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Festive Holiday Chestnut Roll Wreath + Video | #BreadBakers

December 13, 2016

This festive and fun chestnut roll wreath is a great seasonal twist on classic flavors.  Perfect for Christmas morning, this holiday treat will soon be a new family favorite!

My family does Christmas a little unusually.  Christmas was the first holiday my husband and I ever spent together, so it’s always just together.  We don’t go visit family, we don’t do a feast, and we don’t make a big deal about it.  We do however have two food traditions.  One is to make homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  The other is to graze on epic cheesy fondue during the afternoon.  Today’s chestnut roll wreath is my new favorite way to do Christmas morning cinnamon rolls.  It has a more seasonal flavor, and who can resist food made into a fun and festive wreath?

Skills & Techniques

If you really want everyone to be impressed with your mad baking skills, here are some other posts I recommend reading before you begin:

  • Understanding Yeast and How To Make Stellar Dough.  This chestnut roll wreath utilizes yeast to help it rise.  Find out everything you need to know about how to make the yeast work correctly so your wreath isn’t flat.
  • How To Buy & Store Chestnuts.  Find out what to look for at the store when buying chestnuts and how to keep them fresh when you get them home!
  • How To Roast Chestnuts.  This recipe calls for using 1.5 cups of freshly roasted chestnuts (about 1 pound).  While you could absolutely use boiled ones from the store, you’ll be much happier with the texture and flavor if you roast them yourself.
  • How to Buy & Store Spices.  Make sure your spices are fresh enough to really bring the flavor needed for this delicious chestnut roll wreath.

This festive & fun chestnut roll wreath is perfect for Christmas morning! This holiday treat will be a new family favorite and a great breakfast tradition!


One of my favorite things about this wreath is that it is easy to make just enough for everyone.  If you already know how many people you are serving, you can cut it into appropriate portions – which makes it great for a crowd.  If you’re serving this to a family of four however, that would yield some very large chestnut rolls.  To store your leftovers, place them in a single layer in an airtight container.  You can keep them on the counter overnight if you’ll eat them the next day, or in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat this chestnut roll wreath:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Place your chestnut rolls on a sheet pan lined with parchment or aluminum foil and place in the oven to reheat for 15 minutes or until heated through.  You may find that it takes a little longer if you stored them in the fridge.
  3. Serve hot with a fresh drizzling of glaze.

If you used up all of your glaze right at the beginning, I recommend making a half batch when you reheat your chestnut roll wreath.  A lot of the glaze may have run off the chestnut rolls during reheating, and this will help give it a fresher taste.

This festive & fun chestnut roll wreath is perfect for Christmas morning! This holiday treat will be a new family favorite and a great breakfast tradition!

Chestnut Roll Wreath

This chestnut roll wreath is so much fun to serve to friends and family over the holidays. To make sure to have the best success with this, don’t falter on how long you knead it for.  I know that 10 minutes seems like a long time, but you’ll really notice the dough smooth out and come together during that time.  Also, if you’re like me and choose to use a baking stone, make sure to place a sheet pan on the rack under it to catch any filling that may come off during baking.

Get your free printable grocery list for this Chestnut Roll Wreath HERE.

This grocery list has everything that you’ll need to make this Chestnut Roll Wreath recipe.  To help making grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.

Happy Cooking! 🙂


I want to say a super huge thank you to Stacy of Food Lust People Love for hosting this month’s #BreadBakers collection. #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Updated links are also available on this home page.  We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.  If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

Sweetened Holiday Yeast Breads

Want to see some of the other delicious Bread Bakers recipes for this month?  Here’s the list of all the recipes and the lovely bloggers who participated in this month’s theme of Sweetened Holiday Yeast Breads!  Enjoy!

