Can you freeze Danish pastries? Best freezing method

If you look into the history of a Danish pastry, it’s not actually Danish! Even back in 1850, workers would strike for better pay and working conditions, and the employees of the bakeries in Denmark had other plans. They employed bakers from Austria who created the loved Danish Pastry. Is freezing Danish pastry a real thing?

Did you know that Germans call a Danish pastry a Copenhagener? The dough was an accident. It was made by an apprentice bread baker trying to cover up his mistake by folding butter into bread dough. How fortunate are we!

Most people adore Danish pastries. They taste wonderful despite their calories and make for a great treat or even a weekend breakfast. In this article, we will find out the truth about freezing Danish pastries and if it can be done successfully. We answer many frequently asked questions to bring you expertise in the kitchen.

Let’s get into it.

Do Danish pastries expire?

Yes. The delightful Danish pastry has a relatively short shelf life. Stored on a shelf in the baker’s shop, they are suitable for two days. After that, they will become stale and should be discarded.

When you bring fresh Danish pastries home and store them in the fridge, they will last for an impressive seven days, which seems a lot for this delicate pastry.

If you can’t manage to eat all of the Danish pastries, they can be stored in the freezer for two months.

How long do homemade Danish pastries last? They will last the same amount of time as store-bought Danish, the ingredients are essentially the same, but the batch will be smaller.

But, before they can be refrigerated, they will need to be cooled to room temperature. Placing warm Danish pastries into a container will cause them to spoil faster. The warm Danish pastries will produce condensation that will send the pastry mushy.

However, Raw Danish pastry dough has a different shelf life. As you might have expected, the shelf life of the dough is less when stored in the fridge. It will expire in two days. But considering it has eggs and a lot of butter, it is reasonable to expect it will not last long.

Danish pastry dough should be wrapped tightly before placing it in the fridge. This will prevent the dough from taking on any odors that could be lingering in the fridge, such as onion or garlic.

Do Danish pastries need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Danish pastries will only last a short time sitting on the side if they are not eaten. If you place the Danish pastries in an airtight sealable container, they will last for seven days in the fridge, depending on the filling. Sometimes the filling can be more susceptible to expiring than the pastry itself.

The shop-bought Danish pastry containers that are sold are not adequate for storing in the fridge. They will allow odors from the fridge to permeate the Danish pastry, which could end up tasting of onion or garlic.

For the most effective storage in the fridge, the fridge temperature should be sub 40℉.

Do Danish pastries have to be covered? Does it make a difference?

It is essential to store Danish pastries that are adequately covered and protected in the fridge. A good airtight container will seal in the freshness and keep fridge odors away from the delicate pastries.

In addition, your fridge may not be the driest place in your kitchen, and with constant door opening, the fridge can build up moisture that can affect the Danish pastry adversely.

Keep Danish pastries in an airtight container. If you have uncooked Danish pastries, the same principle of storage will apply.

Can you put warm Danish pastries in the fridge?

It’s very tempting to think that you can remove the Danish pastries from the oven, give them five minutes to cool, and pop them in the fridge. What could possibly go wrong?

Let’s look at two scenarios, the first being the less problematic.


Your Danish pastries have been cooling for five minutes, and you pack them in an airtight container. You place them in the fridge.

Almost immediately, the Danish pastries will create condensation inside the airtight container.

The condensation will then coalesce into water droplets giving your Danish pastries a lovely cooling shower. The Danish pastries will become mushy and inedible, all that effort for minimal results.


You have placed the Danish pastries in the airtight container under the same conditions and placed the container in the fridge. Immediately the container absorbs the heat and starts to radiate the heat into the fridge compartment.

The fridge’s temperature is elevated to above 40℉, and the food contents of the fridge are now in the food danger zone.

Suppose you are unfamiliar with the food danger zone. In that case, it is the temperature zone from 40 to 140℉ where the growth of bacteria on food accelerates exponentially, causing the food to potentially become so overburdened with bacteria that the food has to be discarded due to the risk of food poisoning.

Ok, the temperature in the fridge should be elevated for a considerable time, like 2 hours. Still, dont assume the fridge is efficient at lowering the internal temperature because it is not.

So, in a nutshell, placing any warm food in the fridge is a bad idea and could cause all the food to be overloaded with harmful bacteria.

How long can Danish pastries sit out?

Two hours. Remember the food danger zone? According to the USDA, perishable food, which Danish pastries are classified, should not be sitting out for two hours and should be discarded if they are. The bacteria growth on the food has multiplied rapidly, making the food unfit for consumption.

Eating food sitting out for two hours or more could cause food poisoning.

How long do Danish pastries last in the fridge?

Stored correctly in an airtight container or double-wrapped in cling wrap, you can expect Danish pastries to last for seven days in the fridge if the fridge is 40℉ or below.

Danish pastry dough or uncooked Danish pastries will only last for two days.

Do frozen Danish pastries go bad?

In theory, any frozen product below 0℉ has an indefinite shelf life, But Danish pastries are delicate morsels and need to be treated with great care when it comes to freezing. It’s no surprise that they can only be frozen for a short time, like two months, before they will degrade and become inedible.

If you have the opportunity to buy slightly undercooked Danish pastries, this would be perfect for simple reheating. 

Top tips for freezing cooked Danish pastries

  • Bake the Danish pastries, so they are slightly undercooked, if possible, and let the Danish pastries cool to room temperature.
  • It is best if you wrap the Danish pastries individually rather than place them all in an airtight container. Wrapping individually will allow you to expel as much air from the cling wrap as possible, reducing the potential for freezer burn. Double wrapping will pay dividends later.
  • Place the Danish pastries into an airtight container, it can be a Ziploc if that is your preferred method. When the Ziploc has enough pastries, gently remove the excess air from the Ziploc bag and then seal it. It’s a good idea if you are freezing a lot of Danish pastries to consider portion control so you can retrieve what’s needed to avoid waste.
  • Mark the bags with the date and type of contents and place them in the freezer.

There is nothing quite like a freshly baked Danish pastry, so it may be advantageous to freeze uncooked pastries.

Top tips for freezing uncooked Danish pastries

  • Place the unbaked Danishes on a baking tray and freeze for 30 minutes. This will firm the dough for easier handling.
  • Place the semi-frozen pastries into airtight bags or an airtight container to suit your preferences. Remove as much of the excess air from the Ziploc bag to help to prevent freezer burn. Bag as possible. Seal the bag
  • Mark the bags distinctly, saying the product is not cooked.
  • Place the bags in the freezer.

How do you thaw frozen Danish pastries?

Gently. Take the frozen Danish pastries and place them on a plate in the fridge. You can cover them with cling wrap if you wish. The Danishes will take a few hours to thaw completely so do it overnight.

Once defrosted you will want to warm them, which can be done in a preheated oven at 350℉ for 5 to 10 minutes or until the crisp edges return.

Can you refreeze Danish pastries?

If you do, the results are going to be hit-and-miss. By and large, Danish pastry can only be frozen once, the ingredient is not delicate, but the cooked pastry is. The pastry will not recover from the second freezing in good shape.

For uncooked pastries freezing a second time makes the pastry sludgy. It’s not great.

Final thoughts

Who doesn’t love a Danish pastry? Danish pastries have a short shelf life and as a recap here is a small table as a reminder of the various shelf life.

Bakery itemDanish pastries
Shelf1-2 days
Refrigerator7 days
Freezer2 months

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