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Swedish Cardamom Rolls Recipe

Swedish Cardamom Rolls Recipe

Raisins, walnuts, orange peel and cardamom give these golden, tender sweet rolls real holiday appeal. Guests are often surprised to learn they're homemade!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min. YIELD:36 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounces each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Additional raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, shortening, eggs, orange peel, cardamom, salt and 3-1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in raisins, walnuts and 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; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 12-in.x 10-in. rectangle. Divide in half to form two 12-in. x 5-in. rectangles. Cut each into twelve 5-in. x 1-in. strips; roll strips into 6-in. ropes. To shape rolls, place two ropes on a greased baking sheet to form an X. Coil each end toward the center. Press a raisin into the center of each coil. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 154 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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