I used Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix, I omitted the nuts (allergies), I used dark brown sugar because I was out of light brown sugar and I added a tad (ahem) more cinnamon. As a self professed cinnamon roll junkie I have to say these are quite good. I would definitely feel comfortable serving them to guests. The dough has a substantial texture without being too bread-y. I drizzled the icing over them while they were still a little warm in the pan (cast iron skillet...love it) and some of it melted into the crevices yum! This is an easy to make comfort food and beats anything out of a can or cold and old from the grocery store bakery. I must add one technical note. An earlier reviewer mentioned that she had difficulty finding the roll mix and I discovered that I also had to wait until Thanksgiving to find it on my Mid-Michigan grocery shelves. Apparently sales do not warrant year round shelf space, so stock up when you find it.
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontazs; Styling: Amy Burke
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1 Hour, 20 Minutes
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 (16-oz.) package hot roll mix
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
- 2. Prepare hot roll dough as directed on back of package; let dough stand 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 15- x 10-inch rectangle; spread with softened butter. Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Sprinkle pecans over brown sugar mixture. Roll up tightly, starting at one long end; cut into 12 slices. Place rolls, cut sides down, in a lightly greased 12-inch cast-iron skillet or 13- x 9-inch pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and a cloth towel; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
- 3. Preheat oven to 375°. Uncover rolls, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until center rolls are golden brown and done. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Stir together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla; drizzle over rolls.
- Note: We tested with Pillsbury Specialty Mix Hot Roll Mix.
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