Friday, January 11, 2008

Recipe: Candy Crescents

Candy in Crescent RollsOn New Year’s Eve we tried something a little different. For the past few years we’d done grown-up things, like have a nice dinner party where my husband makes an excellent feast of something like homemade pot pies or a roast of some kind.

This year it was bit more low key, but I usually make the dessert so I decided to make it more interactive.

Specifically, after giving my studio a little purge, I gathered up the errant and orphaned candies into a bowl, bought two tubes of Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough and pre-heated the oven.

My neighbor Robin and I just took what was lying around and wrapped it in dough and baked it.

She was very conservative, erring with items that actually sounded good. Things like shaved chocolate with crushed almonds. Orange marmalade. Shaved chocolate with orange marmalade and so on.

3 Musketeers Mini in crescent roll

I, on the other hand, was curious to see what would happen with things that didn’t necessarily sound good at first. My experiments included:

  • Lemon Jelly Candies
  • Twix Java Bar
  • 3 Musketeer Cappuccino Mini (shown above)
  • Charles Chocolates Almond Caramel Stick
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (shown below)
  • M&Ms
  • Smooth ‘n Melty Mints
  • Pecan Pralines
  • Peppermint Pattie
  • Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallows
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in a Crescent RollThe process is pretty simple. Just follow the directions on the package of your Pillsbury (or other brand) Crescent Rolls. My biggest suggestion is to use baking parchment on your baking sheet, as it is extremely likely that something will leak and this prevents sticking and makes cleanup a snap. I baked them for the recommended time and found that the centers generally ended up hot and melted but not burned.

    In general simpler, consistently textured items work best. While I enjoyed the less-sweet taste of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in a Crescent, it was kind of dry because of the baked peanut butter and smaller proportion of chocolate that seemed to creep into the corners. A similar thing happened with the 3 Musketeers Mini. First, the Mini is too small, I think a Fun Size would work better. Second, the center stays intact but the chocolate goes everywhere. The center also seems to get a bit more grain to it, especially if you left the roll cool completely. The Peppermint Pattie was rather dreadful, as the center became inconsistent ... a little chewy in places and in other places downright chalky. The Pecan Pralines turned out fantastic, just like a Pecan Sticky Bun filling. The M&Ms’ shell seemed to lose its color (that’s the lavender blob in the first picture), which I’ve never had happen before with baking with M&Ms, there must be more moisture in crescent roll dough than cookie dough. The Lemon Jelly was tasty and moist but a little bland. The Java Twix was baffling, we couldn’t figure out what it was, it was just sweet and grainy. A twice baked cookie is probably not a good idea. (Though I’m still curious about what would happen with a KitKat.)

    For the record, Robin’s Shaved Dark Chocolate with Blood Orange Marmalade was good, probably the best of the bunch.

    After tasting about eight of them, we all felt a little sick and the rest remained untouched, so I can’t say whether they were considered successes or not. They’re definitely better right out of the oven, so if you’re making them for a small group, try baking three or four at a time in succession instead of all at once to pace yourself.

    For kids it’s a fun little, “no mess, low stress” thing to do, maybe even for a party. I can also recommend marking them somehow ... we couldn’t figure out what some of them were and it’d only been 20 minutes since we made them! (Okay, it was New Years and we’d already had a bottle of wine.)

    This is definitely an experiment I plan to continue. I saw that Pillsbury makes a jumbo roll, which might be better for larger candy bars, like a Snickers Fun Size. I also want to know what happens when you put taffy, hard candies, marshmallows or caramels in there. You can also just use candy-like ingredients like Nutella, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, Sprinkles, Crushed Candies and so on ...

    So, have you ever tried something like this and how did it turn out?

    I give the results of this project a 6 out of 10.

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    1. I do something like that at least twice a month ( a bit of a Saturday morning tradition).I use the Pillsbury crescent and stuff them with grated 70% Lindt.

      They are fantastic!

      Comment by Alexandra on 1/11/08 at 7:26 am #
    2. So, have you ever tried something like this and how did it turn out?

      Yeah.  Ironically, I’ve been deemed a health freak by some, but I love to experiment and cook.  Anyway, I was making pancakes for my brother and sister.  We didn’t have any flour for the pancakes, so I thought, “Powdered Sugar looks like flour.”  Long story short, I don’t think I’ve ever test-tasted something so vile and grainy my entire life. raspberry
      I also wanted to see what would happen if I melted some milk chocolate and mixed in Pixy Stix powder, then poured the mixture on a Krispy Kreme doughnut…uh, Cybele, don’t ever try that combination.  Ever. :D

      Comment by Breigh on 1/11/08 at 11:33 am #
    3. I have put Nestle Toll House morsels in a cooked canned biscuit more than once.  It was a whim, but it wasn’t just good, it tasted “fancy.”

