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Maple Butter Twists

My stepmother passed on the recipe for this delicious yeast coffee cake that's shaped into pretty rings. When I make it for friends, they always ask for seconds. —June Gilliland, Hope, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 coffee cakes (16 slices each)


  • 3-1/4 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons whole milk


  • In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 5-7 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 70 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the first 7 filling ingredients; beat for 2 minutes. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half; roll each into a 16x8-in. rectangle. Spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with nuts. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side.
  • With a sharp knife, cut each roll in half lengthwise. Open halves so cut side is up; gently twist ropes together. Transfer to 2 greased 9-in. round baking pans. Coil into a circle. Tuck ends under; pinch to seal. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Combine the confectioners' sugar, maple flavoring and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over warm cakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 119 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Josette
    Feb 27, 2020

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  • tcavman15
    Jan 23, 2020

    This bread has wonderful flavor. The next time I make this, I'll make one long rope into one large wreath, like the cherry almond braid I make for Christmas. I'll bake it on a parchment-lined pizza pan or baking sheet. Some of the filling leaks out while baking. That can't be helped. It made a very yummy caramel to nibble on while we were waiting for the bread to cool. On the downside though, it made it difficult to pry the bread out of the pans, hence the recommendation of a flat baking sheet. See the Cherry Almond Wreath on this same website. It has the same assembly directions. I think even if the ends come unfastened, a larger circle allows you to still get that twisted rope appearance.

  • Jenny TePoel
    Nov 5, 2019

    Excellent! I use dough setting on bread machine because you can:) Making for the second time today. Reminds me of the Sarah lee coffee cakes I remember from years ago..but better.

  • Adelamer
    Mar 20, 2019

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  • Virginia
    Dec 16, 2018

    I used my stand mixer for the dough and it worked great! I didn’t have maple flavoring so I used only maple syrup and it worked well. These are amazing and I’ll definitely be making them again!!

  • ratstuff
    Jan 13, 2018

    These were simple to make and very good. The recipe directions are a little messed up...but that’s ok! I have a joint disorder and can no longer knead my doughs-no problem as I tossed this all in my bread maker as the mfg. directed and it came out perfect! (Just on the dough setting of course and finished as directed once the rise cycle was complete). I used pecans instead of walnuts. I prefer these without the icing-but I prefer everything without icing. Give them a try!

  • deckerroad
    Nov 20, 2016

    These are amazing! I took one to my ladies meeting at church and it was a big hit. I forgot to put the nuts in, and it was still yummy. I plan to make more to have around for breakfast Thanksgiving weekend when my family is home. I'll try it with the nuts this time.

  • srotbart
    Aug 27, 2012

    Made this yesterday while I was stuck in my home during Tropical Storm Isaac. It was delish. I thought it couldn't get better until I made a similar maple twist without icing, also from Taste of Home, and accidentally let the final rise go for an extra half hour. It got incredibly big, light and fluffy. Next time I will let this bread rise the extra half hour and I am sure it will be just as good.

  • minerva_baker
    Jul 31, 2011

    Delicious recipe and freezes wonderfully (after baking and w/o icing). Won Best of Show with a twist I froze and reheated in oven.

  • tamigray
    Apr 16, 2010

    I received this recipe years ago, and I make it whenever I can. It is delicious every time. We eat both twists within a couple of hours.