Fruit- and Almond-Filled Cinnamon Rolls with Amaretto Icing

Prep Time:
45 mins
Rise Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
20 rolls


  • 1 cup snipped dried apricots

  • 1 cup snipped dried sweet cherries

  • ¼ cup Kirsch, other cherry brandy, or apple juice

  • ¼ cup amaretto, other almond liqueur, or apple juice

  • ¾ cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 4 ½ cup bread flour

  • cup buttermilk

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 recipe Frangipane

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 recipe Amaretto Icing

  • Sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

Amaretto Icing

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon amaretto

  • 2 tablespoon milk


  • 1 8 ounce can almond paste

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 3 tablespoon sugar

  • teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 tablespoon flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. In a small bowl combine apricots, cherries, Kirsch, and amaretto. Cover tightly and chill overnight. Or in a small saucepan combine Kirsch and amaretto. Carefully heat over medium-low heat just until warm.* Stir in apricots and cherries; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 20 minutes.

  2. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup of the warm water and the yeast; let stand about 10 minutes or until foamy.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup warm water, 2 cups of the flour, the buttermilk, eggs, sugar, melted butter, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Beat in yeast mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 1/2 hours).

  5. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each dough half into a 15x12-inch rectangle. Spread Frangipane over dough, leaving about 1 inch unfilled along one of the long sides. Spread fruit mixture over Frangipane. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up each rectangle, starting from the filled long side; pinch dough to seal seam.

  6. Cut each rolled rectangle into 10 slices. Arrange in the prepared baking pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 45 minutes).

  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes; remove from pan. Spread with Amaretto Icing. If desired, sprinkle with almonds.

Amaretto Icing

  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat softened butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.

  2. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, amaretto, and milk (or use 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract instead of the amaretto and milk) until smooth. Makes 2 cups.


  1. Crumble almond paste into a medium mixing bowl. Add softened butter, sugar, and almond extract. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Beat in flour and salt. Makes 2 cups.


If alcohol ignites, cover pan with the lid and remove from heat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

484 Calories
14g Fat
82g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 484
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 205mg 4%
Folate, total 84.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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