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This is a simple cinnamon recipe that my mom likes to call 'Helter Skelter.' She got this from a coworker in Norfolk, NE in 1976. It's called 'Helter Skelter' because you tear two loaves of frozen bread dough and place it 'helter skelter' in the baking pan.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs 45 mins
3 hrs 30 mins
15 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle walnuts into the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle about half the raisins with the walnuts.

  • Tear one bread dough loaf into pieces; add to baking dish and top with remaining raisins.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir brown sugar, pudding mix, milk, and cinnamon with the butter; cook, stirring frequently, until the dry ingredients dissolve completely and the mixture thickens into a caramel-like sauce. Drizzle the sauce over the bread in the baking dish.

  • Tear remaining dough loaf into pieces and arrange into he pan, filling any empty spots with dough pieces.

  • Let the dough raise for 2 1/2 hours to overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bake in preheated oven until no longer doughy in the center, about 30 minutes. Cool rolls in pan for 15 minutes.

  • Turn the rolls out onto a serving platter large enough to contain the sauce that will run off the rolls.

Cook's Note:

The preparation time takes longer than 30 minutes because the bread has to thaw and raise.

Pecans can be used in place of walnuts.

Add more milk if you desire more carmel. I suggest doubling the caramel ingredients to make more carmel but my mother didn't seem to think that was a good idea.

Nutrition Facts

444 calories; protein 8.7g; carbohydrates 70.7g; fat 14g; cholesterol 20.5mg; sodium 566.2mg. Full Nutrition