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Sweet Christmas Canes

 Sweet Christmas Canes
I received this recipe from my county home economist. See if it becomes a Christmas-morning tradition at your house like it has at ours!
30 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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
  • DOUGH:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar icing, optional

Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine all filling ingredients. Bring to a boil;
  • reduce heat and cook 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, for dough, scald milk and cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast
  • in water; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and
  • lemon peel. Cut in butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add

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Directions (continued)

  • milk, yeast mixture and eggs. Combine to form a soft dough. Place
  • dough in a greased bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap;
  • refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Divide dough in half. On a well-floured surface, roll out each half
  • of the dough into an 18-in. x 15-in. rectangle. Divide the filling
  • and spread on each rectangle. Fold each rectangle into thirds,
  • starting with the 15-in. side. The dough will now measure 15 in. x 6
  • in.
  • Cut each piece into 15 short strips. Twist each strip and shape into
  • a candy cane. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for
  • 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Frost with
  • a confectioners' sugar icing if desired. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 175 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.