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Cinnamon-Walnut Crescent Star Bread

cinnamon-walnut crescent star bread Appetizer
Cinnamon-Walnut Crescent Star Bread
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 18

Layers of cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar and walnuts are twisted into a beautiful crescent star, the perfect centerpiece for your holiday brunch. Dunk each twist into a sweet cream cheese dip for a truly irresistible treat. MORE+ LESS-

October 16, 2018
Pillsbury Crescents
Make with
Pillsbury Crescents

Ingredients

Crescent Star Bread

1/3
cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
4
oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
4
cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dough sheet
1/4
cup butter, melted
1/4
cup finely chopped walnuts

Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

1/4
cup butter, softened
4
oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
3
to 4 tablespoons milk

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper; sprinkle lightly with flour. In small bowl, mix 1/3 cup granulated sugar and the cinnamon until blended. In another small bowl, mix 4 oz cream cheese, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the vanilla with spoon until well blended.
  • 2
    On cookie sheet, unroll first can of crescent dough. Press or roll dough into 12x11-inch rectangle. Place 10-inch round dinner plate or cardboard circle on top of dough rectangle. Using pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut away excess dough, and reserve for another use.
  • 3
    Brush surface of dough circle with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar-cinnamon mixture on top of dough circle. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the nuts on top; press in lightly. Place another piece of cooking parchment paper on work surface; lightly sprinkle with flour, then unroll second can of crescent dough on parchment. Repeat steps to cut out another 10-inch circle, and quickly transfer on top of sugar layer.
  • 4
    Gently spread cream cheese mixture on top of dough circle. Lightly flour parchment paper, and unroll third can of crescent dough. Repeat steps to cut out another 10-inch circle, and quickly transfer on top.
  • 5
    Brush with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter, and sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar-cinnamon mixture on top of third dough circle. Sprinkle remaining nuts over top. Lightly flour parchment paper, and unroll fourth can of crescent dough. Repeat steps to cut out another 10-inch circle, and quickly transfer on top of sugar-cinnamon mixture. Brush top with remaining butter, and sprinkle with remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  • 6
    Place a glass or small jar with 2 1/2 to 3-inch opening in center of dough circle stack. Leaving center intact, use sharp knife to cut layered dough into quarters (12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock). Divide each quarter into 4 equal parts, creating 16 total sections. Remove glass from center of dough.
  • 7
    To twist, take two sections of dough (side-by-side), and slightly pull and twist each section in the opposite direction of each other. Repeat for all 16 sections of dough.
  • 8
    Bake 27 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown and baked through. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet. Use spatula to carefully help slide from parchment to serving platter, loosening edges with spatula first, if needed. In small bowl, mix Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce ingredients until well blended. If too thick to dip, add additional drops of milk. Serve with bread.

  • To quickly soften cream cheese, remove from wrapper, and place on microwavable plate; microwave uncovered on High about 15 seconds or just until softened.

Expert Tips

  • We found the easiest way to transfer each dough circle is to cut each circle on a sheet of parchment paper and then use that parchment paper to carefully flip it over onto the stack.
  • Need an idea for using leftover crescent dough? Try this delicious Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls recipe.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
260
Calories from Fat
120
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
21%
Saturated Fat
7g
35%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
310mg
13%
Potassium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
18g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
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 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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