Get Inspired- December 2008
With a few more minutes and a little bit of creative fun, you can make your gifts unique and individual.
- Don’t bother buying more boxes of gift tags. Just recycle last year’s Christmas cards. Cut them into simple shapes, and use a grommet-maker or hole punch to add a small hole at one end or corner. Thread twine through the hole, and tie to the gift for a creative look.
- Instead of buying another roll of wrapping paper, make your own. Use stamps and paint to transform recycled kraft paper. It’ll save you money, help the environment, and add memorable personality to every gift you give.
Your family will definitely want to rise, shine, and dine when they smell these baking in the oven. Preheat oven to 375°. Beat 1⁄2 (8-oz.) package softened cream cheese, 1⁄4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, and 11⁄2 tsp. orange zest at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Unroll 1 (11-oz.) can refrigerated French bread dough onto a lightly floured surface. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 1⁄4-inch border. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Gently roll up dough, starting at 1 long side. Cut into 11 (11⁄4-inch) slices. Place slices in a lightly greased 8-inch round cake pan. Brush top of dough with 1 Tbsp. melted butter. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Stir together 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. orange juice in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over hot rolls. Serve immediately.
Makes 11 rolls. Prep: 15 min., Bake: 30 min.
- For testing purposes only, we used Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf.