This speedy recipe for cream cheese coffee cake made with crescent roll dough calls for just five ingredients and is a perfect brunch treat!
why we love this recipe
You know what I almost always and forever have on hand in my fridge? Besides (natch) bacon?
Those triangle-shaped pieces of dough in a tube that we all know and love, and while they are all kinds of addictive when you roll them up into the crescent rolls they were born to be, they are also the Secret Ingredient in this cream cheese coffee cake recipe.
We are going take that dough, add a little brown sugar and cream cheese and an egg, and transform it into the sweetest little coffee cake. With nuts if you want them (we want them) but you can leave them out if you don’t!
Five ingredients. 45 minutes. One delectable cream cheese coffee cake!
ingredients you need
ingredient notes and substitutions
- Crescent Roll Dough: You can find this in the refrigerated section of your supermarket hanging out near the dairy products.
- Brown Sugar: We like light brown sugar for this recipe, but if dark brown is what you have on hand, that will work! It will just add a teeny bit more molasses taste.
- Nuts: We used walnuts for this recipe, but chopped pecans will also work…and one day I am going to try this with chopped macadamia nuts! Yum!
how to make this recipe
Step 1: Grab that square baking pan that I know you have somewhere, give it a spritz of baking spray and crank up your oven to 350.
Step 2: Take a package of cream cheese that you have cleverly left out on the counter to soften, pop it in a mixing bowl with 3/4 of a cup of brown sugar, and beat it up until it is smooth.
PRO TIP: Take the cream cheese out of the wrapper while it is still cold and let it soften on a plate. That way you won’t have softened cream cheese sticking to the wrapper!
STEP 3: Next, mix in an egg yolk (save the white for later, and here’s the best way to separate eggs) and now you are ready for the crescent rolls!
STEP 4: Open up the can (remember when you were supposed to whack it on the side of the counter? Those were the days!) and take out the dough. Cut it in half so you have two squares.
STEP 5: Now, press one square into the bottom of the baking dish, spread the cream cheese mixture over it, and gently press the other square on top.
STEP 6: Remember that egg white? Brush the top of your coffee cake with it.
STEP 7: Step sprinkle on a little more brown sugar and some chopped walnuts.
Pop it in the oven for a half hour, then bring it out, let it cool a little, and cut it into squares – I usually do 9 squares, but you do you. And there you have it! Coffee cake time!
You can! You can also use the supermarket brand. As long as the package says crescent roll dough, you are good!
Yep! Or you can swap in a different kind – we like this with chopped pecans too.
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