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Sweet Nutcracker Braid

Updated on November 5, 2013

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 8 Servings
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  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • Glaze
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl, combine 2/3 cup pecans, dates, raisins, sugar and cinnamon; mix well.
  2. Unfold puff pastry; place on sprayed cookie sheet. Roll to form 14x10-inch rectangle. Spread preserves in 4-inch-wide strip lengthwise down center of pastry. Sprinkle fruit and nut mixture over preserves.
  3. With scissors or sharp knife, make cuts 1 inch apart on long sides of pastry to within 1/2 inch of filling. Fold strips at an angle across filling mixture, overlapping ends and alternating from side to side.
  4. Bake at 375°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; place on serving platter. Cool 15 minutes.
  5. In small bowl, blend powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled braid. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans.


Puff pastry is made with many thin, alternating layers of dough and butter. As the pastry bakes, the moisture in the butter produces steam, which separates the dough into tender, flaky layers. Puff pastry, or pâte feuilletée, is one of the three basic doughs in French pastry-making. The other two are pâte brisée, (short pastry, as for pie dough) and pâte à choux (cream puff pastry)

Bake and cool this braid; do not glaze it. Wrap the cooled braid tightly in plastic wrap, seal it in a food storage plastic freezer bag and freeze it for up to four days. To serve, unwrap and thaw it at room temperature before glazing it.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Serving
Calories 410
Calories from Fat198
% Daily Value *
Fat 22 g34%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 50 g17%
Sugar 30 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 85 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Daily Value*:Exchanges:1 Starch;2 1/2 Fruit;3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;4 Fat


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    • ladybugJudy profile image

      Judy 4 years ago from Texas

      You are very welcome! I hope you enjoy it.

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks spectacular! I love nuts and dried fruit. I don't usually have puff pastry, but it would be an easy thing to buy! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • ladybugJudy profile image

      Judy 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you both! I hope you enjoy this wonderful recipe!

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      This recipe looks delicious!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      After looking at the beautiful picture and going through the list of ingredients, I can imagine this is a delicious sweet nutcracker braid (and I love the name too!). I would love to make it one of these days :)