Thursday, November 19, 2009

Orange Cream Cheese Crescents

In one of Alex's classes, he has to do 20 minutes of service for someone every week. This week he decided to make dessert and a card for someone and take it to them. He chose to make this recipe (one I've made many times over several years) whose simplicity is quite deceiving. Even before you take a bite, you can smell the sweet, fruity scent. It is creamy and melt-in-your-mouth perfection. They remind me of the orange rolls at Provo Bakery (in Provo, Utah), which are also addicting.
Orange Cream Cheese Crescents
3 oz. cream cheese
3 T. sugar
¼ t. almond extract
1 t. orange peel
1 pkg. refrigerated crescent rolls
ICING:
½ c. powdered sugar
1 T. orange juice
1 t. orange peel
1 t. margarine, melted
1/8 t. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Blend first four ingredients. Separate dough into triangles and spread cheese mixture on each. Roll each up and place on cookie sheet shaping into crescent shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile prepare icing. Combine all icing ingredients while rolls are baking. Spread over hot rolls and serve warm.

Alex did a great job! And did you notice his new haircut? He cut it himself without even telling me he was going to. The day before he had cut his sideburns and did it well. Then he mentioned while I was busy with the girls, that he was going to cut his hair. I thought he meant even out his sideburns or something. Then he came back in my room. How did he cut it so straight?
He has been combing it forward for a little while now and wants his hair to grow out to look more like this:
He thought part of his hair was too thin so he cut it straight across to make it all thick. It might be a while before his hair is long enough to style like this. By then, I think we'll go to get it professionally cut so it will style the way he wants (if possible). He will look different!

10 comments:

  1. my goodness, I need to try this recipe, it looks divine!

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  2. My husband loves anything orange flavored. I'll have my daughters make this as a surprise for FHE on Monday. YUM!

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  3. Who wouldnt want to look like Zac, if I was only 20 years younger he would be in trouble..lol..These look amazing I wonder if I could use vanilla extract instead of almond, not crazy about the almond extract flavor?

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  4. That is so need that they do service projects in class. What class is it for? The crescent rolls look divine. What a great kid.

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  5. It looks like he did a great job. But...you're not going to let him grow his hair so that it covers his eyes, are you? That drives me nuts seeing the kids with that hairdo, having to flick their heads around to get the hair out of their eyes.

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  6. Denise, I think that it probably originally called for vanilla. I just love almond extract and often change my recipes to include it. I'm sure it would taste great with vanilla too.

    Mary, it's an honors history class, which you (well, I) wouldn't think about service being part of a history class, but his teacher said that it is an application in their lives of an important thing they learn in history--that one person can do much good and even make a change.

    Tiff, I don't think he actually wants it in his eyes. We'll have to see when it grows more. :)

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  7. Wow, you are doing such a wonderful job with the kids that they think to do this for someone. I realize the class requires it, but I bet some kids do something that takes a lot less effort! Nice job on cutting his hair, and he really did make it straight. Seems like he is growing up way too fast!

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  8. I love cream cheese in pastries/desserts... looks delicious!

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  9. Just made some of these...they are really good!

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  10. Mmmmmm, okay forget the beef. I'm making this ASAP! Just need some oranges. Love citrus and almond! Yum!
    ~ingrid

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