Apple Danish

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Apple Danishes are the perfect way to ring in the apple season! The flaky crust, apple pie filling, crumb topping, and simple glaze make them irresistible.

Apple Danishes on a white plate.

Hi guys! Melanie here again from Garnish & Glaze to bring you a delicious apple recipe– Apple Danish! No one can pass up a sweet and delicious pastry and this one is over the top amazing.

Can you believe school is starting back up this month? I hate to see the summer come to a close but I sure love getting back into a routine and the food of the new season is delicious. Apples are one of my favorite foods. They make for a perfect snack but are also great for cooking and baking with like in Apple and Spinach Pork Chops and Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting.

Six Apple Danishes on a cooking sheet.

How to make Apple Danish:

The first step is to prep the apple filling. It’s so simple! Just butter, sugar, cinnamon, and apples cooked for about 8 minutes until the sugary sauce is thickened and the apples are tender. You’ll then let it cool off while you prep the other parts of the danish.

Close up of un-cooked apple filling being placed on the dough.

Can you ever go wrong with crumb topping? I made these once without but since adding crumb topping I’ve never looked back. The topping is just 4 ingredients mixed together and sprinkled over the top. Totally worth washing the extra dish.

Un-cooked Apple Danish with crumbs on top.

The base of the danish is the easiest part! The dough is puff pastry and using the frozen one that comes in a box works beautifully. Pull it out of the freezer and in 40 minutes you’re ready to roll, cut, twist, and wrap it into pretty little roses. You’ll then press the middle down to create a well for the apple filling. You’ll then brush the dough with an egg wash so that the danish gets nice and golden. The last step is to sprinkle the tops with the crumb topping and then bake.

Dough being rolled into danishes on a wood table.

The glaze on top is totally optional but it’s yummy and looks beautiful too. It’s just 3 simple ingredients and your kids will love licking the bowl clean like mine did.

Apple Danish fresh out of the oven being held.

Apple Danishes are best warm but if you have self-control and don’t scarf them down, they’re delicious the next day too. Enjoy!

Apple Danish

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Apple Danishes are the perfect way to ring in the apple season! The flaky crust, apple pie filling, crumb topping, and simple glaze make them irresistible.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Melanie Dueck
Servings: 12 Danishes


For the Apple Filling:

  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples peeled and diced

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup flour

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Apple Filling:

  • In a medium sauce pan, combine butter, sugar, water, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Melt over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring frequently, and then add in apple. Bring back to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool.

For the Crumb Topping:

  • Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter together and then mix in the flour until thick and crumbly. Set aside.

For Assembling:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Unfold one thawed puff pastry sheet at a time and roll out to 10x10 inches. Use a pizza cutter and make 12 even strips. Connect two strips together by overlapping by a half inch and pressing together. Twist the ribbon and then snail it around itself and press the end to the rest of the dough. Place on a parchment lined pan (6 danishes per baking sheeand press the middle down. Place a spoonful of apple filling in the wells.
  • Mix the egg and water together in a small dish and brush the pastry with it. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the tops of each danish and then bake for 16-18 minutes until edges are golden. Let cool for 5 minutes and then glaze.

For the Glaze:

  • Mix glaze ingredients together and drizzle over the warm apple danish.


Serves: 12

Calories122kcal (6%)Carbohydrates18g (6%)Protein1g (2%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol27mg (9%)Sodium52mg (2%)Potassium5mgFiber1g (4%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A180IU (4%)Calcium5mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Melanie Dueck

Melanie is the cook and photographer behind the blog Garnish & Glaze. When she’s not playing princesses with her two little girls, she’s experimenting in the kitchen. She takes simple ingredients and creates everything from healthy dinners to indulgent desserts.

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  1. OH BOY. This is just…. one of my favorite things in the world. I’m a sucker for baked goods but when it involves apples AND a crumb topping like this, there is nothing stopping me from devouring the whole batch. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I really liked the apple danish recipe and fully plan to use it. However I do think it would be greatly helpful, if the puff pastry is included in the list of ingredients.

  3. These look delicious and does anyone remember the Baguette Cafe ? They had them in malls and I saw them in Toronto/GTA. I always would get there apple cheese danish. I wish I had the recipe so I could make it.

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