Cranberry-Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree
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Cranberry-Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree

Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 23 minutes • Serves: 10

2 cans (13.8 ounces each) refrigerated classic pizza crust
1/2 (8-ounce) package plain cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup whole cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350°; line rimmed baking pan with parchment paper. Unroll 1 pizza crust on prepared pan; press into 10 x 14-inch rectangle. With short end of crust facing down, starting at top center of crust, use sharp knife or pizza wheel to trim the long sides of the crust into a triangle; from dough scraps, cut 2 (1-inch) squares for “tree trunk.” Place 1 “trunk” piece at bottom of triangle. In small bowl, stir cream cheese and cranberry sauce; spread over pizza crust, and sprinkle with brown sugar and almonds.

2. Place large piece of parchment paper on work surface; unroll remaining pizza crust on parchment paper, press into 10 x 14-inch rectangle and trim into same size triangle. Flip crust over onto almonds and gently remove parchment paper; place remaining “trunk” piece over first “trunk.” In small bowl, stir granulated sugar and cinnamon; brush tree with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon mixture.

3. Starting 1 inch from bottom, outer edges of tree, use paring knife to make cut toward center of tree, leaving a 1-inch section in the center for the trunk; move upward from the base, making cuts every 1-1/2 inches. Gently twist each section; bake 23 minutes or until golden brown.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (2 twists):
198 Calories, 9g Fat (4g Saturated), 18mg Cholesterol,
268mg Sodium, 27g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 4g Protein