This Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring is a semi-homemade pastry dream. Crescent roll dough is wrapped around a rich cream cheese mixture and raspberry pie filling and then it’s all baked to delicious, flaky perfection. It’s a quick, delicious dessert that everyone always loves!
Crescent rings are where it’s at. Whether you’re creating a savory crescent ring like a crab salad ring or a sweet crescent ring like this raspberry cream cheese crescent ring, these circular treats can serve as everything from appetizers to desserts. They’re so easy, so delicious, and just so much fun to eat.
We make crescent rings all the time. We love to serve them as appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. They work well in any scenario. One of our favorite ways to make them, though, is as desserts. There’s just something about being able to grab a slice of a flaky dessert and eat it while you mingle that we really love.
Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring Dessert
Over the years, we’ve made all kinds of crescent ring desserts, but the one we’ve been making a lot of these days is this raspberry cream cheese crescent ring. The combination of tartness and sweetness in the raspberry pie filling goes so perfectly with the cool creaminess of the cream cheese, and when you wrap it all up in a flaky, delicious crescent dough? Oh, it’s heaven.
This particular crescent ring dessert is just about the tastiest you’ll ever make if you’re shooting for sweet perfection. It’s also so incredibly easy because it’s semi-homemade. There’s no heavy lifting here. Just delicious, creamy, fruity goodness.
It only takes a few ingredients to make this delicious crescent ring dessert. You only need seven ingredients, and they’re all readily available at any grocery store you visit. They come together as quickly and as easily as it is to shop for them.
- Refrigerated crescent roll dough
- Cream cheese, softened
- Vanilla extract
- Raspberry pie filling
- Powdered sugar
That’s all there is to it. It’s about as simple as you can get. Almost everything here is already made and just waiting to be put together! And speaking of putting it all together…
Making the Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring
Making this delicious crescent ring is as easy as shopping for it. Between the pre-made crescent roll dough and the canned pie filling, there’s only one part of this recipe that you need to make, and I use that term loosely.
You’ll find the complete recipe with amounts and baking times in the recipe card below, but take a look at this recipe overview. You’ll see how easy it is to make this recipe. You’ll also see that there’s not much more to it when you get to the actual recipe.
- Unroll crescent roll dough into individual triangles.
- Lay triangles in a circle with the wide side facing toward the center and overlapping a bit.
- Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Spoon the raspberry pie filling along the crescent ring.
- Drop the cream cheese mixture by spoonfulls on top of the pie filling.
- Wrap the crescent triangles over the mixture, tucking the points under the center base.
- Bake until golden brown and cool.
- Whisk powdered sugar with milk and drizzle over the cooled crescent ring.
That’s all there is to it! This semi-homemade wonder looks like something that would take a lot of effort and time to make, but in reality, it’s one of the simplest recipes out there. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time flat, AND you’ll be the hero of any event.
Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring Tips
There are only a few tips that you need to keep in mind when making this recipe. It’s just that easy. While it’s almost impossible to actually ruin this recipe, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll end up with the best possible raspberry cream cheese crescent ring.
Fully Soften the Cream Cheese
When combining cream cheese with another ingredient to create a smooth mixture, it’s important that you allow it to fully come to room temperature to ensure that it’s completely softened. This allows the cream cheese to get completely soft, making it much easier to incorporate it into your mixture and avoid any lumps.
Be Sure Your Triangles Overlap
It’s incredibly important to be sure that your crescent roll dough triangles overlap at their base. That’s what forms a complete foundation for the rest of the crescent ring. If you don’t overlap the triangles sufficiently, you’ll end up with cream cheese and pie filling all over your baking sheet instead of inside your crescent ring.
Drop, Don’t Spread
It’s important that you drop the cream cheese on top of the jam by spoonfuls rather than spreading it over the top. First, it just looks nice. Secondly, and more importantly, if you try to spread the cream cheese over the top of the jamp, it will end up making a fruity cream cheese mix. And while that tastes good, it doesn’t give that Danish vibe.
