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Golden Danish Twists

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours + rising Bake: 15 min.


3 dozen

These beautiful rolls boast a rich filling, crunchy almonds and a sweet, lemony icing. My family loves them for breakfast on Christmas morning after opening presents.
Golden Danish Twists Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ICING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, butter, salt, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough 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 and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in cream, lemon zest and vanilla.
  4. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Roll one portion into an 18x12-in. rectangle. Spread half of the filling lengthwise down half of the dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Fold dough over filling; seal edges. Cut into eighteen 1-in. strips. Twist and loosely coil each strip. Tuck end under; pinch to seal.
  5. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake twists until golden brown, 15 minutes. Remove to wire racks.
  7. For icing, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Stir in lemon juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and lemon zest until blended. Drizzle over warm twists. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 roll: 223 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 261mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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