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Dried Cherry-Walnut Sweet Rolls

Yield Makes about 2 dozen
For variations of this recipe (Apricot-Orange Sweet Rolls and Pecan-Golden Raisin Sweet Rolls), see below.

Ingredients

  • 1 (25-ounce) package frozen roll dough, thawed according to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (3-ounce) package dried cherries, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 200°.

  2. Place dough balls in 2 greased 9-inch round cakepans. Turn off oven. Cover dough balls with plastic wrap; let rise in oven 25 to 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Remove from oven. Remove and discard plastic wrap.

  3. Stir together walnuts and next 4 ingredients. Sprinkle mixture evenly over dough in pans.

  4. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

  5. Stir together powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons hot water. Drizzle evenly over rolls.

  6. Pecan-Golden Raisin Sweet Rolls: Omit walnuts, cherries, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Replace with 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, 1/2 cup golden raisins,1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice, stirring together with melted butter. Proceed as directed.

  7. Apricot-Orange Sweet Rolls: Omit walnuts, cherries, 1 tablespoon sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Replace with 1 (6-ounce) package dried apricots, chopped, and 1 tablespoon grated orange rind, stirring together with melted butter. Proceed as directed. Omit hot water, and replace with 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice, stirring together with powdered sugar. Proceed as directed.

  8. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Rich's Enriched Homestyle Roll Dough.