Recipe by Ann
"Cream cheese squares. Very easy, and very good."
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2 (8 ounce) cans
refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 (8 ounce) packages
I LOVED this... I had to make it my own, so I made the cream cheese layer (with splenda blend) and tried variations to it by spreading a layer of either apricot, blueberry, blackberry or strawberry sugarfree preserves over the cream cheese then finishing off with the crescent dough and butter and splenda blend sprinkled on top... OMG, I had to make this 3 times in 2 days due to so many people loving it over the holidays!!! No one could guess it was sugarfree.. the fruit topping over the creamcheese really gives it kick! My fav were the blueberry ones, and the apricot... with the apricot I crushed 1/2 C of pecans and sprinkled those over the top with cinnamon and splenda blend.. that was sheer heaven. Even better the next day if thats even possible! I am thinking about trying this with a variation of no sugar, but using a packet of hidden valley ranch powder and bacon and maybe some sundried tomatoes... maybe butter and parmesan on top?... I will let you know!
We weren't crazy about the recipe as written. The second time I made it I used only one package of cream cheese, cut the sugar to 1/2 cup and added a squirt of lemon juice and just brushed the top with melted butter. It was much better this way. Also, I didn't put sugar on the top, just mixed up powdered sugar and a bit of milk and make a white glaze. Thanks for the post.
I make these squares more than 2 dozen times a year!! They are the most popular thing I make. I'm a always asked to make them for everything. You will always be a hit, 100% of the time when you bring these to any event. I prefer to line my baking pan with aluminum foil for easy removal and refridgerate overnight. I then remove them from the pan and slice then arrange them on a serving platter. Works great everytime,
I have made these with so many different toppings!! They are great with pretty much anything. I have used lemon zest, blueberry toppong, fresh strawberries, apples and cinnamon and i'm thinking maube brown sugar and cinnamon next time. I love these things!! And don't pour that much butter over the top. I found it best to just brush on a thin coat and if you alter it, like adding strawberries, you may want to omit the sugar and cinnamon on the top.
My daughters and I made this recipe for Christmas gifts. We changed it slightly by using a mini muffin pan. We greased the pan and sprinkled cinnamon sugar in the bottom of each muffin hole. Pressed a piece of crescent roll in each hole, filled with cream cheese mixture and topped with a piece of crescent roll. Cooked in 10 minutes. They turned out great. Little bite size cream cheese balls. Plus the girls and I had fun making them.
I tried this recipe for a party recently and they haven't stopped bragging about it. Everyone wants the recipe. I took another commenter's suggestions and added lemon zest - which made the recipe! Trust me on this one - you have just found the quickest and easiest crowd pleasing dessert around!
Great recipe! I only used 3/4 c sugar and will cut down on the butter next time...maybe only 1/4 c. I also added an egg to the cream cheese mixture. It was much fluffier!
Delicious! We love them cold. They were incredibly fast & easy to put together! I used half the butter, reduced fat crescent rolls & reduced fat cream cheese. Wait until they are well chilled before cutting into bars. For the time and effort these are excellent! UPDATE #1: I've made these several times and everyone loves them. I tried the addition of fruit preserves and did not like it at all UPDATE #2: I usually make this in my 9X13 glass Pyrex but made it in a 9X13 metal cake pan and it was horrible -overcooked around the edges and the crescent dough on the bottom was raw in the center of the pan. I'll have to remember to always use my glass pan for this recipe.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cream Cheese Squares
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 128
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