Flatten the ends of the roll by trimming away the excess dough. . Rotate out the first roll so that it is laying flat against the pan.
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Chestnut Roll Wreath

This chestnut roll wreath is delightfully festive for your family or guests during the Holidays. Make things easier on yourself by letting the dough rise overnight and enjoy hot, fresh, chestnut rolls in the morning!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 334 kcal
Author Mackenzie Ryan


Chestnut Roll Dough

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4.5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter , room temperature

Chestnut Roll Filling

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1.5 cups roasted chestnuts , chopped

Chestnut Roll Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter , melted
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


Chestnut Roll Dough

  1. In a large liquid measuring cup or bowl (around 2 cups), combine the warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar. Let sit for 10 Minutes or until extremely foamy.

  2. Stir the yeast mixture to dissolve some of the foam, then add in the four eggs. Use a fork or whisk to lightly beat the eggs into the yeast mixture.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour and salt and turn the mixer on low. Slowly pour in the yeast/egg mixture, turning up the speed of the mixer as needed to facilitate incorporation, until combined.

  4. Add in the room temperature butter, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough is completely formed. The dough should be tacky to the touch, but should not leave dough behind on your hands when you touch it. If it does, add additional flour a tablespoon at a time until the right consistency is reached.

  5. Once the dough is formed, continue to knead on a medium-low speed for 10 Minutes.

  6. Cover the bowl with a warm, damp cloth and set it in a warm area to rise for 1 Hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

  7. Punch down the dough until it has deflated and cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Chestnut Roll Filling

  1. The next morning, In a small bowl, combine 6 Tablespoons (3/4 of a stick) of the melted butter with the granulated sugar and spices. Set aside.

Chestnut Roll Wreath Assembly

  1. Roll the chestnut roll dough out onto a floured surface or large silicone mat until it is about a 15"x12" rectangle.

  2. Pour the butter, sugar, and spices mixture onto the rolled out dough and use the back of a spoon to spread out the mixture and then sprinkle the chopped chestnuts on top.

  3. Starting on the long side of the dough, work from one side to another like a typewriter, and roll the dough up firmly, continuing until the entire roll is complete. Pinch together the seam.

  4. Transfer the dough to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat (or on a baking stone). Using a very sharp paring knife, Flatten the ends of the roll by trimming away the excess dough. . Rotate out the first roll so that it is laying flat against the pan. Create the rolls by 3/4 of the way through the dough at one-inch intervals.

  5. Carefully continue turning out each roll one at a time, allowing them to slightly overlap the one before it. As you turn out each chestnut roll, turn the roll slightly so a circle shape is formed. When you get to the last roll, gently tuck it under the first one you made to complete the circle.

  6. Place an oven safe circular container that is slightly smaller than the wreath in the middle of the dough. Brush the top of the rolls with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter and let rise for 30 Minutes.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the chestnut roll wreath for 30 Minutes or until lightly browned. Once the chestnut rolls have come out of the oven, allow them to cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes.

Chestnut Roll Glaze

  1. In a liquid measuring cup, combine melted butter, vanilla extract and salt. Sift in the powdered sugar and use a small whisk or fork to combine. Use milk as necessary (around 2 tablespoons) to get to your desired consistency.

  2. Spread or sprinkle the glaze over the warm chestnut rolls and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you use a baking stone or a pan that does not have a rim, make sure to place a sheet pan or something in the oven under where you'll be baking; the filling sometimes bubbles off the pan and can make a mess of your oven.


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  • Reply Cindy's Recipes and Writings December 13, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Mackenzie this wreath looks amazing! I love chestnuts. What a fun idea!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you! It’s such a fun way to start the day!

  • Reply Eileen December 13, 2016 at 11:41 am

    This recipe looks absolutely fabulous. I love the addition of the chestnuts, a perfect holiday twist on the cinnamon roll.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you, Eileen! It’s such an easy way to make traditional cinnamon rolls more festive and fun!

  • Reply Karen December 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    That’s a gorgeous wreath. You don’t even need a centerpiece for the Christmas brunch table with this!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      I hadn’t even considered not needing a centerpiece with this! Thanks for saying that, Karen! 🙂

  • Reply Luci {Luci's Morsels} December 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I love the taste of roasted chestnuts! I bet they give this cinnamon roll wreath an extra layer of awesomeness! Such a beautiful presentation as well.