It’s really important not to overbake your crescent ring. Crescent dough is absolutely perfect when it’s done to golden brown deliciousness. If you overcook it, it gets dry, and that flakiness becomes bites of share, craggy, DRY mouth daggers.
Be sure you pull out your crescent ring as soon as it starts to get to a light golden color. There will be a bit of carry-over cooking time which will bring it to just where it needs to be.
There are two main things that you can do with this recipe to give it a little extra kick or completely change the flavor altogether. Try changing the pie filling and try adding nuts to the top of the crescent ring!
Different Pie Filling
There are so many different pie fillings out there that it’s easy to create an entirely new dessert with the twist of a can opener. Try all your favorite berry and fruit pie fillings and see which ones you like the best. We even tried making this with pumpkin pie filling. It was really good!
Adding nuts to the top of your crescent ring will really make it pop and give it that classic Danish feel that we all love so much when we get them from the bakery. Some great options include slivered almonds or chopped pecans or walnuts. For a bit of extra flavor, you can toast your nuts first!
Serving Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring
The best way to serve this crescent ring is to simply put it on a serving tray and cut it into slices while keeping it in a ring. Then, everyone can grab a piece as they browse the table for goodies. This is a semi-homemade Danish that is already drizzled with frosting, so I don’t recommend adding anything extra to it. It’s perfect on its own.
This dessert is perfect for a special weekend dessert, summer parties and potlucks, and holiday get-togethers. It’s equally at home at an Easter table as it is at a Christmas party.
Storing the Crescent Ring
This raspberry cream cheese crescent ring will keep well in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to four days. To serve, simply microwave a slice or heat it up in the oven. Be aware that you can’t freeze this dessert, so be sure to eat it all before your time runs out. Trust me. It won’t be hard to do!
Before we go, let’s take a look at some commonly asked questions when it comes to recipes like this crescent ring. They’ll help you understand what to do and what not to do!
Why is my cream cheese mixture so lumpy?
Chances are you didn’t let your cream cheese completely soften before you creamed it with the sugar. If your cream cheese isn’t thoroughly softened, your mixture will be lumpy.
Why did my filling seep out of my crescent ring?
You didn’t overlap your triangles sufficiently. Overlapping the triangles creates the base for the entire dish. If the triangles aren’t overlapped enough, the filling will ooze out all over the place.
I overcooked my crescent ring! WHAT is golden brown?
It’s important to remember that golden brown doesn’t mean fully browned. Some people will cook something far too long trying to get what they think is a golden brown color. Golden brown means lightly browned. Just cooked. The dough will have a LIGHT golden color. Light is the important word to remember here.
Why can’t I freeze this crescent ring?
Cream cheese doesn’t freeze well. It gets a grainy texture that will absolutely stand out when you defrost and reheat this recipe.
Give This Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring a Try
This raspberry cream cheese crescent roll is a breeze to make, and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect combination. Whether you want a tasty treat for afternoon snacking, a great weekend dessert, or a deliciously sweet addition to a potluck or holiday get-together, this crescent ring is always a great choice.
With a recipe this delicious and easy to make, there’s no reason not to give it a try. Make this raspberry cream cheese crescent ring for yourself and watch everyone beg for seconds – and thirds!
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This Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent Ring is so good and so easy! You'll have it done in a flash, but everyone will think it took all day.
- 2 tubes (8 ounce each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (21 ounce) can raspberry pie filling
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350F.
Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the triangle.
On a large pan or pizza pan, lay out the crescent rolls in a large circle, with the wide ends of the crescent roll triangles forming the circle and overlapping a bit, and the top points of the triangles pointing outward like a sunburst. There should be a circular gap in the center, about 4 inches across.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Spoon the raspberry pie filling into a circle over the crescent rolls (you wont need all of it).
Drop the cream cheese mixture by spoonfulls on top of the pie filling. Pull the points of the dough triangles to the center and tuck under the inside of the circle to form a ring.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar with the milk. Drizzle the frosting over the cooled crescent ring.
Slice and serve.