This pastry came about when I sent my husband to get groceries to make a Christmas Breakfast Pastry Ring to bring to our friends' annual Christmas brunch. The pastry ring uses crescent roll dough that comes in triangles which are put together to form a circle for the ring. He came back with Crescent Seamless Dough Sheets, which is actually really great for most crescent recipes I make but not when the triangles are actually helpful.
Rather than trying to mess with cutting triangles or a large circle, I decided to change it up to make things easier, got out my cookie cutter set, and the 'Merry Christmas' breakfast pastry was born.
I baked this at a friends' house so I don't have a photo of it baked with the glaze, but it looked even better after baking!
2 packages refrigerated Crescent Seamless Dough Sheets
1 8oz. package cream cheese softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 can pie filling ( Blueberry used here, Strawberry is also great)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees F
For filling, combine cream cheese, icing sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Unroll one crescent dough onto baking sheet. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge; top with pie filling. Use cookie cutters to cut 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' letters out of second crescent sheet. Arrange letters on top of pie filling layer.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
When cool, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth to create the glaze: drizzle over pastry. Cut into slices and serve.