Your friends will rave about these. They’re great for a special treat with a fresh cup of coffee along side. Makes 2 Dozen.
6 Cups All purpose flour
½ Cup Sugar
2 packages of rapid rising yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 Cup milk
½ Cup Water
2/3 Cup butter
2/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
2/3 Cup Dates (Optional)
2/3 Cup Walnuts (Optional)
1/2 Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar and 1 Tbsp Milk
In a large bowl, combine 1½ cups of the flour with the sugar, yeast packages, and salt. Whisk dry ingredients evenly. In a pan, heat together milk, water, and ¼ cup of the butter until warm (105 ~ 115 degrees). Gradually add this mixture to the dry ingredients and using electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and ½ cup of flour and beat 2 more minutes on high speed. With a spoon, continue to stir in enough flour to make the flour soft enough to knead by hand. Next, you’ll place the dough on a floured surface and knead for approximately 6 minutes until dough has a smooth consistency. Cover with a clean dry towel and let rest for 10 minutes. Punch down the dough roll out to a 24×12 rectangle.
Melt the remaining butter and brush on dough. Sprinkle the dates and/or walnuts to the dough. Next sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon. Fold the rectangle in half length wise and cut into 24 strips. Twist each stripe once and lay on a large greased baking sheet.
Heat oven to 375 and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a wire rack and prepare powdered sugar frosting by sifting the powdered sugar and slowly adding milk until frosting is smooth and thick. With a fork, drizzle frosting diagonally across each cooled cinnamon twist.
Let frosting set before serving and enjoy!