How to make it

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet, forming 13x7-inch rectangle. Firmly press perforations to seal.
  • In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and 2 tablespoons sugar; beat well. Beat in egg yolk. Stir in cherries. Spoon lengthwise down center of dough rectangle in 2 1/2-inch-wide strip. Cut 1-inch-wide strips on each side of cream cheese filling to within 1/2 inch of filling. Fold strips at an angle across filling mixture, alternating from side to side.
  • In small bowl, combine egg white and water; beat well. Brush egg white mixture over dough. (Discard any remaining egg white mixture.) Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar.
  • Bake at 375°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; place on serving tray. Cool 5 minutes.
  • In small bowl, blend powdered sugar, almond extract and enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle glaze over warm braid. If desired, garnish with additional candied cherries. Cool 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm. Store in refrigerator.

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