Danishes are timeless pastries, but are tweaked ones from brands like Starbucks tasty? What is a Cheese Danish from Starbucks? Read on to find out.
At Starbucks, the Cheese Danish is a flaky butter croissant that has warm cheese in the middle. If you’re a cheese fan, this tasty snack can pair well with your favorite Starbucks drink. I hate cheese, so I’ve always disregarded the Cheese Danish on Starbucks’ menu because I assumed it had a terrible aftertaste like most regular cheese products. Recently, my barista insisted I should have one for a change. I tried one begrudgingly, and I’m glad I did. I particularly enjoy its crunchy layers of pastry and the light cheese as it melts in my mouth, so if you’re looking for a new snack at Starbucks, this is it!
A Starbucks Cheese Danish has fortified wheat flour, Neufchatel cheese, butter, water, yeast, dry whole milk, sugar, eggs, sourdough, sea salt, dough conditioner, and lactic acid. Starbucks uses pasteurized milk to make the cheese, that’s perhaps the star of this snack, while it adds vitamins like riboflavin and folic acid to the wheat flour to enrich it. The dough conditioner stabilizes the dough to ensure each danish is as good as the last one.
Eggs, wheat, and milk are the allergens Starbucks lists on this item, so you should avoid them if you’re intolerant to any of these ingredients. Vegans have to sit this one too! However, a vegetarian can cautiously indulge because Starbucks doesn’t guarantee its products are allergen-free. After all, it uses shared equipment to handle and store food.
How Can I Make Starbucks Cheese Danish At Home (Copycat Recipe)?
How to Make Starbucks Cheese Danish At Home (Copycat Recipe)?
- 2 puff pastry sheets (17-18 oz pack)
- 8 oz Neufchatel cheese (or cream cheese as a substitute)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ table salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 egg white (optional)
- Since most stores sell frozen puff pastry sheets, thaw them first.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Beat the cheese and egg yolk in a bowl, then add sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla to the blend. Mix until you get a smooth consistency. Place this mix in a piping bag and set it aside.
- Cut each thawed pastry sheet into four rectangles. You will get a total of 8 rectangles. A pizza cutter does an excellent job!
- Place the rectangles on a lined baking sheet and leave two inches around each.
- Pipe the creamed cheese at the center of each rectangle, but leave an inch around its border. Repeat until you fill all the shapes.
- Beat the egg whites, and use them to brush the bare edges of each puff pastry, but you can skip this step.
- Bake the cream-filled pastry until they’re golden brown for 25 minutes. If the cheese also turns brown, don’t fret.
- Cool for 5 minutes, and enjoy!
A serving of Starbucks Cheese Danish weighs 80g and offers 290 calories from its 33g of carbohydrates (including 11g of sugar), 14g of fat, and 45mg of cholesterol. This danish is calorie-dense because the cheese contributes 130 calories to the total count. This snack also has 7g of protein, 1g of dietary fiber, and 400mg of sodium.
Starbucks Cheese Danish has a mildly rich taste from its Neufchatel cheese that strikes a perfect balance with its buttery pastry. Many assume it has regular cheese, and the idea of such gooey cheese in your mouth is offputting, but this Starbucks hit packs the right amount of crunch in a bite. Starbucks also adds the right amount of sugar, like a typical danish, that compliments the taste of most cold or hot drinks.
Since a Starbucks Cheese Danish is ready-made, you can ask a barista at your local store for one and enjoy it instantly. He’ll probably ask you if you want it cold or warm. Unfortunately, this is the only way Starbucks can customize this snack, unlike other items on the menu. You can also order the pastry on the Starbucks app or its official website.
How much does a cheese danish cost at Starbucks?
Starbucks sells cheese danish at $2.90 to $3.50 per piece, depending on your location.
How do you heat up a Starbucks Cheese Danish?
You can reheat a Starbucks Cheese Danish in an oven at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes to melt its cheese and retain its structure. If it’s frozen, add five more minutes or so. Avoid microwaves because they add moisture that ruins the flaky texture of such pastries.
Do you have to refrigerate Starbucks Cheese danish?
Since Starbucks danishes have cheese, it’s advisable to refrigerate them in an airtight container like a mason jar for a maximum of 5 days. If you don’t have such a container, they can stay fresh under such temperatures in a paper bag for two days. Since they’ll gain moisture, heat them in an oven to restore their crispy state.
Is Cheese danish safe during pregnancy?
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, pregnant women should avoid unpasteurized milk and its products. Since the cheese Starbucks uses in its danishes has pasteurized milk, you can eat them at your discretion. If you’re still concerned about your health, you can avoid them until you have your baby.