Monday, November 21, 2011

Cream Cheese Crescents - Secret Recipe Club

I am so excited because this month I am participating in the Secret Recipe Club! Once we sign up and are approved we are assigned a blog from which we must chose a recipe to make and highlight on our blogs. It's a great way to discover new blogs and new recipes.  It's been a secret until today so none of us know who has been cooking or baking from our recipes.  Isn't that cool?

My assigned blog is From Apples 2 Zucchini. Pam has a ton of healthy recipes on her blog and there are others I want to try but since the holidays are coming up I couldn't resist trying out her Cream Cheese Crescents.  Pam said that she was looking for a cookie that didn't have chocolate and I know I could use some variety in my cookie making as well.  I made this recipe as written except I couldn't bring myself to use fat free cream cheese.  I guess I don't cook healthy very much! ha ha! That's okay, I think that the recipe works either way.  I also mixed pecans and walnuts because I had them not for any other reason.  I do love me some pecans!

The cookies were a cinch to make and if you know anything about  me you know I can't bake anything that's too difficult so I was definitley pleased at that.  The hardest part was cutting them evenly and really I don't think anyone will care if they aren't perfect.  Right? I brought these into work (since Steve isn't crazy about nuts) and everyone really enjoyed them.  Pam - don't read this very unhealthy tidbit...A coworker mentioned maybe adding a little glaze to them to add a little extra sweetness.  That sounds like a great idea to me!  Okay Pam you can continue here... I love that these cookies can really be changed up to suit your taste.  The dough is like a blank canvas and you can fill and top with whatever you like. As I was making them and smelling the cinnamon and nuts I was thinking that some chopped apple would be so good in this but I'm not sure how that would work as far as cooking time.  Anyone have any ideas?

Here is the recipe as it was posted on Pam's blog.
Cream Cheese Cresents
Yield: 32 cookies
from Cookies: 1001 Mouthwatering Recipes from Around the World

1 (8oz) package of reduced fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. butter, softened
1 tbsp sugar
1 2/3 c flour

for the filling:
1/3 c light brown sugar, packed
3/4 c walnuts, chopped fine
1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water
1 tsp sugar
  1. Beat the cream cheese and the butter until creamy, then add flour
  2. turn out onto a lightly floured counter top and knead until smooth and elastic
  3. shape into 2 discs and cover with foil and chill for at least one hour
  4. on a lightly floured counter top, roll out one disc to a 10 inch circle
  5. brush with egg white
  6. cut into 16 equal wedges, like a pizza, with a sharp knife or pizza wheel
  7. add nut filling and press it lightly into the dough
  8. starting with the widest end, roll each wedge toward the point, like a croissant
  9. place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
  10. brush rolled cookies with egg white and sprinkle with sugar
  11. bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until browned

    I really enjoyed participating in the Secret Recipe Club.  If you haven't heard of this before and are interested in participating check out the rules and then go sign up!


    Mary said...

    these seam real nice!

    Kita said...

    I saw these on Pams site and wanted them immediately! Great pic for an SRC recipe.

    Veronica Gantley said...

    What yummy Crescents. What a great blog you got for SRC. You picked a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Lynda said...

    I'm drooling! I love your additions to this recipe Claudia. Pecans make just about any dessert better.

    E.K.R said...

    Great job! Those look and sound absolutely delicious. :) Thanks for sharing!!

    Wendy said...

    These are so pretty...and sometimes I want something that isn't too sweet during the holidays. There's so many goodies everywhere that it can get to be sugar overload. Great job!

    Cindy said...

    What a great looking treat. Glaze/frosting is always a great idea!
    Great SRC post.

    Eliotseats said...

    Looks mighty tasty!

    Kristy said...

    These sound delicious!! I must try them!

    Patti T. said...

    I saw a photo of these on the Secret Recipe Club and almost clicked on them, who knew? These look great, I didn't click on them because I figured it involved the store bought crescents. What a pleasant surprise to see you involved in the club and a yummy recipe you chose to bake.

    Rhonda said...

    How great to make crescent dough? I'm a cheater and buy the canned stuff. It looks easier than I thought. I go with your co-workers, the glaze puts them over the top.

    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

    These look amazing! You chose a great recipe for the Secret Recipe club. Here is what I cooked up from group C: :)

    Teri@thefreshmancook said...

    You picked a great recipe! They are beautiful and so tasty looking!

    Kirstin said...

    WOW! YUMMY!!!!!!!