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Candy Cane Strudel

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Candy Cane Strudel
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12
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This candy cane shaped Strudel topped with pecans and cherries is a perfect dessert for Christmas.
Updated Dec 24, 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3-oz package), thawed
  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 8 maraschino cherries

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. On low speed, beat in vanilla and egg.
  • 2
    Unfold puff pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll into 15x12-inch rectangle. Fold pastry in half lengthwise and transfer to cookie sheet; unfold pastry. Spread cream cheese mixture lengthwise down center third of rectangle. Spoon preserves by tablespoonfuls over cream cheese.
  • 3
    On each long side of rectangle, make cuts 1 inch apart from edge of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling. To give braided appearance, fold alternate strips of dough at an angle completely across filling, forming a tight braid. Seal ends. Gently curve top of braid down to form handle of candy cane.
  • 4
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pan 15 minutes. Place on serving platter. Cool completely, about30 minutes.
  • 5
    In small bowl, mix remaining 3/4 cup powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over braid. Garnish with pecans and cherries.

Nutrition

307 Calories, 18g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 34g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
307
Total Fat
18g
0%
Saturated Fat
5g
0%
Sodium
119mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1g
0%
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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