Cinnamon Breakfast Rolls

Recipe from

Southern Living


1 (18.25-ounce) package French vanilla cake mix
5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups warm water (105° to 115°)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine, divided and melted
1/2 cup raisins, divided
3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour.

Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.

Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface; divide in half. Roll one portion into an 18- x 12-inch rectangle. Brush with half of butter; sprinkle with half of sugar mixture, half of raisins, and 1/4 cup pecans.

Roll up starting at long end; cut crosswise into 16 (1-inch-thick) slices. Place rolls into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Repeat procedure with remaining rectangle. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Remove from refrigerator, and let stand 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden; cool slightly.

Stir together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla; drizzle over rolls. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.

Ruth H. Todd, Charlotte, North Carolina,

Southern Living

December 2005
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