USA- Cinnamon Pecan Rolls Recipe

Cinnamon Pecan Rolls

This recipe for Cinnamon Pecan Rolls is from my dad, and one of the few things he bakes! Of course, many US families probably have similar recipes for this American classic. And around the world, I have seen cinnamon rolls at bakeries including the famous chain, Cinnabon. I think this recipe for cinnamon pecan rolls could be in close competition with Cinnabon! Also, there is an added benefit that it has a bit less calories and can be customised to your taste.

We like to have it for breakfast, brunch, snacks or dessert. In addition to the cinnamon pecan filling, we also love the cream cheese icing. The double rising time is necessary for the rolls to be light and fluffy. And, if you have leftovers, then heat them a little bit for the best flavour.

Activate the yeast
Filling for Cinnamon Pecan Rolls



2 packages (7g) dried yeast
1 1/2 c. warm milk
2 tsp sugar
1/2 c butter (116 gram), melted
2 eggs
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
5 – 6 c. flour


1/2 c. melted butter
1 c brown sugar
3 Tbsp cinnamon
1 c. pecans, chopped


1/4 c. butter, melted
1 c. icing / powdered sugar
6 ounces cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon Pecan Roll Dough
Cinnamon Pecan Roll Dough after first rising


First, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk. Next, mix in melted butter, then egg, sugar and salt. Then add flour in increments until dough is not sticky. Knead for 5 minutes. Cover and let rise for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.

In the meantime, combine filling ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

Divide the dough into two parts. On a floured cutting board, roll each half of the dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread filling on top. Finally, roll up the dough and cut into 10-12 slices, about 1 – 1 1/2 inches wide.

Arrange in a large baking pan and then cover and let rise for one hour or until doubled in size.

Heat oven to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown

Cool slightly and prepare the icing by combining all ingredients in a bowl, and whisking together. Drizzle icing on the top of the cinnamon rolls and serve warm

Cinnamon Pecan Rolls ready for second rising
Freshly baked Cinnamon Pecan Rolls

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