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Candy Cane Rolls

Fun and lightly sweet, these festive rolls will delight children of all ages. Make them as part of a holiday brunch or an evening snack served with hot chocolate. Either way, you'll see satisfied smiles. —Janice Peterson, Huron, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red candied cherries, quartered
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine warm milk, sugar, shortening, egg, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add cherries. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough; let rest 10 minutes. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 12x7-in. rectangle. Cut each into twelve 1-in.-wide strips. Twist each strip and place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets, curving one end like a cane. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over rolls.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 138 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Cynthia
    Jun 25, 2017

    Just what I was looking for-individual and not too sweet. Think I'll substitute candied or dried cranberries for cherries. Maybe add some cinnamon chips?

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 23, 2017

    The rolls are easy to make and have a fantastic flavor!

  • vikumar
    Dec 19, 2013

    Very nice recipe!

  • sara w
    Dec 20, 2012

    These rolls have been a hit with my friends and family this Christmas! Everyone has enjoyed them. They are easy to make! Delicious!

  • jaxons1gma
    Dec 20, 2012

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  • stell65
    Nov 21, 2012

    I made these rolls today. They turned out wonderful. I would definitely recommend them. I will definitely be making these again. They are not difficult to make. I do recommend cutting up the candied cherries into very small pieces before adding to the dough--it makes it easier to work with the dough, and they look prettier. I used my own white icing recipe, but I did everything else the same as directed. When baked and iced, these rolls look very professional, and they taste great. They are nice enough to share for Christmas exchanges. I shared some with a co-worker today; she loved them. Thank you Janice Peterson!

  • kshea
    Jun 24, 2012

    I made these from the time they first came out. My kids loved them at Christmas. They are really good!