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Pecan-Filled Coffee Rings

This old recipe was handed down to me by my great-grandmother. The easy-to-handle sweet dough produces two tempting rings that look lovely drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 rings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups ground pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

  • In a bowl, dissolve yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar in warm milk; let stand for 5 minutes. In a bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar. Beat in the egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Add yeast mixture and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 16-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Combine filling ingredients; spread over dough to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
  • Place seam side down on greased baking sheets; pinch ends together to form a ring. With kitchen scissors, cut from the outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly and twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool for 20 minutes. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm rings.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 195 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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