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Golden Danish Twists Recipe

Golden Danish Twists Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:36 servings


  • 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 eggs
  • 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 peel
  • 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 peel
  • 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 with plastic wrap 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 peel 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 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. 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 peel until blended. Drizzle over warm twists. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional 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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Kathy2rdh User ID: 7696637 107991
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Big hit at brunch! Recipe makes more than it says - would cut it in 1/2 for sure and still make 25 of them."

crumej User ID: 3845302 107990
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"A must have recipe for the holiday. I added 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the recipe."

snogle81 User ID: 6298091 142622
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"Great recipe for a wonderfully delicious treat!! Breads usually don't turn out too well for me, but these rolls are perfect! I cut the ingredients in half since this recipe makes more than enough for my household of two. Also, my husband and I are not huge fans of lemon, so I tweaked the icing recipe to better suit our tastes. (I replaced the lemon juice with milk and added a little vanilla for flavoring). This recipe is definitely a keeper!!"

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