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Strawberry Crescent Braid

This easy Strawberry Crescent Braid is simple enough to throw together anytime, but tastes so amazing you are going to want to make it for your loved ones!

Strawberry Crescent Braid

Strawberry Crescent Braid

This is quite possibly the easiest dessert that I’ve ever made. Ever. And it looked like it was a really complicated, hard, and fancy thing I tossed together for Sunday dinner when really I was scrambling for time and digging through the cupboards wondering just WHAT I had in there that I could make. Like usual. Then I grabbed the closest things that sounded okay, tossed them in the oven, and hoped for the best.

The result is this Strawberry Crescent Braid. It is only FOUR ingredients, and is done in less than an hour. That’s what I’m talking about.

I LOVE baking really intensive desserts that take all day, or even days – to make, but lately I just don’t have the time. The blog, the (amazing!) job, the house, the kids, the band – it is a LOT to keep up with! I’ve been having fun trying, but unfortunately the past few months super involved recipes have fallen away to quick, easy, non-fussy things that I know people will like.

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Which is a bonus for a lot of you because I know there are other busy families out there looking for some simple recipes to throw together in a flash.

Start this one out by opening a can of crescent roll dough, rolling it out a bit between two pieces of parchment paper, and then cutting strips down both sides.

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Now open a can of your favorite pie filling and spoon it right down the middle. I used JUST shy of the whole can, and I happened to have strawberry in the cupboard. Perfect.

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Fold over the braid alternating sides as you go, and then sprinkle with some raw sugar. This part is optional, but I love the little sweet crunch it adds to the braid.

Bake the braid at 350 for about 35 minutes, or until it is golden brown.

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Now put your powdered sugar into a bowl and squeeze the juice from 1/2  lemon into it. Mix until the lumps are gone and once the braid is cooled you can drizzle that over the top.

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Now go and eat and be merry, and impress your friends with this awesome simple, but fancy-looking dessert. This would even work as a danish for breakfast. Have some cream cheese? Spread some of that awesomeness down before the pie filling. I would’ve, but I was out of cream cheese! Ack! Next time – because there will definitely be a next time.

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Yield: 6 people

Strawberry Crescent Braid

Strawberry Crescent Braid

Quick and easy dessert using crescent roll dough and pie filling! You're going to love this sweet, delicious dessert!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 tube crescent roll dough
  • 1 can strawberry pie filling
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw sugar, optional
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Open up crescent roll dough and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper until the dough is one solid piece and slightly bigger than normal. Cut strips down each side of the dough, leaving a 2 1/2 - 3 inch section in the center uncut.
  2. Spoon pie filling down the middle of the dough, and fold over the strips alternating sides as you go and making a criss-cross pattern.
  3. Sprinkle raw sugar over dough and press very lightly if needed to adhere sugar to the dough.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until the dough is evenly golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and let braid cool completely.
  6. Mix powdered sugar with lemon juice until the mixture is smooth, and drizzle over the braid.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Wednesday 11th of March 2015

Just out of curiosity ... because this does look amazing and I am going to make it, do you think a sweetened cream cheese layer would work in this? I think the creamy layer would be wonderful. Do you have any thoughts on potential problems or maybe a baking tip?

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

I think that would be an amazing addition to this. I wanted to incorporate that into this post, actually, but discovered I was out of cream cheese! I don't foresee any issues with adding this in as the bottom layer on this. Let me know how it turns out!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

That oozing strawberry filling is simply gorgeous! What a beautiful bread.

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 22nd of February 2015

Thanks, Karen! I love it with really really easy things turn out so nice-looking too!

Mickie kerr

Saturday 24th of January 2015

This is my first day to see this!

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Tuesday 13th of January 2015

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Andi @ The Weary Chef

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

Ooh I'm crazy about that oozing strawberry filling! Delicious, Nicole! Ahem, did you quietly update your site without telling anyone, or maybe I missed the news. It looks great around here! xo

Nicole Johnson

Friday 23rd of January 2015

Why I sure did! Thanks for noticing! <3

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