Holiday Coffee Cake

Holiday Coffee Cake

This taste-tempter will win rave reviews at a holiday brunch.

  • 1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Drain maraschino cherries; discard juice or save for another use. Reserve 8 to 10 maraschino cherries for garnish; chop remaining cherries. Combine chopped cherries, cream cheese, almonds, sugar, and almond extract; mix well.

Separate each can of crescent roll dough into 2 rectangles; press firmly at edges and perforations to make one large rectangle. Roll or pat into a rectangle about 15x13 inches.

Spread cream cheese mixture over dough. Roll up dough starting at long side of rectangle. Place seam-side down on greased baking sheet. Form into a ring, firmly pressing ends together. With scissors or a sharp knife, cut almost through ring at 1-inch intervals. Turn each section slightly on its side.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. If necessary, cover with foil during last 5 minutes to prevent over browning. Carefully remove from pan to wire rack.

Combine confectioners' sugar, milk and almond extract to make a glaze. Drizzle over coffee cake. Garnish with reserved whole cherries. Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes about 15 servings.

Thanks to the Cherry Marketing Institute for this recipe.

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