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Cream Cheese Braids

Category: Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • For the dough:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • For the cream cheese filling:
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


For the dough:
Heat sour cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar, salt, and butter. Whisk and continue to warm until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, sprinkle yeast over the warm water. Stir until dissolved. Add sour cream mixture, eggs, and flour. Mix until well combined. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, remove the dough from the refrigerator and continue with the filling.

For the cream cheese filling:
Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined (this is easy to do in a mixer if you have a spare bowl but not hard to do with a wooden spoon).

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and cut into six equal pieces. Roll one out to a rectangle, about 12 x 8. Spread 1/3 cup of the cream cheese filling onto the center of the rectangle, leaving about a 1- or 2-inch border around the edges. Fold/roll the dough lengthwise, jelly-roll style. Pinch the edges together, fold the ends under, and place, seam-side down, onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with each ball of dough.

Slit each roll diagonally at 2-inch intervals, trying not to cut completely through the dough, to resemble a braid. Cover loosely and let rise about two hours in a warm, draft-free spot.

For the glaze:
Mix the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the braids for 12 minutes, or until light golden brown. Spread with glaze while warm.

To freeze the braids: Place the cookie sheet into the freezer, with the braids uncovered, until they are frozen and the glaze is hard. Then wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil (or place in a freezer bag).

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