      Comment by Dave on 1/11/08 at 1:30 pm #
    4. I’ve done the crescent rolls twice, but not with anything adventurous.  I made them with my 7-year-old cousin, and we used Hershey’s Kisses.  They turned out well.  We did a couple that were s’mores themed, with Kisses, marshmallow, and graham cracker crumbs.  The marshmallow kind of oozed out and got tough.  They were old marshmallows though, so that could have had something to do with it.

      If you use parchment paper, you can just write what each contains on the parchment.

      Comment by Alicia on 1/11/08 at 2:00 pm #
    5. My girlfriend and I wrap brie in crescent rolls.  You don’t separate the the rolls into triangles and then just completely wrap the triangle.  It is so delicious but we always get a bit nauseous - why do crescent rolls get so hard and greasy after they sit?  It’s a little scary.

      Comment by Jess on 1/11/08 at 3:47 pm #
    6. There are rumors that you can fake sopapillas by wrapping a large marshmallow in crescent roll dough, but I have not yet tried this, which is clearly my oversight.

      Nespresso sent us way too many little flat squares of chi-chi chocolate, and baking them into Pillsbury biscuits is extremely successful in an omigawd-I’m-so-Parisian way.

      Comment by calamari on 1/11/08 at 4:25 pm #
    7. Pillsbury has a recipe in one of their bakeoff books, you dip a marshmallow in melted butter, then roll it in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon then seal in a biscuit and bake. I’ve never made them but they sound good. Now you have me thinking of caramel, marshmallow and choc. chips. Like a scotchmallow wrapped in dough!

      Comment by winnie on 1/11/08 at 4:54 pm #
    8. Jordan almonds can be used for a number of things.  Crush them up into pieces, then put it in a pan and warm them until the candy coating melts.  Then you can brush it on to a number of things, like desserts and even meat (though I don’t eat meat)

      Comment by Rita on 1/12/08 at 10:34 am #
    9. wow, what a great experiment
      the only thing I’ve done with Crescent Rolls is use them in my top secret bread pudding recipe and in that sopapilla cheesecake recipe that’s so good

      Comment by debe on 1/12/08 at 2:51 pm #
    10. what I would like to try is a cheesecake filling
      either the philadelphia cheesecake “tub” of cheesecake filling OR the new NY Cheesecake hershey kisses, but that might get screwed up and
      drown out the cheesecake w/ the choclate….
      not sure ....

      I am on a cheesecake kick since trying those
      NY Cheesecake Hershey Kisses

      hmmmmmmmmmmm something to try….....soon…


      Comment by Lisa on 1/13/08 at 5:53 pm #
    11. Thank you soooo much for the recipe!!
      I cant wait to get home and try it!

      Comment by May on 1/14/08 at 2:20 am #
    12. I have made rolls the pp mentioned with the melted butter, cinnamon and marshamallows.  They are really good.  We actually use them at Easter as a representation of the burial and resurrection.  The marshmallow is the body of Christ, the butter and cinnamon sugar are the oils and spices used to annoint his body.  The crescent roll wrapped around the marshmallow represents the tomb.  After the rolls are baked, the marshmallow has melted into the roll and hence, the body of Christ is no longer in the tomb!  Kids love making them and we do them almost every year on Easter Sunday.  They taste yummy too!

      Comment by Kristi on 1/14/08 at 3:19 am #
    13. One of my favourite little pastry/cookie things to make is chocolate rugalach which has dark chocolate, walnuts and marmalade inside a rolled dough—very close to your experiment that tasted the best.  It’s easy to make the dough and you can cut it in quarters and freeze it and just make a few when you want them.  Way better than the Pillsbury crap.  I’ll have to try some different ingredients next!
      this recipe is similar:

      Comment by Storme on 1/14/08 at 4:15 pm #
    14. the best experiment I ever tried was Pillsbury pie crust loaded with brown sugar and cinnamon, cut into triangles, and then rolled up like cresent rolls. Tasted just like brown sugar cinnamon poptarts.

      Comment by Breda on 1/14/08 at 7:34 pm #
    15. I’ve done it with shredded cheese and onions… not sweet but really good!

      Comment by Janette on 1/22/08 at 1:49 pm #
    16. I watched a cooking show once where someone wrapped a wheel of brie with unsectioned crescent dough as mentioned above.  My sister had had told me years before that she liked to eat brie with Nutella.  (I know it sounds gross, but it’s really good.)  So, when my sister was visiting, we combined the ideas and put a dollop of Nutella on the brie before wrapping it in the crescent dough.  It turned out remarkably well.  But I have to agree that it’s not a good idea to eat the whole thing if there are only two of you.

      Comment by Sara and Amanda on 1/29/08 at 3:27 pm #
    17. Try a small amount of hard candy. it will melt and get kind of caramelly

      Comment by laura on 5/08/11 at 12:31 pm #
    18. Someone told me you can wrap any candy in the Crescent roll and roast it like a marshmallow has anyone tyred thus founds so fun

      Comment by Nichole on 5/11/12 at 8:35 pm #
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