Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins

My mom got the recipe for these from my great aunt Grethel. She always makes them for Christmas and New Year's breakfast but they are good all year round.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Dough

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 (1/4 ounce) packets yeast (approximately 4 1/2 to 5 tsp.)
  • 78 cup lukewarm milk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Filling

  • 12 cup butter
  • 1 12 lbs ground nutmeats (we use walnuts, approximately 6 cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 34 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Icing

  • 13 cup butter (optional)
  • 3 12-4 cups confectioners' sugar (optional)
  • 1 egg yolk (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons milk (optional)
  • 1 12 teaspoons vanilla (optional)


  1. Dough: Dissolve yeast in milk with sugar. Add butter, salt, and egg yolks.
  2. Stirring to mix. Add 2 cups flour and mix well, add remaining flour. Knead 5 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 3-4 parts, cover and let rise while preparing filling.
  4. Filling: Heat all ingredients in a sauce pan until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Roll out each portion of dough to an 1/8 inch thickness in a rectangle shape. Spread an equal amount of filling on each portion on dough. Roll up jelly roll fashion and let raise 15-20 minutes.
  6. Brush with egg whites before baking. (I accidentally forgot to do this one year and have decided we like it better without the egg wash.) Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  7. Once cool, top with icing, if desired.
  8. Icing: Cream butter and egg yolk. Then add confectioner's sugar a cup at a time beating on medium speed. Add vanilla and milk 1 Tbls. at a time and beat on high until fluffy.


Most Helpful

This is a great recipe! I made this before and I'm going to make it again today! I passed this recipe on to all my friends to try. If I could give it 10 stars, I would! I wouldn't change a thing. Joe

Caribbean joe November 13, 2009

We had these for breakfast this morning, but they would be good anytime believe me! Made exactly per the recipe and we really enjoyed them. Thanks for posting them Marg!

KitchenWitchWay February 06, 2008

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