Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crescents with Maple Glaze

I'm a sucker for breakfast pastries.  Anytime I go into a bakery or coffee shop, my first stop is the breakfast pastries.  The first thing that lures me in is the look.  They are like little works of art, lining a shelf for decoration.  Then I start looking at all the fillings and toppings and instantly want one of everything.

But, while I could take one of everything, there is one pastry in particular that I have a weakness for.  The simple, yet amazing cream cheese danish.  I'm not sure what it is about it, but I'm a sucker for fluffy, flaky pastries that are filled with that tangy cream cheese filling.  If I see one of those in the case, it's done.  There's no question what I'm walking out with.

During the fall, it's no news to you, I love pumpkin.  When the weather starts cooling off I start counting down the days until it's actual okay to break out the pumpkin.  Once that time finally rolls around, the pumpkin fest begins.

I've decided to combine two of my passions to make an amazing, but incredibly simple breakfast treat.  Pumpkin cream cheese crescent rolls with maple glaze.  Folks, this is what breakfast dreams are made of.
Pumpkin and all the spices that go with it combined with tangy, smooth cream cheese.  All the flavors that scream fall are rolled up in those ever so addicting, buttery, flaky crescent rolls and baked to golden perfection.  If that doesn't sound enticing enough, it's then drizzled with a maple cream cheese glaze.
These crescents are so easy to make and ready to eat in about 25 minutes.  They are ideal for quick breakfasts during the week, but perfect for indulgent breakfasts on the weekends or when entertaining guests.  Aside from breakfast, these crescents would be great at brunch or even for snacks for the kids after school.  So, take a minute for yourself and indulge in all the wonderful, warm flavors of fall with these pumpkin cream cheese crescents.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crescents with Maple Glaze
Ingredients:

For the rolls-
1 Package crescent rolls
2 Oz cream cheese or Greek yogurt cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/4 Cup +2 Tbsp powdered sugar (plus more to thicken, if needed)
1 Tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 Tsp cinnamon

For the glaze-
2 Oz cream cheese or Greek yogurt cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 Cup powdered sugar
Pinch cinnamon
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1-3 Tbsp milk, if needed

Directions:

For the rolls-
Preheat oven to 350.

Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and beat on medium until creamy.  Add pumpkin and mix to incorporate.  Add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in the bowl with the pumpkin mixture and mix to combine.  If the mixture is a little too runny, add a little more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at at time, and mix until slightly thickened.  You want the batter to be creamy, but not runny.

Open crescents, unroll and separate.  Spoon a tablespoon of batter on the bottom part of each crescent, fold over and gently press to seal, then continue rolling and place on a greased baking sheet.  Continue process with remaining batter and rolls.  Place in oven and bake according to package directions, maybe adding an additional minute or 2.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze.  Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and beat on medium until creamy.  Add the powdered sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup (1 tablespoon at a time) and mix to combine.  If mixture is too thick, add the remaining tablespoon of syrup.  If the mixture can't be easily drizzled add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.  Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls and serve immediately.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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