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Pecan Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This pecan cinnamon roll recipe is an absolutely divine dessert with cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans. I’ll show you how to make the cinnamon rolls in this step-by-step post. 

Cinnamon rolls in a dish and on a plate with pecans

These really are the best cinnamon rolls and they taste better than Cinnabon, plus, they don’t cost much  and are very easy to make. 

For this recipe, I used premade pizza dough that I bought at the grocery store and I skipped waiting for the dough to rise before baking. 

In all, it takes about 10-15 minutes to get the easy homemade cinnamon rolls ready and into the oven, and then about five minutes to mix the frosting, and you get a warm, decadent, and amazingly delicious dessert. 

If you love pecans, give these praline pecans a try. 

What do I need to make the cinnamon roll recipe?

(Full ingredient list and directions at the bottom of the post)

  • Pizza dough
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Softened butter
  • Softened cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans

A cinnamon roll on a plate with frosting next to a fork

How do I make the pecan cinnamon roll recipe?

  1. Roll out the dough into a rectangle.
  2. Spread the softened butter onto the dough, spreading it to the edges. 
  3. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4  to 1/2 cup of chopped pecans in a medium-sized bowl. 
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the dough, spreading it to the edges. 
  5. Roll up and cut into pieces, about three inches each. 
  6. Place in a greased 8″ x 8″ casserole dish, pressed up next to each other. 
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. 
  8. For the frosting, add the softened cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Mix well and add the powdered sugar. Mix again.
  9. Add the heavy cream and mix until well blended.
  10. Spread over the warm cinnamon rolls.
  11. Sprinkle the remainder of the chopped pecans on top. 

Recipe and printable instructions listed below

Cinnamon Rolls

Pizza dough on a counter with flour

Open the package of pizza dough and roll it out on a piece of parchment paper. 

I used fresh pizza dough from the bakery at our local grocery store and rolled it out on some flour so it wouldn’t stick. 

Pizza dough rolled out onto parchment paper with butter spread on top

Spread four tablespoons of softened butter on top, going all the way out to the edges.

The pizza dough from this store is delicious but doesn’t want to roll out into a rectangle, so I did the best I could. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just rolled out. 

Cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans in a small bowl

Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 to 1/2-cup of chopped pecans (depending on how many you’d like) to the bowl and mix. 

Pizza dough rolled out with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans on top.

Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the pizza dough, all the way to the edges. 

 

Rolled up cinnamon rolls before baking

Roll up the cinnamon roll dough and slice, about three inches apart. 

Don’t worry about giving the cinnamon roll a tight roll. It’s ok if it’s a little loose. It will be messy, so have your pan close by as you transfer it from the parchment paper to the dish. 

Cut up cinnamon rolls in a casserole dish

Here’s how they look in the pan. 

 

Baked cinnamon rolls in a pan.

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are brown, on 350-degrees. 

The butter will melt and run down into the bottom of the pan, making the rolls super rich and flavorful. This is definitely one of my favorite desserts. 

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract in a bowl

Add the softened butter, softened cream cheese, and vanilla extract to the bowl and cream. 

 

Powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter in a bowl

Next, add the Powdered sugar to the bowl and mix well. 

 

Heavy cream being poured into a bowl of cream cheese frosting for cinnamon rolls.

Finally, pour the heavy cream over the frosting and mix well. 

 

Cream cheese frosting on top of cinnamon rolls.

Spread the cream cheese frosting on top of the cinnamon rolls and sprinkle the remaining chopped pecans on top. 

It’s a lot of frosting, so you may not want to use it all, and if you don’t you can save it for something else!

A cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing on top and sprinkled with chopped pecans.

The rolls are especially delicious when they are still warm. You can reheat the cinnamon rolls in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. 

 

A cinnamon roll on a plate with a fork

The inside of these rolls is absolutely divine. I promise!

Check out the pecan cinnamon roll recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a great dessert any time of the year, and I think you’ll  love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your roll on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us so we can try it, too!

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How do you know when cinnamon rolls are done?

The tops of the cinnamon rolls will be a golden brown. You can also stick your fork between two layers of the cinnamon rolls and make sure the dough is baked through. 

Can you freeze cinnamon rolls?

Yes, but make sure you store them in an airtight container and allow them to thaw on the counter. Once the cinnamon rolls have thawed, you can put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to warm them up. 

Can you bake cinnamon rolls in a glass pan?

Yes, that is what I baked my cinnamon rolls in. You can also use stoneware. 

Yield: 8

Pecan Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Cinnamon rolls in a dish and on a plate with pecans
This pecan cinnamon roll recipe is an absolutely divine dessert with cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans. I'll show you how to make the cinnamon rolls in this step-by-step post.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 16 oz. premade pizza dough (I bought mine at Publix in the bakery)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

Cinnamon Roll

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Roll out the dough into a rectangle.
  3. Spread the softened butter onto the dough, spreading it to the edges. 
  4. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (depending on how many pecans you'd like) in a medium-sized bowl. 
  5. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the dough, spreading it to the edges. 
  6. Roll up and cut into pieces, about three-inches each. 
  7. Place in a greased 8" x 8" casserole dish, pressed up next to each other. 
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. 

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. For the frosting, add the softened cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Next, add the powdered sugar and mix until well blended.
  3. Add the heavy cream and mix well.
  4. Spread over the warm cinnamon rolls.
  5. Sprinkle the remainder of the chopped pecans on top. 

Notes

If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 51gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Southern PlateSouthern Bite, Southern Home Express, Big Bear’s Wife
Julia’s Simply SouthernSouth Your Mouth and Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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sue korte

Sunday 29th of September 2019

pizza dough is not listed among the ingrdts in recipe.

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 29th of September 2019

Hi Sue! Thanks for pointing that out - that's one of the most important ingredients. Sorry about that, it's fixed now. I appreciate your help. :)