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Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Looking for a weekend breakfast idea or something perfect for Christmas morning then the Pecan Cinnamon Rolls are what you need in your life. Super soft golden brown cinnamon rolls with crunchy pecans, they will really zazzle your tastebuds.  

During the busy times of the year, we are all about, what we call, shortcut recipes. Where we use a big helper ingredient to make our cinnamon rolls and we are using refrigerated biscuit dough to help make these Pecan rolls faster and easier, so we have more time to get other things done.

When you want a delicious breakfast or brunch idea, or a tasty sweet treat, then these are the best cinnamon rolls to try. There is nothing quite like enjoying something sweet and delicious in the morning, and these are individually baked making it so easy to enjoy on the go or leisurely.

Many people shy away from cinnamon roll recipes thinking they are overly difficult to make or reserving them for special occasions. But we have come up with a quick and easy method to make classic cinnamon rolls quickly and easily.

The whole family will give this recipe a five star rating for sure! They will eat the entire dish in one sitting.

If you love the flavor of cinnamon then you must try the Copycat Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Butter Recipe. It is incredibly easy to make and tastes just like what you get at the restaurant- maybe even BETTER. 

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Why You’ll Love These Pecan Cinnamon Rolls 

  • Kid-friendly - The children will love how tasty these pecan cinnamon rolls are
  • Easy to make - Super quick and bakes in 30 minutes, what’s not to like? 
  • Simple ingredients - no big long list of things to get from the grocery store
  • No fancy gadgets needed - No kneading, no worrying about soft dough or rise time. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 
  • Heaving whipping cream
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter (unsalted)
  • Chopped pecans
Ingredients needed to make cinnamon pecan rolls.

Helpful Tools

Metal sheet or cookie sheet pan

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Spatula

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Measuring cups and spoons

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Mason jars 

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Sharp knife or kitchen scissors

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How To Make The Pecan Cinnamon Rolls 

  1. Gather all of your ingredients together and preheat the oven to 425F. Using a whisk, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Open each can of biscuits and separate the rolls from each other. Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors cut each roll in half. Place rolls of one-half in each mason jar. 
  3. Pour one tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture over the first half of the cinnamon roll. Add a few of the chopped pecans on top of the pecans and then add the 2nd half of the roll on top, inside of the jar. Add another teaspoon of the brown sugar mixture on top of the second piece.
  4. Pour equal amounts of heavy whipping cream over the roll pieces in each jar.
  5. Place each jar on a baking sheet and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  6. When they are done baking, remove them from the oven and the baking sheet to allow cool on a wire rack for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  7. For the best results top each set of rolls while they are still slightly warm rolls but not hot with the premade icing that came with the rolls. Serve up and enjoy!
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Recipe Variations

Want to add some different toppings? Caramel sauce or powdered sugar would work really well and taste delicious. You could also use the traditional cream cheese frosting. Yum!

Make them sweeter. If you have a sweet tooth then you could add some maple syrup between the layers or drizzle some on top when they are baked. This would make maple pecan cinnamon rolls.

More cinnamon flavor. You could always sprinkle some of the homemade cinnamon sugar on the top before baking. This will give the cinnamon rolls a glaze.

A citrus twist. The addition of lemon or orange zest will give that extra citrus flavor that works so well with the cinnamon flavors. 

Close up of two small jars of pecan cinnamon rolls.

Tips & Tricks

  • You will know that the cinnamon rolls are baked when they are golden brown on the top. 
  • Make sure you give them time to cool. They are best served warm or even at room temperature. 
  • Baking time may vary depending on how many rolls you're making.
  • This recipe was tested using a gas oven, if using an electric oven, your time required may change.

Storage

A great way to make the most of this recipe is to make these ahead of time for the next morning or the next day. Just get to the stage of when you need to put them in the oven and then seal them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. 

You could also store baked cinnamon rolls in the same way. Leave them in a warm place until you want to enjoy them. If they are leftovers let them cool completely before storing them. They will last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Put them in the oven for a few minutes before serving. 

A few jars of cinnamon rolls with pecans.

FAQ

What’s the difference between cinnamon rolls and cinnamon buns?

The main difference is how they cooked. When looking for a homemade sticky buns recipe you will notice that you add the glaze during the cooking process. But the rolls have the glaze and toppings put on after baking. 

What does the heavy cream do?

The heavy cream gives the cinnamon rolls a rich flavor and helps create a more buttery roll. We add a tablespoon to each mason jar in this recipe but some recipes call for the rolls to be soaked in heavy cream. 

How do I keep the cinnamon rolls fluffy?

Storage is key. An airtight container like a sealed mason jar helps to keep the moisture inside and stops the rolls from drying out and the texture from changing. 

A bite of pecan cinnamon rolls on a fork.

Other pecan recipes 

  • Pecan Pie Bark - Perfect to snack on or even make as DIY gifts for friends and family. An amazing recipe that you can whip up easily.
  • Texas Mini Pecan Pie Tarts - These mini pies are the perfect portion-sized dessert that everyone will enjoy! And the best part? This simple dessert has less calories than a full-size pecan pie but still has all the delicious flavor, buttery crust, and crunchy pecans that you expect from a classic pecan pie!
  • Best Butter Pecan Ice Cream - This easy Butter Pecan No Churn Ice Cream recipe is so easy to make that the kids will be asking to make it themselves and it’s so simple.
A couple jars of cinnamon rolls with pecans.

Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

This semi homemade recipe is a great shortcut way to make Pecan Cinnamon Rolls.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Pillsbury Grands biscuits 1 cup heaving whipping cream
  • 1 ⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter unsalted
  • cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Gather all of your ingredients together and preheat the oven to 425F. Using a whisk, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Open each can of biscuits and separate the rolls from each other. Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors cut each roll in half. Place rolls of one-half in each mason jar.
  • Pour one tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture over the first half of the cinnamon roll. Add a few of the chopped pecans on top of the pecans and then add the 2nd half of the roll on top, inside of the jar. Add another teaspoon of the brown sugar mixture on top of the second piece.
  • Pour equal amounts of heavy whipping cream over the roll pieces in each jar.
  • Place each jar on a baking sheet and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  • When they are done baking, remove them from the oven and the baking sheet to allow cool on a wire rack for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • For the best results top each set of rolls while they are still slightly warm rolls but not hot with the premade icing that came with the rolls. Serve up and enjoy!

Notes

  • You will know that the cinnamon rolls are baked when they are golden brown on the top. 
  • Make sure you give them time to cool. They are best served warm or even at room temperature. 
  • Baking time may vary depending on how many rolls you're making.
  • This recipe was tested using a gas oven, if using an electric oven, your time required may change.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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