This Nutella star bread is a perfectly beautiful bread, made with store bought Crescent Roll Dough making it the perfect easy, and delicious, and beautiful breakfast, brunch or dessert!
This star bread comes together in less than an hour, but is a beautiful breakfast or dessert option. It’s also delicious to eat, which is the most important part.
It’s a twisted star or snowflake shaped pastry, stuffed full of nutella, baked up to golden perfection and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s stunning, and would be so perfect for a holiday brunch, a Christmas party, or even for Christmas morning!
I decided to go easy with the dough this time and use store bought crescent roll pastry sheets, which gives you a delicious light and fluffy, buttery pastry dough without any of the hassle. And sometimes we need easy right? I mean, how perfect is this to whip up and bake on Christmas morning, you could be eating it in less than 30 minutes!
You can also fill the bread with other options instead of the delicious chocolatey hazelnut spread I opted for. Some other yummy options would be:
- cinnamon sugar, add a little butter to help it stick
- raspberry or strawberry jam
- apple or pumpkin butter
- the possibilities are endless
Ingredients Needed to make Star Bread:
- Crescent Roll Sheets
- Chocolate Hazlenut Spread – Nutella or other brand
- Egg – for the egg wash
- Powdered Sugar
How to make Star Bread?
The star bread seems a little intimidating to shape, but let me tell you – it is not! Basically you will spread each of the crescent dough sheets out, and roll it out until its about 12 inches long, then cut the corners off to make them into a 10 to 12 inch circle, as circular as you can.
Roll the crescent roll dough out one at a time, then carefully spread the Nutella evenly over the top of the circle. Repeat with two more of the crescent roll circles, layering them on top of one another as you go. Then finish with the last circle, and keep that one clean with out Nutella to seal it off.
Place a 2-3 inch glass cup in the middle to mark your dough for the star’s center. You don’t want to cut this part of the dough. Then you will cut the circle into 16 equal parts, like a pie. The easiest way for me to do this was to cut it into fourths, then cut each of those in half, then cut those halves in half again – which gives you 16 equal wedges.
Now it’s time to twist. You’ll take 2 of your pieces and twist them in the opposite direction of each other, making sure to twist them each the same amount, about 3 times. Then pinch and press their ends together. Repeat with the additional 14 pieces, which will give you an 8 point star.
I’ll be honest, the star sometimes looks like a snowflake, but that’s nice and wintery too, so it’s still perfect.
Brush the top of the bread lightly with egg wash (egg and water or milk beaten together in a small bowl).
Then bake the bread up on your large cookie sheet, until it’s nice and golden and the dough is cooked throughout.
When the bread is ready to eat you can enjoy it as is, dust the top with powdered sugar, or enjoy it as is.
Enjoy the star bread warm, by letting everyone pull off their own star twist to enjoy.
Tips for making Star Bread:
- Spread your first crescent roll dough out on your already prepared cookie sheet so you don’t have to transfer it again once it is rolled out. Then spread the additional layers out onto clean sheets of parchment so you can slide it off the parchment on top of the bottom circle to layer.
- Don’t add too much filling in each layer. I know it seems like it would make it extra delicious, but it will spill out as it bakes making the dessert not look as nice.
- You could also drizzle an easy vanilla icing on top, you just need a little powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- Instead of crescent dough you could also use 4 sheets of puff pastry dough.
How to make Star Bread Ahead of Time?
You can assemble this star bread ahead of time if you want, so that come Christmas morning you just have to bake it up. Literally all you have to do is make the nutella bread as directed through step ___ then instead of throwing the bread in the oven, cover it up tightly with plastic wrap or foil and place the whole cookie sheet in your fridge. You can leave it in the fridge overnight, up to 24 hours before you want to bake it.
When you’re ready to enjoy it, remove the baking pan from the fridge while the oven preheats, then add it to the oven when it’s ready. Bake it up and enjoy like usual!
How to store leftover Star bread?
I can’t guarantee you’ll have any leftovers, but if you do cover them and store them at room temperature for up to 2 days. Or in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheat it in the oven, air fryer, or microwave as desired. And re dust with powdered sugar.
This star bread is the perfect holiday breakfast or brunch option. It’s perfect for Christmas morning, and your whole family will gobble it up in no time!
Looking for more Christmas Brunch Recipes?
- Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
- Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls
- Pecan Sticky Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Crescent
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Nutella Star Bread
- 4 cans Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheets
- 1 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
- 1 large egg
- 1 TBS water or milk
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out one can of crescent dough onto the cookie sheet. Roll it into a 12 inch long rectangle. Then cut off the corners to cut it into a 10 inch circle. (A plate, cake pan, etc in those sizes can help cut the edges smoothly).
- Spread about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Nutella onto the dough.
- Repeat rolling out, cutting, and spreading Nutella with two additional cans of crescent roll. Placing them on top of one another to create 3 layers.
- Roll out and cut the last can, and place it on top of the others.
- Place a 2 to 3 inch cup onto the center of the dough.
- Then use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 16 even wedges.
- Take two sections that are next to each other and twist them away from each other, about 3 times. Pinch the edges together to make a star point.
- Repeat with the remaining sections, twisting them two at a time.
- Add your egg and water to a small bowl and whisk them together.
- Brush the egg wash evenly over the top of the dough with a silicone brush.
- Bake the star bread in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is golden and it is cooked throughout.
- Let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Dust the top with powdered sugar and serve.