Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

These Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish are so easy to whip up at home. The spiced jam filling gives them a warm, holiday flavor just like Starbucks.

I love Starbucks.

Okay, well, I love coffee in general, so it makes sense that Starbucks is one of my favorite places.

There’s one on every corner, I often have some gift cards thanks to my sweet students and their families, and, let’s face it, Starbucks does come up with some rather tasty concoctions.

I especially love their seasonal items.

Their Cherry Mocha (check out my copycat version HERE) at Valentine’s Day is divine, I am always excited for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte in the fall, and their Chesnut Praline Latte at Christmas is my absolute favorite.

Add a Sugar Plum Cheese Danish, and it’s the perfect treat for driving around and looking at Christmas lights.

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How to Make Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

And here’s some great news (which we have had far too little of in 2020)! These Sugar Plum Danishes are really easy to whip up at home with only a few ingredients!

Ingredients for Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

The Sugar Plum Jam

Spiced jam. Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

This spiced jam filling gives this pastry such a warm, holiday flavor. It just tastes like Christmas!

You can use plum jam or jelly–whatever you can find. You could even sub in any red jam/jelly for a similar flavor in a pinch.

Adding the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into the sweet jam is what gives it that spiced sugar plum taste.

The Cream Cheese Filling

The combo of sugar plum jam on top of the cream cheese filling, all tucked inside a fluffy, buttery crust, and you will have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, too. 😂🎄

The Pastry

Puff Pastry cut into 9 pieces for Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

Puff pastry is one of life’s greatest inventions. I mean, making a buttery pastry with all these flakey layers is a lot of work. Puff pastry lets you get that same thing, by just pulling the box from the freezer. Thank you, Pepperidge Farms.


Place in muffin cups and fill with cream cheese mixture. Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

The Starbucks version of this Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish has those cute little rolled-up corners, so the best way to do this at home is to use a muffin tin.

Tuck each square of pastry into a well of the muffin pan, and then fill with the cream cheese and sugar plum jam.

To retain the flakiness of the pastry, it’s really important to work with puff pastry that has been thawed enough to be pliable but is still cold.

Make sure you set your pastry out on the counter for 30 minutes or so before beginning but don’t let it warm up too much past that, or it will be sticky and doughy.

Add spiced jam. Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish


This is the hardest part of the whole process. You must carefully pay attention to the baking process and pull the pastries out at just the right time. That could be anywhere between 13-ish minutes and 20-ish minutes.

Yes, I know there are a lot of “ishes” in that sentence. But, puff pastry has a “just right moment” of being DONE. Because the pastry has a high butter content, which is necessary to achieve the flakiness, if you leave them in even just a minute too long, sad things will happen. All the filling will leak out and the pastry will be overly brown. 😳

How do I know this, you ask?

I present you with Exhibit A: Perfectly baked Sugar Plum Danishes that are a light golden brown, with the filling just beginning to ooze over the sides. This batch was baked for precisely 14 minutes and 7.2 seconds.

Bake until bubbly. Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish
Perfectly done Sugar Plum Danishes

Now, let me present you with Exhibit B: Complete sadness. The pastry is overbaked on the corners, and all the filling has leaked out and scorched. This is not what a Sugar Plum Danish should be like.

Be careful not to overbake. Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish
Sad Danishes

This batch baked for closer to 18 minutes. At about the 14-minute mark, I peeked in on them and thought, “They need a couple of more minutes maybe”. And then I reset the timer and walked away.

Don’t do it, friends! Stay right there!

From about the 10-minute mark, I suggest you remain peering through the oven door, so you can grab these suckers out at just the right moment!

