Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists

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.

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.

Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists

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?

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.

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.

Homemade Cinnamon Twist Dough

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.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Filling

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. 🙂

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.

How to Make Cinnamon Twists

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.

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.

Homemade Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists with fork
Homemade Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists with fork

Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists

5 from 1 vote
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.
Servings 18
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water about 110 degrees, not hot to touch
  • 3/4 cup warm milk about 110 degrees, not hot to touch
  • 1/4 cup 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Allow the yeast to actiivate by letting it sit for 3-5 minutes. The yeast should get frothy. Add the warm milk and butter. Add in the egg, maple flavoring, salt and sugar. Mix well. Mix in the flour. Using the dough hook attachment, beat the dough on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. The dough will be sticky. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until almost double.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one part of the dough into a circle that is about 14-16 inches in diameter. Put the circle in a round pizza pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the filling. Spread the filling onto the rolled out dough.
  • Roll out the second dough piece into a circle the same size as the first. Place this circle on top of the filling. Use a pizza cutter to make slices towards the center, leaving about 3 inches in the center of the circle unsliced. Continue to cut slices all the way around the circle, making about 18 slices. Twist each slice two times, being careful not to let the dough break apart in the center.
  • Cover the cinnamon twists with plastic wrap and allow them to rise for about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until golden brown.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Add enough milk to make the glaze able to be drizzled. Drizzle the glaze over top the cinnamon twists.

Notes

You can use walnuts, pecans, or whatever type of nuts you'd like.
The calories shown are based on the twists being cut into 18 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 twist. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 63mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Author Lizzy T
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 222

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.

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
7 years ago

5 stars
We eat with our eyes first, they say and right now, my eyes are full but my belly is screaming no fair! 🙂

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
7 years ago

These twists are right up my alley! Perfect for breakfast or any time!

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
7 years ago

These are so pretty and I can only imagine how delicious they must be!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
7 years ago

Oh my goodness!! My family would flip for this!!

Lisa @ Cooking with Curls
7 years ago

Now that’s my kind of breakfast!! I don’t know how impressed my friends would be, if I kept all of these yummy twists for myself, lol They look quite delicious. 🙂

plasterer bristol
6 years ago

These are my absloute favorite of all time. Would love to be able to make them myself.. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Simon