Holiday Coffeecake

Holiday Coffeecake

1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 (8-ounce) packages crescent rolls
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Drain maraschino cherries; discard juice or save for another use.
Reserve 8 to 10 maraschino cherries for garnish; chop remaining cherries.

Combine chopped cherries, cream cheese, almonds, sugar, and almond extract; mix well.
Separate each can of crescent roll dough into 2 rectangles; press firmly at edges and perforations to make one large rectangle. Roll or pat into a rectangle about 15x13 inches.

Spread cream cheese mixture over dough.
Roll up dough starting at long side of rectangle.
Place seam-side down on greased baking sheet. Form into a ring, firmly pressing ends together.

With scissors or a sharp knife, cut almost through ring at 1-inch intervals. Turn each section slightly on its side.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. If necessary, cover with foil during last 5 minutes to prevent over browning.

Carefully remove from pan to wire rack.

Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk and almond extract to make a glaze. Drizzle over coffee cake.
Garnish with reserved whole cherries.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes about 15 servings