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Cinnamon Pecan Braids Recipe

Whenever there's a bake sale, I make these braids. They're so eye-catching that most of the loaves get snapped up by the people working the sale! —Connie Dahmer, Marion, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°), dvided
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  • 1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Add eggs and remaining water; mix well. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Beat into yeast mixture (do not knead). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 2. For filling, in a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Stir in pecans and cinnamon; set aside.
  • 3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll each into a 12-in. x 9-in. x rectangle on a greased baking sheet. Spread filling lengthwise down center third of each rectangle.
  • 4. One each long side, cut 3/4-in.-wide strips to the center to within 1/2 in. of the filling. Starting at one end, fold alternately strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour (dough will not double).
  • 5. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly before removing from pans to wire racks. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cooled braids. Yield: 4 loaves.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 860 calories, 48g fat (25g saturated fat), 165mg cholesterol, 530mg sodium, 100g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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moorad06 User ID: 6509583 33797
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"I have made this recipe 6 times. My family loves it."

genarobertson User ID: 5457763 41333
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"This really is a terrific recipe. It was pretty easy to make. The only change I would make would be to scale up the filling to 1 1/2 or 2 times the original. The more filling, the better is my opinion. These turned out quite tasty indeed."

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