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Orange-Cream Cheese Pastries

Yield 20 pastries

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans refrigerated flaky biscuits

How to Make It

  1. Grate 1 tablespoon rind from orange; set rind aside. Squeeze 1/4 cup juice from orange. Combine juice, brown sugar, whipping cream, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly. Pour mixture into a greased 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish; sprinkle with pecans. Set aside.

  2. Combine reserved orange rind, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter in a small mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer just until blended. Stir in coconut.

  3. Separate biscuit dough into 20 pieces. Quickly roll each biscuit on a lightly floured surface to a 4" circle. Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture onto center of each biscuit circle. Roll up, jellyroll fashion. Place biscuits over brown sugar mixture in dish, seam side down, in 2 long rows.

  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° on lowest rack in oven for 32 minutes or until browned. Let cool in dish 5 minutes. Carefully turn pastries out onto a large serving platter. Top with any remaining brown sugar glaze.

  5. Note: We used Hungry Jack biscuits in this recipe.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997