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Very Cherry Crescent Ring

 Very Cherry Crescent Ring
My mother used to prepare this pretty coffee cake on Christmas Eve for our family to enjoy the next morning after opening gifts. It's an easy way to add an elegant touch to a holiday breakfast or brunch.
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 10 pecan halves

Directions

  • Set aside five cherries for garnish. Chop remaining cherries; place
  • in a bowl. Add cream cheese, sugar, almond extract and pecans; beat
  • until blended. Roll crescent roll dough. Place dough together,
  • forming one large rectangle; seal seams and perforations. Fold dough
  • in half lengthwise; roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Spread
  • filling to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up tightly, jelly-roll style,
  • starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down
  • on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. With
  • a scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward
  • center of the ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly;
  • twist to allow filling to show, slightly overlapping previous piece.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cover

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Very Cherry Crescent Ring (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • loosely with foil if the top browns to quickly. Using two large
  • spatulas, carefully remove to a wire rack. For glaze, combine
  • confectioners' sugar, milk and almond extract. Drizzle over warm
  • ring. Garnish with pecans and reserved cherries. Yield: 1 loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 227 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 154 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.