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Gilmore Girls Inspired Crescent Roll Cherry Danishes

pillsbury crescent roll cherry danishes recipe

Crescent rolls are one of those delightful “accidentally vegan” items that lend themselves to all kinds of fun baking projects…including these Gilmore Girls Inspired Crescent Roll Cherry Danishes!

Gilmore Girls is one of my all time favorite tv shows and I too share their love of coffee, hearty portion sizes, and an afternoon spent with a good book.

While watching the show, you may have noticed that cherry danishes are referenced quite a few times….perhaps it’s because a danish pairs so well with a hot cup of coffee? So I was inspired to recreate an easy vegan version to enjoy while watching the show.

The result is flakey pastry, tart cherry preserves, and sweet cream cheese icing. All vegan and about as cozy as it gets. So bake a batch this weekend to pair with a Gilmore Girls marathon, some fuzzy socks, and a Lorelei-sized cup of “coffee coffee coffee!” ๐Ÿ˜Š

pilsbury crescent rolls cherry danishes
crescent roll danishes recipe
pillsbury crescent roll cherry danishes recipe
Watch me make these danishes here ๐Ÿ‘†
pillsbury crescent roll cherry danishes recipe

Gilmore Girl Inspired Vegan Cherry Danishes

Nicole Vranjican
Pillsbury crescent rolls, tart cherry preserves, and sweet cream cheese icing. All vegan and so cozy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 8 Danishes



  • 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or any vegan-friendly brand
  • 3/4 cup cherry preserves
  • 2 tbsp almond or soy milk unsweetened

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1/4 cup softened vegan cream cheese room tempertaure and soft is key
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp almond or soy milk unsweetened
  • pinch of salt



  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Roll out the crescent rolls and pinch the seams toegther. Use a knife to cut four even strips (lengthwise/ long side) per roll. You will have 8 long ribbons of dough from these two cans.
    See notes below for modifications ๐Ÿ™‚

Form the Danishes

  • Pick up one ribbon at both ends and gently twist, then anchor one end on a lined baking sheet and wrap the pastry around the center forming a loose rose or flower shape.
    Tip: Be careful not to roll them too tightly or they may not bake evenly.
    Tuck the end piece underneath and repeat with the remaining dough.
    Next, press the centers down with your thumb to create space for the cherry preserves.
  • Lightly brush the outside of each danish with plant milk and then fill with 1.5-2 tbsp of cherry preseves.
    Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Make the Icing

  • Cream the softened cream cheese, salt and powdered sugar in a bowl. Whisk in the plant milk and mix until smooth. The icing should be runny and easy to drizzle.
    Add one tbsp of plant milk at a time until you reach the desired consitency.

Finishing Touches

  • Remove the danishes from the oven and allow to cool. Then drizzle the icing on top in a zigzag motion.
    Note: Glazing the danishes while they're warm will cause the icing to melt right off, so let them cool a bit first!
    Serve with a warm cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy!


Not into cherry preserves? Raspberry, strawberry or blackberry would also be good! Peanut butter or chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutiva vegan spread) would be a nice twist too. Get creative and let me know what you come up with!
Not sweet enough for you? Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar onto the dough ribbons before twisting and shaping the danishes.ย 

If you like this recipe please leave a comment and rate this post below! And if you’re on Instagram, tag me in a pic so I can see your recreation! @nikkivegan  

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Nicole Vranjican

Hey! I’m Nicole and I make practical vegan recipes for REAL life. I cook with simple, easy to find ingredients and I’m passionate about creating delicious plant-based meals that everyone will love!

I hope you enjoy my recipes and videos :) Happy Cooking!

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  1. Jacki
    October 27, 2021 / 1:01 am

    5 stars
    I just made these, so easy and soooooo good!!

    • Nicole
      November 15, 2021 / 6:53 pm

      I’m so glad you made them and enjoyed them! That’s so good to hear ๐Ÿ˜Š

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