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Graham Cracker Crumble Cream Cheese Vanilla Crescents

Updated on August 4, 2012
Finished cream cheese vanilla crescents.
Finished cream cheese vanilla crescents. | Source
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For those mornings when you're having guest over and you don't know what to prepare, are looking for a good brunch idea, or simply need something to go with tea or coffee these versatile little crescents are the perfect filler.

For you late night owls looking for something to do, or you early birds needing something to prepare for breakfast, this recipe is for you. With the four hour chill period for the dough, you can make the dough before you hit the hay or throw it together when you get up in the morning.

These crescents are made similar to homemade cinnamon rolls and taste fairly similar as well, however they have a hint of cream cheese flavor and contain a graham cracker crumble.


How to make Crescent Shape Cookies:

Shaped cookies work best after you have chilled the dough for several hours. Chilled dough is much easier to work with and shape therefore making it easier to form cookies. Chilling your dough is not always necessary, however it is highly recommended if you want the highest quality for your cookies.

Tips for making crescent shape cookies:

  • Refrigerate dough until chill.
  • Use less butter, high concentrations of butter in your dough will make the butter melt and your dough become sticky and hard to work with.
  • Lightly flour hands to prevent dough from sticking.
  • You can also use damp hands to help with shaping the dough if you are worried about adding too much flour to your dough.


Cook Time:

Prep time: 4 hours 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 4 hours 50 min
Yields: About 2-3 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tbs. Cold Butter
  • 1 Egg, (Separated)
  • 2/3 cups Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
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Ingredients for dough mixture.
Ingredients for dough mixture. | Source
Dough mixture ready for other ingredients.
Dough mixture ready for other ingredients. | Source
Cream cheese, vanilla, and egg yolk ready for dough mixture.
Cream cheese, vanilla, and egg yolk ready for dough mixture. | Source
Finished dough ready for chilling.
Finished dough ready for chilling. | Source
Crumble mixture.
Crumble mixture. | Source
Chilled dough ready for rolling.
Chilled dough ready for rolling. | Source
Dough circle complete with crumble mixture.
Dough circle complete with crumble mixture. | Source
Crescents ready for the oven.
Crescents ready for the oven. | Source
Finished Crescents.
Finished Crescents. | Source
More crescents ready for the eating.
More crescents ready for the eating. | Source

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl combine flour and salt, cut in 1 cup cold butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbles.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together egg yolk, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add to crumb mixture and mix well.
  3. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Combine sugar, cinnamon, graham crackers, and 3 Tbs of butter (This is your crumble mixture). Set aside.
  5. Divide dough into thirds and roll into circles on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of crumble mixture onto each circle. Cut each circle using a pizza cutter into wedges.
  7. Roll up each wedge from wide end to point. Place point side down on a non-greased baking sheet. Curve ends to form crescent shapes.
  8. Whisk egg white until foamy and brush over crescents. Sprinkle crescents with remaining crumble mixture.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until slightly brown. Remove to wire racks and let cool.

These crescents are the perfect little snack, addition to tea or coffee, and great for a quick breakfast. With a taste similar to a cinnamon roll you can add a touch of icing or cream cheese to the top or on the side for dipping. Personally I like to pour syrup over the top for a light breakfast.

These crescents also make for a great shape cookie. With a hint of cream cheese paired with the vanilla and cinnamon this cookie is a decadent delight that the whole family will love. It is not everyday that you come across a cookie that you can eat just about any time of the day.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      clairewait-Sometimes you can't beat the classics, however I love to make things from scratch so I rarely use boxed baking items:)

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      clairewait 5 years ago from North Carolina

      At first I assumed this was a new twist on the Pillsbury classic - but all this from scratch?! Wow... looks delicious.