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Swedish Cardamom Rolls

Raisins, walnuts, orange peel and cardamom give these golden, tender sweet rolls real holiday appeal. Guests are often surprised to learn they're homemade!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounces each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Additional raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, eggs, orange zest, cardamom, salt and 3-1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in raisins, walnuts and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 12x10-in. rectangle.
  • Cut in half to form two 12x5-in. rectangles. Cut each into twelve 5x1-in. strips; roll strips into 6-in. ropes.
  • To shape rolls, place two ropes on a greased baking sheet to form an X. Coil each end toward the center. Press a raisin into the center of each coil. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
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