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Cinnamon Almond Braid

Refrigerated dough makes this pretty braid from Nancy Gunn in Orem, Utah both flaky and fuss-free while cinnamon and almond make it simply delicious! Try it with other types of refrigerated dough for a different texture. “I’ve made it with a crusty French loaf,“ Nancy notes.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (10 slices)


  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with parchment. Unroll crescent dough into prepared pan; seal seams and perforations. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough.
  • Combine the almonds, butter, extract and remaining sugar; spread lengthwise down the center of dough. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips about 2-1/2 in. into center. Starting at 1 end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack. For icing, in a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over braid; sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 177 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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