Easy caramel-pecan cinnamon twists retro recipe from the 1950s

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Step back in time to 1959 with a delightful twist on a classic treat — the caramel pecan cinnamon twist recipe promoted by the then-new Mrs. America.

This vintage delight combines the cozy warmth of cinnamon rolls with the rich, nutty crunch of pecans, all wrapped in a gooey caramel embrace (we recommend perhaps a little more caramel than the recipe calls for!).

This recipe is perfect for a neighborly coffee break or a sweet start to your morning — bringing the nostalgic charm of the past right to your kitchen table.

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Coffee breakers: caramel-pecan cinnamon twists

Mrs. America’s quick new way to be neighborly — caramelpecan “Coffee Breakers”! They’re like cinnamon rolls, with a twist.

“You just add Fleischmann’s Yeast to Bisquick,” says Mrs. L. Clarke Priebe, of Des Moines, the new Mrs America. “And whip up these crunchy, caramelly Coffee Breakers for your next neighborly get-together.”

Caramel-pecan cinnamon twist coffee breakers

Vintage recipe for cinnamon twists with caramel and pecans at ClickAmericana com (2)

Caramel-pecan cinnamon twists

Yield: 12 twists
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup warm, not hot, water
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 2-1/2 cups Bisquick
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In saucepan, melt margarine or butter; stir in sugar and syrup, bring to rolling boil.
  2. Spread in large oblong pan.
  3. Sprinkle with pecans.
  4. Dissolve yeast in warm water in mixing bowl.
  5. Mix in Bisquick and beat vigorously.
  6. Turn dough onto board dusted with Bisquick.
  7. Knead until smooth, about 20 times.
  8. Roll out into 12-inch square.
  9. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted margarine or butter.
  10. Sprinkle center third with one-half the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  11. Fold one-third over the center third.
  12. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and cinnamon.
  13. Fold remaining third over the two layers.
  14. Cut with sharp knife crosswise into strips about 1-inch wide.
  15. Take hold of each end of strip and twist.
  16. Seal ends firmly.
  17. Place in pan about 1-1/2-inches apart.
  18. Cover.
  19. Let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  20. Bake at 400 (F) for about 20 minutes. Invert pan immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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