Impress your friends with these Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists. Sweet dough is filled with a brown sugar, cinnamon-nut spread and drizzled with maple glaze.
I’m going to be honest. I’m so excited about these Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists that I’m sharing with you today. Why, you ask?
Simply because they are pretty. Isn’t food so much more fun to eat when it looks pretty? And when the food is filled with butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, nuts and drizzled with a maple glaze it’s pretty much the crème de la crème.
With the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays coming up, you may be serving guests at your home more often than usual or you may want to give a friend, neighbor or hostess a special homemade gift. Wouldn’t this swirling burst of cinnamon and maple make a significant impression and awesome presentation?
Don’t let these cinnamon twists fool you. Although it takes time for the homemade dough to rise, they’re really quite effortless to make.
You’re going to start with a sweet dough made with white flour. We used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour for this dough. It’s a quality, high protein flour that is the same as flours used by professional bakers. It produces breads with an excellent texture and makes baked goods light and airy. Trust me. The people at Bob’s Red Mill know their stuff.
The other thing that is unique about this yeast dough is that it is flavored with maple flavoring. Some of you may have bread recipes that call for maple flavoring, but this was our first time using maple flavoring in in a dough. Quite genius, if I may say so myself.
The mouthwatering filling is a thick mixture of butter, brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon. We used walnuts, but pecans would be a good add-in, too. This filling reminds me of a cinnamon roll, my favorite breakfast treat. It also reminds me of nut rolls, which is a tradition to have at Christmas in our family. Stay tuned for the nut roll recipe. I’m hoping to perfect it this Christmas season. 🙂
Once you get the dough rolled and the nut filling spread between the two layers, you’ll use a pizza cutter to make slices towards the middle of the circle. Don’t cut all the way through. You’ll leave about a 2-3 inch circle in the middle of the circle that isn’t cut. Make anywhere from 14-18 slices. The exact number depends on how big you’d like your slices and how large your pizza pan is. My pan is 16″ and I made about 18 slices.
Give each slice two twists, being careful not to tear the thin dough towards the center. Let the dough rise for about 20 minutes, then bake your cinnamon twists until they are golden brown which will take about 14-16 minutes. Top it all off with a simple maple glaze for a mouthwatering finish to these gorgeous, homemade Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists.