Friday, December 30, 2016

Butter Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

These are the cinnamon rolls of your dreams. Not only do they have a wonderful texture, the flavor of cinnamon is throughout, the caramel sticky bun coating is phenomenal, they can be made in the bread machine, and 1-2 days ahead of serving. I offered these on the 27th, but didn't get a chance to eat one until two days hence, and it was still amazing!
I wish I would have been able to take more pictures of these addicting and delicious rolls, but, when setting up a buffet for a bunch of hungry diners, it's hardly appropriate to grab an item off of the buffet, and carry into the next room, for staging and photographing. No, that just won't work.

This picture is the one that I took of the rolls as I pulled them out of the oven, inverted them, and was allowing them to cool.

This was a totally experimental thing for me. I wanted to have caramel rolls on my buffet, because that was something my mother would make very often at Christmas time. I also wanted to make it easy on myself by making a recipe in the bread machine. So, using a variety of different recipes from over the years, I created this one. One thing that I did differently, and this was totally on a whim, was to throw in 1/2 cup of cinnamon chips along with the flour. My thoughts were that they were going to be chopped up by the little blade and dispersed throughout the dough like delicious little cinnamon speckles. What turned out was that they were completely absorbed by the dough, and melted throughout. It gave these rolls a beautiful caramel color, and light cinnamon taste. I've never had a roll like this before, and I will never make it another way again. These were caramel roll perfection.

Here's the recipe. If you don't have a bread machine, that's no problem. Just make the dough as you would make any yeast dough, allow the dough to rise in a warm area until it's doubled in size, then simply punch it down and turn it out onto a floured board, and shape them and fill them as you would any cinnamon roll. Another thing I really liked about these rolls is that the topping is made in the pan before you put the rolls into the oven. So, when the rolls are finished baking, your job is done. You don't have to make a glaze, you don't have to make a cream cheese frosting, you are finished!

I'm telling you, these are absolute perfection!
Butter Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 cup whole milk, slightly warm
1/4 cup shortening (I used Crisco)
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Place ingredients in bread machine in the order listed. Set to the dough cycle, and press start.

When the dough cycle has completed remove dough to a lightly floured cutting board, punch down, and roll into a 24" x 8" rectangle.


Spread 4 tablespoons melted and slightly cooled butter over the surface of the dough.

Combine 1/2 cups sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and sprinkle on top of the butter. Tightly roll up in jelly roll fashion and seal the ends. Cut into 16 1-1/2 inch slices.


In the bottom of a 10" x 10" metal pan, stir together 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup. Place pan on a stove burner over very low heat, and stir frequently until well blended. Remove from heat, and sprinkle 2/3 cups of broken pecans over your sugar mixture, spreading gently to fill pan.

After the topping has cooled, place the rolls cut side down in the pan. Cover lightly and let rise in a warm place until doubled. This will take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour depending upon the warmth of your house. When they have risen to double in size, preheat oven to 375°. Bake the rolls for 25 minutes or until done. Remove from oven to a wire rack and cool for 2 to 4 minutes to allow the topping to settle onto the rolls. Invert the rolls onto a rack that has parchment paper or wax paper beneath it to catch the drips, and slowly remove the pan. This recipe makes approximately 16 rolls.

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Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Pattie, these look incredible but will NOT help my weight watchers!!! I'm wondering if you have ever tried cooking with a Sous Vide, since you are such a foodie?

Thelma said...

They look so good. I can almost smell them. Thanks for the recipe.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

OMGoodness, these look and sound SO good! Thanks for the recipe and happy new year!!!!

Linda said...

They look fantastic Pattie! I wonder if the chips would stay intact in the dough without the bread machine, like chocolate chips in a cookie.

The Lazy Gastronome said...

I love butter pecan - Mmmmm....Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Link up!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

They look soooo good!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Miz Helen said...

Yummy Cinnamon Rolls! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
Miz Helen