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Candy Cane Coffee Cakes

I make my festive-looking coffee cakes at Christmas and for breakfast company. My husband doesn't usually care for apricots, but he loves these. —Kelley Winship, West Rutland, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    3 coffee cakes (12 slices each)


  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • 5-1/4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped well-drained maraschino cherries
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water


  • In a saucepan, heat sour cream until lukewarm. Set aside. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sour cream, softened butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 2 cups flour. With an electric mixer, beat until smooth. Stir in just enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; divide into 3 equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll each part into a 15x6-in. rectangle. Place on greased baking sheets. With scissors, make 2-in. cuts at 1/2-in. intervals on the long sides of each rectangle. Combine apricots and cherries; spread one-third of the mixture down the center of each rectangle.
  • Crisscross strips over filling. Stretch dough to 22 in. and curve to form canes. Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Bake 15-20 minutes. While warm, brush canes with melted butter. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over tops.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 176 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • ladydaleh
    Nov 24, 2020

    I have been making this Betty Crocker recipe for more than 30 years. I usually make it with apples instead. It is great in the shape of a tree too.

  • swlists
    Jan 12, 2018

    Simpler and quicker to make than I thought it would be. Halved the recipe. Made one large size and 2 smaller sized candy canes instead of the 3 large ones and varied the fillings a bit. This was decorative and delicious.

  • cookinama
    Dec 25, 2014

    I made this for the first time this Christmas. It was great Makes 3 large loaves It was easy and makes a very tender dough. Would highly recommend !

  • eikoopymdog
    Feb 7, 2013

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  • pbgma
    Dec 25, 2012

    I learned to make these in high school and have made 1-2 batches every year since it is so easy. I make mine with the cherries from can pie filling. I also use green & red sprinkles when the icing is warm. So yummy!

  • mtpainter
    Dec 20, 2010

    I have made this recipe every christmas for 30 years. For the icing I use the marchino cherry juice instead of water and decorate it with cherry halves.

  • greatnana9
    Dec 3, 2010

    I have been making this recipe for years and it is always a big hit!!!!!!! At one time I made it every year since the 1970s & now have been requested to make it again.

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    Dec 7, 2009

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    Mar 17, 2009

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