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Breakfast Nut Roll Recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes that I have been making for years—I even won a prize for it years ago. It's special not only because it tastes so good, but because it was passed down to me by my dear aunt.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cups plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly; set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand 5 minutes. Beat egg yolks; add to yeast mixture. Stir gently into flour mixture to form a smooth ball.
  • 2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 12x8-in. rectangle. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Spread over each rectangle; sprinkle with nuts.
  • 3. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with short side; pinch seams and ends to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cut a deep slit down center of each roll (do not cut through).
  • 4. Immediately bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Dust with confectioners' sugar while warm. When completely cooled, slice diagonally. Yield: 2 rolls.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 192 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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