November 23, 2014

Christmas Almond Roll {Favorite Family Recipes Virtual Swap}

This year I am joining the 2nd Favorite Family Recipe Virtual Recipe Swap co-hosted by one of my Fitbloggin' roommates from this past year, Susan of The Foodette.  I love holiday recipes and especially love trying recipes that are holiday traditions for other people.  

I received a lovely holiday family favorite from Susan at Love from the Kitchen.  She said they have this Almond Roll Christmas morning, but it's made with a sweet roll dough so I think it could also be great as a dessert. Her mom and her both customize it different ways-she tops with almonds and her mom tops with red and green candied maraschino cherries. I decided to top with some festive silver and green sprinkles! 

Christmas Almond Roll

  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 can Solo almond filling
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds 

* Any sweet roll dough can be used - or substitute a frozen sweet dough!* Solo almond filling is what makes this dish special. I couldn't find it, so I used this recipe as a substitute, based on Susan's recommendation. 

1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start. 
(If using a pre-made sweet dough like I did, skip to Step 3! )

2. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. 

3. Roll dough into a 16x21-inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and then spread the almond filling onto the dough (depending on how much filling you like, use more or less of the can of filling). 

4. Roll up dough and pinch the edge to close.  Place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet, seam side down and curl into a semi-circle.  Carefully make shallow cuts across the top of the roll, approximately every 2 - 3 inches.

5. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.   Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly beat the egg and sugar in a small bowl.  Brush with beaten egg mixture and sprinkle with sliced almonds.

6. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. 

Recipe by Susan Zentmyer

I don't have a bread maker so it was even easier for me to use some frozen sweet dough and get this recipe prepped. It would be great to bring to parties or for a big family holiday brunch-it looks decorative and tastes great! The sweet dough plus the filling wasn't as super-sweet as I expected and was really delicious!

Be sure to check out all 12 recipes  from 12 different bloggers linked up from the 2nd Favorite Family Recipe Virtual Recipe Swap on Susan's blog, The Foodette or Doree's blog, Top Notch Mom

This post was linked up to the Tasty Tuesday linkup on 11/25/2014. 


  1. I have never heard of tgis. Looks very yummy! Perfect for the holidays coming up. -L