Thursday, January 31, 2008

Easy 15 Minute Danishes!

These went over really well at Christmas.
So, I thought I would share them with you.

Now, here's the best part.
The are really easy.

So, these little danish-y things are...
super easy, taste great, are less-filling (sorry!)
and come courtesy of my friend Deb.

At Christmastime, when time is of the essence, this is a way to make a warm treat filled with your favorite sweets. These pics are from the first batch I made and some contain apple pie filling while others have blueberry "simply fruit" jam.

The second batch (sorry, no pics) included strawberry seedless jam, sugar-free orange marmalade, and even chocolate chips. Yum! We had quite the variety of colorful snackage to give us a quick burst of sugar-rush on Christmas morning. ;)

Here's the recipe.
For now, I've been calling them...

Crescent Kolachkies.
Makes 16

4 cans of 8 crescent rolls
1 brick of cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
Pie filling or fresh fruit

Use 2 triangles to make a rectangle.
Pinch seams together

Cream together:
Cream cheese, sugar (to taste), vanilla (to taste)

Spread some cream cheese mixture on rolls
Top with about a tablespoon of any fresh fruit or pie filling.

Fold the corners over the filling and push to seal.
Sprinkle top with sugar.
Bake as per crescent roll can.Get a quick assembly line going and pop em in the oven :)
I highly recommend the "Simply Fruit" section of the jelly aisle.

The cream cheese part won't melt and spread much, so feel free to have it peek out nicely under the folds.

The jelly/jam/marmalade WILL melt and spread much depending on it's composition and lunar tide. So, be stingy.

Be sure you sprinkle the tops with sugar before baking.
It makes them yummy good.
Coarse sugar, also known as decorator's sugar, might also be good.

Be sure you pinch their little bottoms well.
Or else, they might split while baking.
And, then you have to eat that one.
And, that one.

Can you make them smaller? Sure!
My sis suggested I try using only 1 triangle instead of 2 on the second batch to make them smaller. And, it worked, and they were REALLY cute. But, they were MUCH more work because the dough gets warm and tears, etc. So, that's an option depending on the time you have.

(Me? When I did them with one triangle instead of two I almost wadded up the whole batch and baked them up in a mound as a tribute to Close Encounters - because I got so frustrated. You remember the mountain of potatoes that Richard Dreyfuss....never mind.)

These are not low cal.
Nope, didn't try using the low cal croissant dough or low fat cream cheese.

These are not inexpensive.
Nope, didn't try generic.

Good news:
Everyone will love them.
YOU get to name them.
And, you get to hand out copies to all your friends.

So, they can tell two friends,
And, they can tell two friends.
And, so on.
And, so on...

Thanks Deb ;)

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Carolyn (Cari) Foster Spano said...

Dana, I enjoyed reading your blog. I have a love/hate relationship with cooking. I love to create and I love pretty food. At this stage of my life, I want to cook when I WANT to cook, not because it is necessary. That's what cooking for 30 years will do for you. LOL

I make something almost identical to this recipe on Christmas morning. It is our Christmas morning tradition. I also make some with fresh-baked ham and swiss cheese. The men love those. I chop up pecans and sprinkle them on top of the ones filled with fruit and cream cheese.

I'm looking forward to following your blog.

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

Ham and cheese. Think I should add that to my list of things to try for holidays. I have already done a pinwheel using feta cheese, olives, and cream cheese with oregano and parsly. If you like olives, those rock.

I should blog those...
Thanks for reading :)

natasha {schue love} said...

Oh these mini danishes are so cute! Great breakfast idea for Christmas morning!

Unknown said...

these are adorable and totally made me drool!

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