Maple Twists

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 22, 2011

Maple Twist

I stepped out of my comfort zone this month. I joined a club. While it may seem very high school of me, haha, this is a secret club. Okay, it’s not secret, apparantly hundreds of bloggers know about this club, and over 150 bloggers are members. It’s the Secret Recipe Club. Each month a blogger is assigned another bloggers site, and just like a Secret Santa, you can’t tell who you have. But, you pick a recipe from their site and make it, and of course share about it. Thanks to Amanda for creating the Secret Recipe Club!

Maple Twist

I was very nervous. What if the site I received didn’t have food I like? Ha! As if. I like pretty much everything. I’m more nervous to find out who had me, and whether they liked me or not. (yes, again very high school).

Let me tell you though, I am in love. I was assigned Fake Ginger, written by Amanda. I have spent every day this month pouring over her recipes. I love so many. I’ve already made her Birthday Cake Ice Cream, which is delish! I’ve also bookmarked her Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti as something to bake real soon! But, the recipe I chose I was immediately attracted to. I’m talking love at first sight. Maple Twists.

These are amazing. I did change up the recipe, very slightly, as I know my kids don’t like nuts in most food. I omitted the pecans, much to my own dismay. I’m sure they would have made these even better! As would some crispy bacon sprinkled on the warm glaze. Yeah, I’m obsessed!

I wanted to give you all a few photos of how I made it along the way. Because in this recipe, sometimes a visual helps!


Maple Twists

by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 18-22 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast bread maple cinnamon
Ingredients (serves 16)

For the Dough:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pkg (o.25oz each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 egg

For the Streusel:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan on low until very warm. Blend it (in stand mixer) with 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, yeast, maple flavoring and egg. Beat this on low for 1-2 minutes. Add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Attach dough hook and knead into a soft dough. It will become smooth and elastic in about 2-3 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise for 45 minutes (or till at least double in size).
While the dough rises, mix all streusel ingredients.
After the dough rises, divide it into 2 pieces. Roll each piece into a 12″ circle. Place the first circle on a buttered baking sheet. Top the first circle with 1/2 of the streusel mixture and spread it around as thin as you can get it (repeat with 2nd circle). These became very thick once baked. You could EASILY take the second circle and instead of putting it on top of the first, you could make a second batch of twists. I will do this next time!

Find something that is 2 inch across and center it on the circles (press down a little to make a mark; I used my 1/4 cup measuring cup). Using a pizza cutter, cut from the outer edge into the cup mark, making 16 wedges.

Gently lift and twist each section 5 times. Tuck the end in just a little so that it stays twisted. You can see I forgot to put the second half of the streusel on my dough. So after I twisted, I brushed the rest of the streusel onto the twists. It worked out just fine!

Lightly cover this with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 45 minutes to an hour. Bake in a 375 oven for 18-22 minutes (mine took the 18 minutes). Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Whisk all glaze ingredients together. Drizzle glaze over warm twists.
Eat and enjoy!
Then go grab a cup of coffee, another twist, and eat some more! I froze half of the twists in a ziploc freezer bag. Then when we want to eat one, we remove it, microwave for 30 seconds, and enjoy a hot fresh twist! Otherwise, I would totally have eaten all of them immediately! Thanks Amanda for an awesome recipe. This is a keeper for sure! I’m honored that I was able to choose one of your recipes!
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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan August 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I am so *not* a baker, and I find it fascinating how that dessert was put together with the twisting. Very cool. And it looks so tasty too!


Pam August 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm

These sound so good. Maple is my favorite flavor. Wanting to make these very soon. Quick question: How much flour do you add at the beginning (with the milk and butter)? It later says, add the rest of the flour. Thanks for your help.


Aimee August 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Pam, thanks for catching that! All fixed (it was 1 cup).


Barefeet In The Kitchen August 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

These twists sound delicious! (I would have missed the pecans too.)


Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos August 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Yum! Aimee, this look and sound wonderful. I’m sure they would be gone in a flash at my house!


amanda @ fake ginger August 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Yay, I’m so glad you liked it! They look awesome! And you’ve reminded me that I need to make them again.


Lisa~~ August 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Welcome to the SRC, it’s so fun! Your twists look delicious. If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cook Lisa Cook


Erin August 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

These look so dang good! I wish I had some now! Great choice!!!


Vivian - Let's Try These... August 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

These would taste great with my coffee right now!


Desi August 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Oh yum! I love Fake Ginger’s blog too. You sure did pick a winner with this recipe. Welcome to the club! :)


AndiWinslow August 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

The prep for putting it together got me. Love it. nice pictures. andi


Kristen August 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I love how these are formed. I am definitely going to have to try out that technique of leaving a center and twisting the “spokes” of the wheel. It makes a great presentation.


