Sweet Christmas Canes
Total TimePrep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
- 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Confectioners' sugar icing, optional
- In a saucepan, combine all filling ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
- Meanwhile, for dough, scald milk and cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in water; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Cut in butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add milk, yeast mixture and eggs. Combine to form a soft dough. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Divide dough in half. On a well-floured surface, roll out each half of the dough into an 18x15-in. rectangle. Divide the filling and spread on each rectangle. Fold each rectangle into thirds, starting with the 15-in. side. The dough will now measure 15x6 in.
- Cut each piece into 15 short strips. Twist each strip and shape into a candy cane. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Frost with a confectioners' sugar icing if desired.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 175 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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Dec 17, 2015
I have been searching for this recipe that I found on a card in a magazine even earlier than 1991. There were 4 fillings that could be used, one was apple and cinnamon and my adult kids still want this with the apple filling. i make 4 or 5 batches every Christmas, and will be making them with my teenage granddaughter Christmas eve. Wish you had the other recipes for fillings. i think it was sponsored by Planters. So glad to see it in print.
Jul 30, 2013
My family loved them.
Oct 4, 2011
I have been making these with my mom for 30+ years. We've been using the same photocopied magazine ad recipe all these years! So glad to see it in print!These are great for quick breakfasts throughout the year. We freeze them in baggies in packs of 3. They microwave wonderfully.I would definitely recommend making these!