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Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries

Start the day with some festive cheer with these cranberry cream cheese pastries! Crescent roll dough is filled with vanilla cream cheese, tart cranberry sauce and a drizzle of sweet icing. Breakfast with loved ones doesn’t get any sweeter!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries - an easy, festive breakfast recipe!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries

Christmas is my favorite time of year for so many reasons. One of the traditions I cherish is the huge breakfast we eat as a family. Your family might have a special meal later in the day, but for us it’s breakfast!

First we enjoy a variety of traditional pastries from our Hispanic heritage like Quesitos (cream cheese pastries) with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Then the main dish always includes eggs like a breakfast casserole or Papas con Huevos (potato & egg tacos).

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries - an easy, festive breakfast recipe!

This year, it’s cranberry cream cheese pastries on the menu and we can’t wait! I already made them for Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries - an easy, festive breakfast recipe!

This recipe is for 1 tube of crescent roll dough or 8 pastries, but I highly recommend making a double batch since no one consumed less than two. I have to confess to eating 3 myself, but they are that good!

The sweet-tart combo is mouthwateringly delicious and a great way to start the day. Although not overly sweet, they can even pull double duty as dessert if you want.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries - an easy, festive breakfast recipe!

For this recipe you will need a tube of refrigerated crescent dough. I prefer to use the sheets of dough since they are uncut, but the rolls will also work. When you open the package, don’t unroll the dough. Leave it in a log and slice it into 8 rounds.

You’ll need to create an indentation, sort of like a giant thumbprint cookie. You can use the bottom of a cup, the back of a spoon or your fingers. Whatever works best for you!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries - an easy, festive breakfast recipe!

Once you have the dough shaped, fill it with the cream cheese mixture and cranberry sauce. This is a great recipe to use up leftover sauce since you only need about a quarter cup.

After baking, these cranberry cream cheese pastries get drizzled with a simple icing of milk and powdered sugar. If you want to kick it up a notch, substitute orange juice for the milk to make these pastries really pop with flavor!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries - an easy, festive breakfast recipe!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastries

Yield: 8 pastries
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crescent roll dough is filled with vanilla cream cheese, tart cranberry sauce and a drizzle of sweet icing.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tube crescent dough sheet or rolls
  • 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk or orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Open crescent roll tube, but do not unroll dough. Cut into 8 even slices, as if you are slicing a loaf of bread. Place crescent rounds flat on prepared baking sheets and use the bottom of a small cup to make an indent in the center of each pastry.
  4. Fill each round with a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture. Top with a heaping teaspoon of cranberry sauce. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let pastries cool 5 minutes.
  5. While the pastries are cooling, place the powdered sugar and milk in a small ziplock bag and knead until smooth. Make a very small snip in the corner of the bag and drizzle icing over pastries.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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This recipe first appeared on Amanda’s Cookin’ as a guest contribution by Kitchen Gidget.

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