Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls

Introduction:

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a delightful dessert that combines the flakiness of crescent rolls with the creamy richness of cheesecake and the zesty brightness of lemon. Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls are the perfect marriage of sweet and tangy flavors, wrapped up in a convenient handheld treat. In this article, we’ll explore the magic of Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls and how you can easily whip up this crowd-pleasing dessert to satisfy your cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 block package 8 ounce cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  •  cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel from 1 large lemon
  • 1 can 8 ounce refrigerated crescent rolls or crescent dough sheets
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • Lemon Glaze Topping:
  •  cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh grated lemon peel for garnish optional

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium size bowl, add cream cheese, sugar, and grated lemon peel. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. Open the crescent rolls package, carefully separate the dough into 8 individual triangles, then place them on a clean flat surface like a cutting board. At the widest end of the triangle, add about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese lemon mixture, dividing the cream cheese mixture evenly among the 8 rolls.
  4. Roll the crescents, starting from the wide end, tucking the pointy end underneath then pinching the seams closed. Place them evenly on the baking sheet.
  5. Brush with melted butter.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1114 minutes baking times will vary depending on the oven. Crescents are ready when they turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, then place on a cooling rack.
  8. While cooling, prepare the glaze  in a small bowl, add powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, mixing well until smooth. Drizzle lemon glaze over crescent rolls. Serve warm.
  9. Prep Time: 25 minutes  Cooking Time: 14 minutes  Total Time: 39 minutes
  10. Kcal: Not Provided  Servings: 8 rolls

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve Warm: Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls are best served warm, straight from the oven, when the crust is flaky and the cheesecake filling is creamy. The delightful aroma and flavors are most pronounced when enjoyed fresh.
  2. Dust with Powdered Sugar: Before serving, dust the Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls with powdered sugar for an elegant finishing touch. This adds a hint of sweetness and enhances the presentation of the dessert.
  3. Garnish with Lemon Zest: For an extra burst of lemon flavor and a pop of color, garnish the rolls with additional lemon zest just before serving. This adds a fresh and vibrant touch to each bite.
  4. Pair with Fresh Berries: Serve the Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls with a side of fresh berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. The tartness of the berries complements the sweetness of the rolls and adds a refreshing element to the dessert.
  5. Add a Dollop of Whipped Cream: For an indulgent treat, serve the Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy topping adds richness and balances the tangy lemon flavor.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigerate Leftovers: If you have any leftover Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be stored for up to 2-3 days.
  2. Reheat Before Serving: When ready to enjoy leftover rolls, gently reheat them in the oven or microwave until warmed through. Heating them briefly restores the flakiness of the crust and the creaminess of the cheesecake filling.
  3. Avoid Freezing: While you can technically freeze Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls, the texture may become soggy upon thawing. It’s best to enjoy them fresh or refrigerated for optimal taste and texture.
  4. Serve at Room Temperature: If you refrigerate leftover rolls, allow them to come to room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before serving. This helps soften the crust slightly and enhances the flavors.
  5. Enjoy Promptly: For the best taste and texture, enjoy Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls promptly after baking or within a day or two of refrigerating. Freshness is key to maximizing the deliciousness of this dessert.

FAQs:

  1. Can I use pre-made crescent roll dough for this recipe? Yes, you can use pre-made crescent roll dough from a tube for convenience. Simply follow the instructions for rolling out the dough and adding the cheesecake filling as outlined in the recipe.
  2. Can I make these Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls ahead of time by assembling them and storing them in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Simply cover the unbaked rolls with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking.
  3. Can I substitute the lemon zest and juice with bottled lemon extract? While fresh lemon zest and juice provide the best flavor and freshness, you can substitute bottled lemon extract if needed. Use it sparingly, as it is more concentrated than fresh lemon zest and juice. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
  4. Can I freeze the baked Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls for later? While it’s possible to freeze the baked Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls, the texture may become slightly soggy upon thawing. If freezing, allow the rolls to cool completely, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  5. Can I use a different type of citrus flavor instead of lemon? Yes, you can experiment with different citrus flavors such as orange or lime to create variations of the recipe. Simply substitute the lemon zest and juice with the desired citrus flavor and adjust the sweetness accordingly. Be sure to taste the filling as you go to achieve the desired flavor profile.

Conclusion:

Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls are a delightful dessert that’s sure to brighten up any occasion. Whether you’re craving a sweet treat for brunch, dessert, or a special gathering, these rolls are a perfect choice. With their flaky crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and zesty lemon flavor, they’re sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection. So why wait? Gather your ingredients and get ready to enjoy the irresistible goodness of Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls today!