Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I was put on a mission to make something with cherries. My knowledge of cherry recipes is limited. I’ve never cooked with cherries before. The first item that came to mind was of course the ever traditional cherry pie, which I will be at some point making. For this endeavor, pie would not work. I wanted to find and make something quick and easy. It should be simple enough for a baker with any amount of experience, or none at all.

When I set out to make this particular dish, I wasn’t sure how easy it would be. The list of ingredients and steps seemed to be short. Some seemingly easy dishes prove to not be so quick and easy once you begin making them. You’ll be please to know that this dish is absolutely both easy and quick. Seriously. I kid you not. You could of course make this dish more time consuming by making your own dough but I’ll share the simple way.

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C almonds roughly chopped
  • 3 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tb granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/3 C maraschino cherries
  • 8 oz can crescent rolls
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar optional
  • 2 tsp milk optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F°. Roughly chop almonds with a knife or food processor. Pea size chunks are best.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and almond extract until fluffy. A hand mixer or fork can be used. Stir in chopped almonds and cherries. 
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 
  • Unroll crescent roll dough onto your prepared cookie sheet. Pinch perforations to seal. Reposition strips as needed to seal well. Using a spoon or small cookie scoop, spread cream cheese mixture in a thin strip down the center of your dough.
  • Starting on one side of the filling, cut strips from the edge of dough to within 1/4 inch of the filling. Strips should be no more than one inch apart. Repeat process on the other side of filling. Starting at one end, fold strips over the filling at an angle. Alternate sides. This will form a semi braided look.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Using two metal spatulas, carefully transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before slicing.
  • If topping with sugar glaze, mix powdered sugar and mix until mixed well and creamy. Drizzle over braided coffee cake.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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