Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. An incredibly quick & easy recipe, sweet cream cheese puff pastry sandwiches loaded with juicy apples and cranberries makes for a perfect sweet snack

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. An incredibly quick & easy recipe, sweet cream cheese puff pastry sandwiches loaded with juicy apples and cranberries makes for a perfect sweet snack

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. All I can say is WOW! When you bite into these bars you just want to close your eyes and enjoy all the delicious flavors and textures.

The combination of the chunky apple and the slightly chewy cranberries is a wonderful contrast together with the creaminess of the sweetened cream cheese. Added to that, you get a little after taste of pumpkin spice, just to bring you into the feeling of Fall and all things comforting and cozy.

As for the pastry. Well, what can I say other than crisp, flaky, light, DELICIOUS!

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The recipe itself is very straightforward, the ingredients are readily available and inexpensive.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. An incredibly quick & easy recipe, sweet cream cheese puff pastry sandwiches loaded with juicy apples and cranberries makes for a perfect sweet snack

Variations

You can also be as flexible as you like, so try swapping the apple for pears, or perhaps peaches. Add some cinnamon or a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg instead of pumpkin spice..... add raisins or craisins.

Have a play around with the ingredients, stick to the same amounts as the recipe states and just enjoy your creation!

We've got a few Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bar recipes so do take a look!

The beauty of this recipe is that you can also prepare ahead if you wish, and freeze or refrigerate before you bake. Although the preparation really doesn't take much time at all, but if you wanted to make ahead, then you could!

So without further ado, let's head right on to how we make these little treats and please do enjoy!

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. An incredibly easy recipe with fantastic flavors! | Lovefoodies.com

Prep time

10 minutes

Baking time

40 minutes

Serving size

12 bars

Ingredients

1 can of Pillsbury Crescent rolls or 1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 – 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
3 Granny Smith Apples
3 Tablespoons Dried Cranberries
Squeeze of lemon juice
2 Tablespoons Regular Sugar
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

1. Pre heat oven to 350 F or 180 C. Line the 8 x 8 baking pan with foil, including the sides and then grease with some melted butter.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars showing baking pan
Make sure the foil overhangs the sides so you can lift the whole thing out once it has baked.

Unroll and spread the crescent rolls or puff pastry sheets flat then cut in half. Then with one half of the pastry, line the bottom of the greased pan.

**NOTE: As you can see from the photos below, I used a loaf pan. Feel free to use whatever oven-proof pan you like. You just need to make sure you cut the pastry to the size of your pan. The bake times will all be roughly the same.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars, showing first layer of pastry

2. Peel, core and cut the apples in to small bite sized chunks. Add to a mixing bowl together with the dried cranberries and squeeze of lemon juice, pumpkin spice and 2 Tablespoons of regular sugar.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars, showing apples prepared

3. In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and powdered sugar and mix so it is a thick paste.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars, showing cream cheese filling prepared

Then transfer to the apple mixture and combine well.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars, showing cream cheese filling combined with other ingredients

4. Spread the mixture evenly over the crescent roll / puff pastry layer, make sure you reach the corners too.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars, showing filling added to pan

5. Carefully place the other layer of pastry on top of the cream cheese mixture, then using a brush, spread the melted butter on the pastry and then a sprinkling of sugar.

Top Tips

If you would like to freeze this, do so at this point, but BEFORE you add the melted butter and sugar. Then when you're ready to bake, bring to room temperature, spread the melted butter and sugar and simply bake as the instructions below.

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars, showing ready for baking

6. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour before trying to slice, so it can firm up a little. Serve as it is or with a nice blob of whipped cream!

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars, showing baked

So delicious!

Top Tips

If you're making these ahead and want them to crisp up again the next day, simply pop them in the oven on a high temperature for 5 minutes maximum.

Often with pastries, when you store them in an air tight container, they tend to go soft, which is fine, but for those who like crispy, just reheat!

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Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. An incredibly quick & easy recipe, sweet cream cheese puff pastry sandwiches loaded with juicy apples and cranberries makes for a perfect sweet snack

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Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. An incredibly easy recipe with fantastic flavors! | Lovefoodies.com

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Apple and Cranberry Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Bars. An incredibly quick & easy recipe, sweet cream cheese puff pastry sandwiches loaded with juicy apples and cranberries makes for a perfect sweet snack

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent rolls or 1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons – 4 powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 Granny Smith Apples
  • 3 Tablespoons Dried Cranberries
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Regular Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 F or 180 C.
  2. Unroll and spread the crescent rolls or puff pastry sheets flat then cut in half. Then with one half of the pastry, line the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 baking pan. I also line the pan with foil first so it is easier to lift out after baking.
  3. Peel, core and cut the apples in to small bite sized chunks. Add to a mixing bowl together with the dried cranberries and squeeze of lemon juice, pumpkin spice and 2 Tablespoons of regular sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and powdered sugar and mix so it is a thick paste. Then transfer to the apple mixture and combine well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly over the crescent roll / puff pastry layer, make sure you reach the corners too.
  6. Carefully place the other layer of pastry on top of the cream cheese mixture, then using a brush, spread the melted butter on the pastry and then a sprinkling of sugar.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.Allow to cool for at least 1 hour before trying to slice, so it can firm up a little. Serve as it is or with a nice blob of whipped cream!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 49gProtein: 3g

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