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Breakfast Danish Crisps

This treasured recipe has been in the family for nearly 50 years. The tender, flaky treats make holiday breakfasts even more special.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, lemon zest, salt, mace, eggs and 2 cups flour; beat well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4 in. thick. Spread with 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar. Fold in half lengthwise; roll to 1/4-in. thickness. Spread with 2 tablespoons butter; sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar.
  • Fold in half widthwise; roll to an 18x10-in. rectangle. Spread with remaining butter. Combine the cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle half over dough to within 1/4 in. of edges. Roll up tightly, starting with a short side; pinch to seal. Cut into 1/2-in. slices.
  • Place on greased baking sheets (four to six slices per sheet). Cover with waxed paper and flatten with palm of hand. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar. Let stand in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes. Immediately remove from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 crisp: 322 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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