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Austrian Apple Twists

This recipe has been one of my favorites for years. I like to make these sweet treats for special occasions because everyone enjoys them. —Kathy Bless, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    64 twists


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Finely chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, combine the yeast and flour; add butter and mix well. Add egg yolks and sour cream; mix well. Shape into four balls. Place in separate resealable plastic bags or wrap in plastic; refrigerate overnight.
  • Combine sugar, pecans and cinnamon; set aside. On a floured surface, roll each ball of dough into a 9-in. circle. Sprinkle with sugar mixture and apple. Cut each circle into 16 wedges; roll up from wide edge and pinch to seal. Place with point side down on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool. For icing, combine sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth; drizzle over the twists. Sprinkle with pecans.
Editor's Note: The yeast does not need to be dissolved in liquid, and no rising time is necessary before baking.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 78 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • mrkcook
    Mar 1, 2021

    I was very pleased with these!! I cut mine into 8ths. This was my first time to make them but I look forward to making them again. I would like to try slicing the apples (instead of dicing) and just placing an apple slice on the dough and then rolling. I am hoping that will give more apple flavor? They are truly delicious (and addictive)!! I did use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (instead of 3/4 t) and I think I would maybe increase that a little more still -- I love cinnamon!!

  • Suki
    May 31, 2018

    These are absolutely scrumptious - a co-worker advised they would pay me to make these for them - and so easy to make.I would give more than five stars if I could.

  • Lisa
    Mar 5, 2018

    The dough is extremely delicious and so easy to work with! The family thoroughly enjoyed them!!

  • momof29
    Feb 12, 2012

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  • bringpeace
    Apr 8, 2010

    I have to say that the smaller size works well too and is worth the effort. Sometimes I make pop-in-your-mouth size cookies on my cookie trays and the smaller size is perfect. I also recommend using a pizza cutting wheel when dividing your dough into either 16ths  or 12ths. If the dough sticks to the wheel as you are cutting it, just gently press the dough down as it is being cut.

  • bringpeace
    Apr 8, 2010

    This is one of my favorite recipes. I make cookie trays with assortments of various favorite cookies for gatherings for family or friends. This one is a hit every single time.These twists also freeze well and need only a few minutes to thaw. You have to try them.

  • issalyn
    Jan 2, 2010

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  • angelasandoval
    Nov 14, 2009

    These are awesome! I did find it easier to cut the dough (leaving laying in circle) before sprinkling on the sugar/nut mix & apples. And I found 16ths were a little too fidgety, but 12ths were easier to work with and still gave you dainty little pastries.

  • Losinski
    Oct 24, 2008

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  • Barbara Erdmann
    Nov 1, 2006

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