Mom’s Coffee Ring

Rich and tasty!  To be enjoyed on special occasions! Is this healthy? No not a bit, except for the walnuts which are very good for you!


½ cup butter plus 1/3 cup, at room temperature

2/3 cup milk

1 packet yeast

1/3 cup sugar

3 eggs, well-beaten

3 1/3 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

 Frosting ingredients:

½ cup butter, room temperature

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

6 TB. Milk

1 TB. Vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts.


  • In medium size saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup butter in milk.  Set aside until lukewarm (not too hot, not too cool.)
  • Transfer milk mixture to large mixing bowl, add yeast and sugar and 1 cup of sifted flour.  Add eggs, then the remaining flour.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in warm area to rise for 1 ½ hours)
  • On floured board or parchment paper, roll out dough into rectangle about 18 inches by 12 inches.
  • Spread 1/3 cup butter onto dough evenly, top with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Roll dough up from long end, so you have a 18 inch rolled log.  Create a ring by attaching ends of roll-wet your fingers with water if necessary to attach.
  • Place on cookie sheet carefully, and using kitchen scissors cut into ring about every 3 inches exposing rolled layers of sugar.
  • Let rise again about 1 hour.
  • Bake in 350 degree over for 15-20 minutes.

When coffee ring has reached room temperature, Make buttercream frosting. Cream butter, sugar, milk and vanilla with electric beaters until you have creamy frosting.  Frost ring and garnish with walnuts.

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