Orange cream cheese croissants are an easy snack to pull together, and they’re sure to please!
Using crescent rolls for baking can make a complicated dessert come together quickly, and such is the case with these orange cream cheese croissants.
Full of sweetened cream cheese, flavored with orange zest, they are a wonderful treat when you’re looking for something that feels fancy, but is easy to make.
This recipe was inspired by a recipe from A Pinch of This, A Dash of That by Gooseberry Patch. Gooseberry Patch recipes are ones you can usually trust, which I really appreciate. There’s nothing worse than making a recipe and having it turn out to be a flop!
For the orange zest, I’ve got it as the zest of one orange. Obviously, this can cause the amount of zest to vary significantly, but that’s completely fine.
You’ll want around 2 tsp. of zest when all is said and done. If you have more, that’s fine. If you have less, that’s fine. The more orange zest you have, the more orangey the flavor will be.
After zesting the oranges, I used a manual juicer to get juice for the recipe, so as not to waste anything. If you don’t want to do that, you’re welcome to use store bought orange juice. But even if you don’t have a juicer, you can probably squeeze enough for this recipe by simply squeezing half of the orange with your hands.
For the Croissants
- 16 crescent rolls (2 cans)
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- zest of 1 orange, divided
- 1 Tbsp. milk, if needed
- For the Glaze
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tsp. orange juice
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them.
- Unroll crescent rolls and separate.
- In a bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and half of the orange zest. Using an electric mixer, beat until smooth.
- Divide cream cheese mixture between the triangles. Roll up the triangle around the cream cheese mixture, starting at the bottom of the triangle and rolling up to the point.
- Place croissants on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together remaining orange zest, powdered sugar, and enough orange juice to make it smooth.
- Once croissants are finished baking, drizzle glaze over the hot croissants and serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g
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