  • Reply Pavani December 13, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    That is such a festive looking cinnamon roll ‘wreath’. Love the chestnuts in the filling, sounds unusual but can imagine how buttery and delicious the filling will taste with them.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      The chestnuts really do accent it nicely, and since there is a bit of clove added to the spice mixture, it helps blend the chestnuts more, I think.

  • Reply Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C December 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    What a beautiful recipe and video! My parents and in-laws love chestnuts, but I never think of using them in a recipe. They usually just roast them.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Most of the people I meet who like chestnuts just like to eat them plain. Personally, I prefer them in something like this because the texture of them doesn’t really remind me of a nut.

  • Reply Matt @ Plating Pixels December 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Such a fun idea and beautiful wreath! That wouldn’t last long in my household for sure.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Every time I make it I tell my husband he should take the leftovers (which are ample) to work with him the next day. Every morning I wake up and they are gone but never make it to his work… 🙂

  • Reply Ilona @ Ilona's Passion December 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Lovely video and the wreath looks so delicious. Great for holidays!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you for the kind words about the video! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  • Reply Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy December 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    what a perfect idea for a party or breakfast spread! it looks lovely and festive!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      I hadn’t considered using this for a party – but it would certainly make for an excellent dish! Great idea!

  • Reply Julie December 13, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    This bread is so beautiful. I’ve never used Chestnuts before but love the idea!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you, Julie! I find chestnuts tend to be a hit or miss food for a lot of people. If you’re like me, you may not like the plain, but you’ll LOVE them in stuff like this!

  • Reply Wendy Klik December 14, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Just gorgeous. This would be the perfect accompaniment to my brunch table on Christmas .

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      I love hearing that! I hope you get to to try it!

  • Reply Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) December 14, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    My family LOVES chestnuts. I’d be interested to see what a tablespoon of chestnut flour added to the dough too

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 15, 2016 at 11:27 am

      It would definitely up the chestnut flavor Sarah. This recipe isn’t too strong with chestnuts, so even someone who isn’t very sure about them can enjoy it without being overwhelmed. As a lover of chestnuts though, it bet it would be greatly amplified with that addition!

  • Reply Namita Durgapal December 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Hello Mackenzie, what a beauty! I loved the wreath and believe the taste of roasted chestnuts must be heavenly. It so perfect and beautiful!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

      You are so sweet, Namita. Thank you! I had a lot of fun getting into the festivities of the season with this one! 🙂

  • Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop December 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never had a chestnut before? This wreath looks yummy and very festive!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 15, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      I’ve heard that from a lot of people. I hadn’t tried them until two years ago!

  • Reply Mark, Compass & Fork December 16, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I have a buddy who grows chestnuts, so I am always on the lookout for good chestnut recipes. This looks just perfect to enjoy.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 16, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      That’s so nice when you can get them fresh from the yard! I hope you get to try this!

  • Reply Veronika December 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ve never actually made a roll wreath before! and look, you have the same theme as me haha

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 28, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      I love making food a fun experience, especially during the holidays when making something like Christmas morning cinnamon rolls is a family affair!

  • Reply Carol Borchardt December 18, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    So beautiful!!! The perfect thing to serve on Christmas morning!

  • Reply Michelle Ferrand December 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    YUM! This looks so festive and delicious!

  • Reply Daisy December 26, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Mack, these look delicious! And I obsess over cinnamon rolls so these make me happy. ? I love seeing how we all have different traditions that make the holidays meaningful. Hope you enjoy the rest of the season!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      I hope you get to try them some time, Daisy. Even if you don’t use the chestnuts, this is a fantastic recipe. The vanilla glaze for this on is on point!

  • Reply Katrin December 10, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Wow this looks amazing. So festive!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 3, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you, Katrin! It’s such a fun way to start the day!

  • Reply Jessica Robinson December 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    These look delicious! Cannot wait to try your recipe.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 3, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Jessica. I hope you love it!

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