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I don’t know about you, but my life is very busy around the holidays! Sometimes I need a vacation just from all the festivities that Christmas entertaining brings. Dinners, cookie exchanges, Christmas school functions, Sunday school specials, shopping, wrapping, and baking are all on my to do list…do I have you stressed yet? 🙂 It’s easy to get wrapped up–pun totally intended 🙂 in all that we want and feel like we need to do.
I have really been trying to have a “keep it simple” approach in all my holiday plans. I LOVE hosting parties and entertaining I have a Christmas cookie exchange coming up and our annual Grinchmas afternoon with my family, where we make gingerbread houses and watch the Grinch (with Jim Carey). We also decided to throw in an ugly sweater contest this year! So fun! In order to “keep it simple” I decided to test my kitchen skills with some yummy and delicious appetizers made with Pillsbury crescent rolls! During our black friday excursions, I stopped at our local Price Chopper for my main ingredient — some yummy dough from that giggly little dough boy! The dough was even on a price chop that day!
With three cans of Pillsbury cresent rolls, I was able to get two delicious and simple appetizers! One sweet and one savory! I’m ALWAYS too full for dessert so lets start with that first!
This is a perfect festive holiday recipe to add to your “go-to” collection! Cream cheese and cherries wrapped in warm bread? What can be better?
Candy Cane Cherry & Cream Cheese Danish
- 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls
- 1 package cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 can cherry pie filing
For the glaze
- Powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Set two roll sections aside for candy cane stripes. Lay out remaining crescent roll sections in the shape of a candy cane making sure to overlap the edges slightly. Use a knife to cut out your candy cane shape.
- Mix together your cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Spread on top of your candy candy shape.
- Spoon your cherry pie filling on top of your cream cheese filling.
- Using the remaining two roll sections, cut off long strips, twirl and lay on top of your filling to create a candy cane look.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
For the Glaze
- Mix together ingredients alternating between powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency is obtained.
Next up, how about a savory stromboli ring!
- 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
- Hard Salami
- Cheddar cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese
- or ingredients of your choice
- Lay your crescent roll pieces in a circle with the points on the outside.
- Add your meat and cheese layers to the rolls.
- Wrap the pointed end of your roll under the wide side. Do this to remaining pieces until you have formed a round ring.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.