The Holidays are all about grand meals. Whether it’s a large Thanksgiving feast or incredible Christmas dinner, this time of year is all about the food! But if you’re anything like me, you’d agree that dinner time is as much about the rolls as it is dinner itself.

It must be that love of a good, delicious dinner roll that led to today’s recipe. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional, butter-topped rolls, flaky crescent rolls, or sticky, sugary rolls, we can all agree that it wouldn’t be a Holiday meal without rolls. For today’s recipe, we took all the light, fluffy goodness of a delicious knot roll and baked it up fresh with an amazing, caramel and walnut glaze that simply can’t be beat! What makes this glaze so good? That would have to be our “secret ingredient” below.

That’s right! Following the pattern of our Blueberry Dumplings recipe, we decided to bring back this favored citrus soda for our Holiday Caramel Rolls. We also took Chef Brad’s delicious Holiday Cinnamon Roll recipe and adapted it a bit for our roll dough. The result? A taste is out of this world! Now, let’s get ready for the Holiday season and bake up some delicious, sticky, gooey, Holiday Caramel Rolls!

Ingredients (Dough):
3 cups Hot Water
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
3 tsp Salt
4 Eggs
1/4 cup SAF Yeast
6-9 cups Honeyville Alta Artisan Bread Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Cinnamon

3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup Citrus Soda
2 Tbsp Ultra Gel
3/4 cup Chopped Walnuts

In your Bosch Universal Mixer, add ingredients in this order:

Water, butter, agave nectar, salt, eggs, 4 cups alta artisan flour, and yeast. Make sure to place the yeast on top of the flour pile.

Turn on mixer and start mixing. Once ingredients are combined, slowly add remaining alta artisan flour 1 cup at a time until dough begins to pull away from sides. Once dough is pulling away, knead in the machine for 6 minutes.

Remove dough from mixer and place in a greased mixing bowl, cover, and let rise until double in size.

While dough is rising, begin your glaze.

In a sauce pan, combine brown sugar, butter, citrus soda, and ultra gel and simmer until completely combined.

Once combined, pour in a 9×13 baking pan and add walnuts evenly.

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, mix evenly together, and set aside.

Once dough is double in size, you can begin to make your rolls.

Divide dough in two, and roll out one ball into a rectangle.

With a dough cutter, slice long strips in the dough.

Grab dough strip with both hands and stretch out just a bit to give yourself enough room.

Taking the dough in both hands, tie the strip into a knot.

Once dough is in a knot, dip into the cinnamon sugar mix and evenly coat all sides.

Place knot in the baking sheet on top of the glaze/walnut mix.

A 9×13 pan will hold 8 knots, but this dough will give you plenty more, so you may want to make more glaze for additional rolls.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and allow rolls to raise while oven is preheating. Once oven is at 400, place the rolls in the oven and bake for 5 minutes, then knock the temperature down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Remove and serve.

These aren’t your traditional dinner rolls, but after one bite, you’ll want to make them the new tradition! The delicious caramel glaze hits your pallet with so much flavor and taste that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. The sweentess of the cinnamon/sugar coating is the perfect complement, and the light, fluffy taste and texture of each roll is enough to make you weak in the knees. Be warned, once you make these this Holiday season, you’re family will beg for them each year!

If rolls are the most important dish at your Holiday dinner, then you’ve got to try this recipe for yourself!