Chocolate-Almond Croissants

Dark chocolate, almond paste, and whipping cream make a rich filling for packaged crescent roll dough in this simple dessert.



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Ingredients
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    1/2 8  ounce can 
    almond paste
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    1/4  cup 
    whipping cream
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    4   ounces 
    special dark chocolate, chopped
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    1  8  ounce package (8) 
    refrigerated crescent rolls
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    1   
    egg, lightly beaten
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    1   tablespoon 
    water
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    1/4  cup 
    sliced almonds
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    1   tablespoon 
    powdered sugar

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350degreesF. Lightly grease a baking sheet; set aside. In a medium bowl, cut almond paste into pieces. Add whipping cream to almond paste; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in chocolate.
2.
Separate dough into eight triangles. Spoon almond paste mixture onto the shortest side of each dough triangle; spread slightly. Starting at the shortest side of each triangle and rolling to the opposite point, roll up dough around filling of each. Curve into crescent shapes and place, pointed sides down, on prepared baking sheet.
3.
In a small bowl, combine egg and the water. Brush crescents lightly with egg mixture. Sprinkle evenly with almonds.
4.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Transfer croissants to a wire rack; cool slightly. Using a sifter or fine-mesh sieve, sift powdered sugar lightly over croissants. Serve warm. Makes 8 croissants.
Make Ahead Tip
  • To Bake Ahead: Prepare and bake as directed; cool completely. Place croissants in a single layer in an airtight container. Cover; seal. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
    If desired, reheat before serving. To reheat, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange croissants on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until warm.
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