Oh YUM, Chocolate Strawberry Croissants

Happy National Croissant Day!

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How about a mouth-watering yummy dessert for your weekend pleasure? This one is not only extra-yummy but also reduced in calories and you would never know. If you really want something special to wow your family and friends, give this a try.

Delish Double Chocolate Strawberry Cream Croissants

Ingredients:

12 large Croissants

Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz. Philadephia Cream Cheese (regular or low fat, softened)
2 Tbsp Strawberry Preserves (w/Splenda)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
1/4 cup Mini-Chocolate Chips

Fresh Strawberries: (or sub with your favorite fresh fruit)
Fresh Strawberries (washed, sliced or chopped) (as many as you want)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
Vanilla Extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 Cup Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Cream (optional)

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1. Prepare Croissants:
Slice Croissants in half on large cookie sheet and toast face up in broiler until brown. Remove from oven to cool.

2. Prepare Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
Mix softened cream cheese in bowl with 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Preserves, 1 tsp. vanilla, Splenda to taste, mix well; add 1/4 cup of mini-chocolate chips, mix.

3. Prepare Fresh Strawberries:
Place sliced/chopped strawberries in bowl; add Spenda and Vanilla Extract and blend.

4. Assemble Croissants:
Spread strawberry-chocolate chip cream cheese mixture on bottom layer of each croissant; top with fresh strawberries; place croissant top on.

5. Place assembled croissants under broiler to brown top.

6. Prepare: Dark Chocolate Ganache: Melt chocolate chips in microwave; add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cream, mix until smooth.

7. Spread or drizzle ganache on warm toasted croissants. Cool.

8. Grab a hot cup of your favorite tea or latte and bon appetit!

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Notes: You can use any kind of croissants or mini-broche for this recipe. I use the large Costco croissants which are yummy and fresh. All Splenda and low calorie ingredients can be substituted with regular ingredients. For a really quick version, you can use any Strawberry Cream Cheese and even frozen strawberries. Improvise to your own preference and taste. Refrigerate leftovers.

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