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Chocolate Walnut Ring

This is an adaptation of my wife's recipe. It's terrific for a holiday brunch or as a midmorning snack. —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • GLAZE:
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons whole milk


  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water, butter and oil to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg and yolk; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into an 18x9-in. rectangle; sprinkle with filling to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; seal ends.
  • Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over ring.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 175 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Betsy Baker
    Jan 18, 2011

    very easy to make. I filled it with walnuts and cream cheese 1 package (sweetened with some confectioners sugar) left out the chocolate chips..

  • jeclark
    Jul 28, 2010

    I’m not a big fan of walnuts, so I substituted them for almonds and it turned out great! The cinnamon really made the bread too, I love it!