Cherry-Cheese Crescent Braid (Party size)

Bake these cheesy braids using Pillsbury® crescent dinner rolls and cherries - a perfect addition to your bread basket.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 16

Ingredients

Braid

2
cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1
container (8 oz) cup pineapple cream cheese spread
1/4
cup granulated sugar
2
eggs, separated
1
cup chopped red candied cherries
1
tablespoon water
1
tablespoon granulated sugar

Glaze

2/3
cup powdered sugar
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1
to 2 teaspoons milk

Garnish

Red candied cherries, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet, forming 15x12-inch rectangle. Firmly press perforations to seal.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Beat in 2 egg yolks. Stir in chopped cherries. Spoon lengthwise down center of dough rectangle in 5-inch-wide strip. Cut 1-inch-wide strips on each side of cream cheese filling to within 1/2 inch of filling. Fold strips at an angle across filling mixture, alternating from side to side.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat egg whites and water. Brush egg white mixture over dough. (Discard any remaining egg white mixture.) Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.
  • 4 Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; place on serving tray. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 5 In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, almond extract and enough milk for desired glaze consistency. Drizzle glaze over warm braid. Garnish with candied cherries. Cool 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm. Store in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    230
    (
    Calories from Fat
    100),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    11g
    11%
    (Saturated Fat
    5g,
    5%
    Trans Fat
    1 1/2g
    1 1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    40mg
    40%;
    Sodium
    340mg
    340%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    29g
    29%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    18g
    18%
    ),
    Protein
    4g
    4%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    2%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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