Holiday snowflake cinnamon pastry treat
The holidays are a wonderful time for magical sweets and decadent desserts. One of the most beautiful parts of the season is a light dusting of snow, which inspired this delicious snowflake shaped pastry treat! There are so many wonderful filling combinations to choose from including Nutella, raspberry and chocolate, or what we created as a cinnamon roll inspired creation. Now your holiday party or neighbor gift can be that much brighter!
While I would typically make my own dough, I've found this year after our wedding and with the hustle of the holidays, it was time to find an easy yet yummy alternative with Pillsbury Original Crescent Dough. To really bring this treat to life, it's all about how you fold and shape the dough, which was surprising easier than expected - below you will find a tutorial so you can recreate at home with your family.
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 Tbl cinnamon
4 oz plain cream cheese
1/2 stick butter, melted
4 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Dough Sheet
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix cream cheese, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a bowl. Stir until combined. Set aside.
Unroll one can of crescent dough onto a floured cutting board. Stretch dough accordingly to fit a 10-inch round reface (plate or bowl). Use the round surface as an outline for cutting out a circle with a sharp knife. Repeat with the remaining cans, making sure each layer is separated. If you need the dough thicker, fold the sheet in half and using a rolling pin to roll out dough to your preferred thickness.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, spraying with Pam or sprinkle with flour so the dough doesn't stick. Place one circle on the parchment paper then spread 1/3 of the filling evenly across the surface. Repeat two more times.
On the final layer, place the dough on top of the stacked dough and filling. Take a smaller round cookie cutter (or glass!) and place in the center of the dough. Use this to cut triangles - starting with quarters, then eight pieces and then sixteen.
Once your pieces are cut, take two dough strands that are next to each other and twist outward twice, then piece the tips together to create a point. Repeat with remaining triangles until the snowflake shape forms.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Take out of oven and dust lightly with powdered sugar to enjoy.