in high school. I remember what it was like scrambling to get everything done and cleaned up before the bell rang, and even though some days were complete madness, that will always be the class I loved the most. Students might never use algebra or chemistry again in their lives, but being able to cook for themselves or entertain guests will be something they will always need to know how to do. I’m sure your students loved this recipe and I can’t wait to try it myself. 🙂

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