Your morning will be much happier because you’ll end up with this…

Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish Pinterest

Even though they require careful observation right at the end, these Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Danishes really are easy to make, and so worth that little bit of babysitting! 🤪

Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

Niky @ The House on Silverado
If you love the seasonal Sugar Plum Cheese Danish from Starbucks, this easy recipe will help you make something similar at home.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 18 danishes


  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry sheets thawed according to pacackage instructions
  • 1 8-oz package of cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup plum jam or jelly
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • tsp ground cloves
  • tsp ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Unroll the thawed, but still cold, puff pastry. Cut each sheet into 9 even squares. A pizza cutter works well for this. Place one square in each well of a muffin pan, and press gently into wells, leaving the corners out.
  • Mix together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Divide evenly among puff pastry squares, spreading slightly with a spoon and pressing down with back of spoon to make a small pocket in the cream cheese for the jam to sit.
  • Mix together jam, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and top each pastry square with a dollop in the cavity of the cream cheese.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until puffed and golden. Watch them carefully so that the filing does not leak out too much. You may need to adjust your baking time.
  • Serve immediately. Leftovers are best when warmed just slightly in the microwave.
Keyword Starbucks
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31 thoughts on “Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish

  1. 5 stars
    These were so easy to make and an absolute hit in my house! My mother-in-law said they are even better than Starbucks!

  2. 4 stars
    Good but it was way too sweet made as is! Even the kids had a hard time eating them. I’d make them again but do less sugar. Great flavor with the spices, tastes identical!

    1. 5 stars
      Super easy to make and delicious too. My kids who are crazy about Starbucks Christmas menu (as well as me) said these are as good or even better than Starbucks pastries. I will be making these year round.

  3. Just made these this morning! It was my first time doing anything with puff pastry, so I’m sure that was a factor, but the bottoms puffed up so much that they rose into a dome while cooking and all of the plum filling ran off the pastries and onto my muffin tins/the bottom of the oven. Huge mess, but they still tasted great! I’ll have to try rolling them out a bit first or something next time, lol.

  4. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I’ve made them 3 times ever since I found out about this recipe 2 weeks ago! I did add a bit less sugar and completely no clove though, it’s just too strong or a flavor for me and my family. Other than that, these are amazing. Thank you for sharing the recipe, it saves me a trip to Starbucks and allows me to enjoy year round.

  5. 5 stars
    Niky, these plum cheese danish look soooo good!!! I think you already know, but I was happy to feature your post at last week’s Share Your Style #368 for you. <3 So yummy and perfect for a quick dessert to share during the holidays.

    Thank you for another delicious recipe, and Happy Thanksgiving!
    Barb 🙂

  6. These look so, so delicious and easy too! I love cheese danishes. I cannot wait to make these for the holiday mornings ^_^

  7. These look great – I’ve never had the starbucks version. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life’s Share the Wealth Party. I really appreciate you taking time out to share. Have a fabulous weekend.

  8. 4 stars
    flavor wise pretty good (a little too much clove for me), but was i supposed to grease the pan? they all stuck so badly i mangled them getting them out, even the ones that didnt leak at all! side note, if you can get your hands on bonne maman cherry christmas spice it was sooo good. i ran out of the “sugar plum” jam with 2 squares left and had this in my fridge from their advent calendar and it was divine!

  9. I had this for the first time yesterday at Starbucks and it was awesome! The thing is, I’m pretty sure it was not puff pastry dough, it had the texture of a type of biscuit but light and fluffy, like a cloud. We could not figure out what kind of dough it was. Wasn’t phyllo, not a dry biscuit, not a bread dough. Maybe like a cross between a sweet dough and a biscuit?? I’m baffled! But I will try this recipe…yum!!

  10. 5 stars
    I got soo tired of being disappointed when Starbucks has run out of these. I made these tonight and they are yummy. Now that I can make these I don’t have to wait until winter 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing this. Have Never been a Starbucks fan Until I tasted these this year. So not even sure how long they sold these. But glad that someone referred me to your website for the recipe. Can’t wait to make these and will go great with me being a calorie counter. Also glad I won’t have to wait until next Holiday to have these. And Followed you on social media.

  11. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 511. We will be live for our special Thanksgiving Edition on Tuesday this week, be sure and stop by! Hope you have a very special Thanksgiving!
    Miz Helen

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