Michael Ann August 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Oooo, these look great! I might have to go join this secret recipe club. Sounds fun!


Noelle August 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

YUM! Those look like so much fun to make!


Melissa August 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

These look so fun! And they sound delicious :)


Heather August 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Welcome to the SRC! Oh they look delish!

Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair


Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart August 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Aimee, these look great! Makes me wish I lived closer and I could just jog over for a little chat and enjoy one of these little gems!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy August 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Oh, I know my kids would LOVE these! They look delicious, thanks!


betchacanteatjustone August 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

LOL I can relate to the high school feeling…OMG did someone actually post about MY recipe? what if they didn’t like it, maybe I don’t really fit in! IT’s kind of comforting to know that others share the same silly insecurities!

Thanks for sharing great photos, I love the meathod used to make these and will def try these soon!



Grace August 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Oh my goodness, these look so pretty and sound heavenly! Anything with maple flavor has got to be good. Great choice, what lovely pictures!


BigFatBaker August 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

YUM! These look awesome for a breakfast pitch in or brunch. I would love a big cup of coffee or sweet tea to pair with one of your twists. Thanks for sharing!


carolinaheartstrings August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Wow does this recipe look fantastic. Great pictures. Congrats on winning the Fairy Hobmother wish. It sure is fun to go to Amazon and shop!


Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING August 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

What a FUN thing to make! It looks amazing!

Thanks again for being a part of SRC and thanks so much for the mention of MOMS CRAZY COOKING! I just now finished linky everyone and organizing and now I get to visit everyone’s blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

Come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad


Holly August 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Mmmm these sound so good Aimee!


Bizzy B. Bakes August 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I would love to get up in the morning and greet one of these with my coffee.


Peggy August 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

oh my these look like the sweetest of treats! Great pick for the SRC =)


Laura August 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Those look totally decadent!


Louisa [Living Lou] August 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Mmmm! These maple twists sound so yummy. Maple is definitely one of my favourite flavours.


Jennifer August 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

YUM! These look delicious…you did a great job! I’m having fun sharing great recipes like this in SRC!


Nicole @ the Daily Dish August 23, 2011 at 12:56 am

Oh my wow… these not only look fun but delicious too. Filing away to try!! Yum!!


Glenda August 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

Love discovering new yeast dough recipes! Great job!


Julie August 23, 2011 at 2:32 am

These look delicious. SRC is so fun!


Sanjeeta kk August 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

This is real wonderful and fun recipe! Glad to be in SRC with you.


Shelby August 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

These would definitely grab my attention first too! Looks yum!


Melissa @IWasBornToCook August 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

These look delicious…nice choice!


Pretend Chef August 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm

What a great recipe pick for the Secret Recipe Club. Yummy!


Lady Behind The Curtain August 24, 2011 at 12:33 am

YUM! What a GREAT recipe! Cast Party Wednesday starts tonight at 12:00 midnight. I would love it if you came over tomorrow and shared some recipes with us.
I hope to see you there!


laurie August 24, 2011 at 12:51 am

Oh these look wonderful!


Abby August 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

Those look amazing! You picked a great recipe.


Amy August 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Neat! Love the method for making them twisty — I’ve never seen that before!


Jenn Erickson August 30, 2011 at 5:55 am

The Secret Recipe Club sounds like such a wonderful way to meet other people with a talent for cooking & baking, and to discover new recipes & ideas!

I love the clever way these maple twists are formed!

Thank you so much for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…”! I know I can always count on something uber scrumptious from Shugary Sweets!

Reply September 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Oh these look so good, I want to try them out. You have so many wonderful recipes to choose from here too.


marla September 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

These maple twists sounds amazing!
Stopping by from group C. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my link for August, would love if you stopped by to say *hi*


Kristen September 27, 2011 at 3:41 am

These might just be too easy… I think I need to make them right away! They look delicious.


sally @ sallys baking addiction October 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Aimee, I’m dying. I love love love maple twists! These are so cute. I would feel fancy eating one with my morning coffee hehe.


Amanda February 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

These definitely look amazing. I think I am in love too!
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Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

These look SO good! Maple donuts are my favorite. And okay, these aren’t donuts. But they’re kind of donut-y, right? ;)
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Doe September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I was happy to see this post. I just discovered you a short while ago, much to my enjoyment. About 30 years ago, I had a 4-H Cookbook that had a recipe called Maple-walnut honey twist Coffeecake. You used 2 pizza pans. I have scoured the internet for similar recipes. Except for this making one, this is I swear the one! Imagine my excitement. So I will be doing this on the coming weekend. I love baking in the fall, apples, cinnamon, maple flavors and smells in my kitchen. After a long hot summer, I miss my kitchen,lol. Thank you for the many coming hours of happiness we’ll be spending in my kitchen together.


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