Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes Recipe
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Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes Recipe

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“At our house, Easter or Christmas morning just would not be the same without these wonderful sugar/cinnamon braids.” They also make lovely gifts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 149 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the eggs, butter, milk, salt, 5 cups flour and remaining sugar; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts.
  3. Punch dough down. On a floured surface, roll into a 21-in. circle; cut into four wedges. Spread filling over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up each wedge from the wide end.
  4. Place point side down on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Curve ends to form crescents. Cut slits in pastry. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over coffee cakes. Cut each into 12 slices. Yield: 4 coffee cakes (12 slices each).
Originally published as Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p20

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NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 93302
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"This is absolutely wonderful - great that you can do most of the work ahead of time - tastes almost like a cinnamon bun you get at the mall - Absolutely a keeper!"

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