Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cream Cheese Squares

I cooked this heavily modified version of Cream Cheese Squares from Allrecipes last night. It is absolutely delicious- especially considering the simplicity of the recipe. (I mean come on, refrigerated crescent roll dough?!) Hubby LOVED it. Also, considering that the original recipe had just over 200 calories per serving, this version is easy on the waist line. (I used 1/2 the cream cheese, less than 1/3 the sugar, and 1/8 the butter called for in the original recipe.)

2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp white sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

2. Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of sugar, vanilla, and egg until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down. Brush the melted butter over the top layer. Sprinkle the 1 tbsp of sugar over the top.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is crisp and golden.

Helpful hints: They now make crescent roll dough without seams to use in recipes like this. I think it's called recipe creations or something. That's what I used.

To vary it up a little, I spread a thin bit of strawberry jam on the bottom layer of crescent dough on part of the dessert to see what it would turn out like. It was my favorite section. I spread another section with a bit of melted down choco chips. That was hubby's favorite section.
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