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Marshmallow Pastry

When I was in the fifth or sixth grade I went to the best slumber party ever at Karen Johnson’s house. Karen’s mother is the one who made it so fun. She didn’t mind our little forays into the occult (seances and levitations), unlike some mothers who wouldn’t let so much as a ouija board in their house. And she served the most delicious food like this heavenly mix of marshmallow, refrigerator dough and cinnamon sugar.

I was so excited to see that Trader Joe’s now carries those refrigerated cylinders of crescent and cinnamon rolls in addition to their biscuits because you make this pastry with crescent rolls. Trader Joe’s versions don’t contain the artificial ingredients you find in the Pillsbury products. But who am I kidding? The only ingredient with any remotely redeeming nutritive value in this concoction is cinnamon, so use a lot of it!

To make this “pastry”, you need one cylinder of crescent rolls, some marshmallows, cinnamon sugar and melted butter. Then it’s just an assembly job. First dip a marshmallow in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar. Place the coated marshmallow on the wide end of a crescent roll. Tuck the two wide-end points of your dough triangle around your marshmallow and roll the dough around it. You’ll end up with dough packets looking something like this:

It’s really important to pinch the dough together wherever it meets. Those little triangles on top of the packets should have been pinched together with the dough beneath them. They weren’t and melted marshmallow ran out. You want to try to keep the marshmallow inside, but even if it does run out, the pastry will still be delicious. Once you have your packets together, dip each one in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar. Place them back on your baking sheet and bake according to the package directions for the crescent rolls. Lining your baking sheet is good idea. Once the packets are baked, try not to rush to eat them. Let them rest for ten minutes or longer and then – enjoy!



  1. Janice

    These look so yummy – what a great treat, and wonderful memory. Let me know next time you pop a batch in and we’ll be right over. Oh who am I kidding, we’re off to TJs this afternoon!!

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