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Cranberry Christmas Canes

 Cranberry Christmas Canes
A festive shape, zesty cranberry filling and Christmas colors make these sweet rolls a real holiday hit with my crew. Sometimes I change the glaze, omitting the vanilla and using orange juice instead of milk for a tangier taste. —Rita Fenley, Chesapeake, Virginia
30 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and lemon peel; cut
  • in butter until crumbly. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm
  • water. Add milk and eggs. Stir into flour mixture until blended.

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Cranberry Christmas Canes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • In a saucepan, combine the filling ingredients. Bring to a boil over
  • medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 5 minutes longer;
  • cool.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in
  • half. Roll one portion into an 18-in. x 15-in. rectangle. Spread
  • filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Fold one short side to center
  • over filling; repeat with other side, making a 15-in. x 6-in.
  • rectangle. Pinch seam to seal. Cut into 15 slices. Twist each slice
  • and form a cane shape.
  • Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining
  • dough and filling. Cover and let rise is a warm place until doubled,
  • about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks. Meanwhile combine glaze ingredients; drizzle
  • over warm rolls. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 199 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.