Christmas Star Rolls Recipe

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On a special day, preparing mouthwatering cinnamon rolls with a rich caramel sauce is a tempting way to treat family and friends. Using convenient hot roll mix makes it easy to do, and the pecans and candied cherries give the rolls a lovely look.—Ann Harrill, Reidsville, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) hot roll mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Prepare hot roll mix according to package directions. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 1/4-in. thick rectangle. Brush with butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting at a long end; pinch edges to seal seam. Cut each roll into eight equal pieces and set aside. Arrange pecans and cherries in two greased 8-in. round pans or 6-cup ring molds. Combine glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is well blended. Pour glaze over pecans and cherries; top with rolls. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert pans onto platters and let glaze drizzle over rolls. Yield: 16 rolls.
Originally published as Christmas Star Rolls in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p18

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