Indulge in the irresistible fusion of warm, aromatic cinnamon and buttery pecans with this delectable Pecan Cinnamon Rolls recipe. Elevate your mornings with these heavenly treats that blend sweet, nutty richness into each soft, pillowy bite.

Christmas breakfast becomes more special when you serve a pan of warm maple pecan cinnamon rolls to your family. They're a sweet way to start the day! |

These Pecan Cinnamon Rolls are a delightful twist on your basic cinnamon roll recipes. They’re very similar to these Quick Maple Cinnamon Rolls or these Ultimate Cinnamon Buns, except they’re packed with crunchy pecans, adding a nice texture to this dessert-like breakfast treat! Whether you’re serving these delicious rolls on Christmas morning or whipping them up for brunch, these Pecan Cinnamon Rolls will become your new favorite sweet treat! Want more cinnamon roll recipe ideas? Try these Bacon Topped Chocolate Stuffed Cinnamon Buns, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, or Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls!

What Are Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Pecan Cinnamon Rolls are the fancy cousin to classic cinnamon rolls. While they don’t contain any active dry yeast and don’t have a rise time, these sweet rolls are still just as delicious as traditional cinnamon rolls. With simple ingredients like a pecan cinnamon sugar mixture, fluffy buttermilk dough, and a sweet maple syrup glaze, these gooey rolls are perfect for enjoying with your morning cup of coffee. If you love all things pecan, you’ll love these Pecan Sticky Buns!

Christmas breakfast becomes more special when you serve a pan of warm maple pecan cinnamon rolls to your family. They're a sweet way to start the day! |

Why you’ll love this recipe

If you’re tired of plain old cinnamon rolls and need a change, this recipe is for you. All you need are a few simple ingredients, and you can easily whip up these bad boys in no time! You don’t need to be a seasoned baker to indulge in these delicate delights. Even beginner bakers can make this recipe and leave your friends and family speechless!


For the Filling:

  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Chopped pecans
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter

For the Dough:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Unsalted butter
  • Maple syrup

For the Icing:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Milk
  • Confectioners’ sugar

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Mixing the Cinnamon Filling

In a bowl, combine all the filling ingredients and give them a good mix using a fork. Set this mixture aside for now.

Preheating the Oven

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F.

Preparing the Dough

In the bowl of your stand mixer, attach the dough hook. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, pour in the buttermilk, maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. Mix everything until well combined. Don’t forget to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure everything’s incorporated. Finally, let the mixer run for 3 to 5 minutes, kneading the dough. Once done, remove the dough from the mixer and cover it. Pop it in the fridge for a 20-minute chill.

Rolling and Filling

Once the dough is chilled, take it out and place it on a lightly floured surface. Next, roll or gently press the dough into a 12 x 8 rectangle. Then, drizzle 2 tablespoons of the melted butter onto the dough and spread it evenly with your fingers. 

Remember that filling you set aside earlier? Pour it over the dough and spread it out, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Press the filling down into the dough.

Rolling and Baking

Starting from the long side of the dough, carefully roll it up, pressing gently as you go. This should give you a nicely rolled dough log. Next, pinch the seam shut and place the log seam side down on your work surface.

Getting Ready to Bake

Brush a 9-inch cake pan or an iron skillet with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Next, slice it into 8 even pieces, each about 1 ½ inches wide. Then, place each of the rolls into the prepared cake pan. Give them one last brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Finally, pop the prepared pan into the preheated oven and let the rolls bake for about 20 to 23 minutes until they turn golden brown.

Whipping Up the Icing

While the rolls are baking, whip up the icing. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and add the sugar. Next, pour in the maple syrup and mix everything until smooth. If it’s a tad thick, just add a teaspoon or two of milk until it reaches your desired texture.

The Final Touch

Once the cinnamon rolls are done baking, let them rest for at least 5 minutes before generously topping them with that delightful icing. Serve and enjoy!

What to Serve With Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

While you can totally eat these delicious rolls on their own, it never hurts to pair them with some savory dishes like Beef Pork Frittata and Biscuits with Creamy Gravy and Sausage to prevent that pesky sugar crash later in the day! Or if you’re fixing to feed a crowd, consider a whole platter of this Cinnamon Roll Casserole to make everyone happy.  

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Cut the rolls with a very sharp knife or unflavored dental floss for perfectly cut rolls every time. 
  • Make a double batch for a large gathering or freeze the second batch before baking for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to bake, let the rolls come to room temperature and bake as directed. 
  • Feel free to top the rolls with extra pecans for even more crunchy goodness!

Leftovers and Reheating

Store any leftover cinnamon rolls in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days. If you haven’t devoured your cinnamon rolls by that time, pop them into the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also freeze your cinnamon rolls for up to 2 months. 

When you’re ready to eat your cinnamon rolls, pop them into the microwave for 10 seconds or longer, depending on how hot you like them. If you’re removing your cinnamon rolls from the freezer, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and use the same reheating instructions.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these cinnamon rolls ahead of time and bake them the next morning?

Absolutely! Just prepare the cinnamon rolls up until the point of baking. Then, pop them in the fridge overnight. The next morning, take them out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature while the oven preheats. Then, bake as directed in the recipe.

More Breakfast Recipes

If you’re looking for the perfect treat for breakfast, brunch, or anything in between, then these Pecan Cinnamon Rolls are for you! If you tried this recipe, please rate the recipe card and let us know if you liked it!



Easy Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Christmas breakfast becomes more special when you serve a pan of warm maple pecan cinnamon rolls to your family. They're a sweet way to start the day! | PassTheSushi.comFrom Bakingdom


For the Filling:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teas cinnamon
  • 1/8 teas salt
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter, melted

For the Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1 teas baking powder
  • 1/2 teas baking soda
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

For the Icing:

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 to 2 teas milk
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar


Coming all of the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, with dough hook attachment combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the buttermilk, syrup, and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter; mix until combined. Scrape sides with a spatula to make sure all ingredients were incorporated. Let mixer run for 3 to 5 minutes to knead the dough. Remove from mixer, cover and chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Remove the dough from the fridge and on a clean work surface roll or press dough into a 12 x 8 rectangle. Pour 2 tablespoons of the melted butter on and spread around with your fingers. Pour the filling that you set aside earlier over the dough and spread it evenly over the top, leaving about a 1/2 inch or so border around the outside edge. Press the filling down to pack it on top of the dough. It’s going to get gooey, make sure your sleeves are rolled up.

Starting on the long side of the dough, roll the side up, pressing as you go, to create a tightly rolled log. Pinch the seam closed and lay the log seam side down.Yes, you will have some mess on the counter, no biggie.

Brush a 9 inch cake pan or an iron skillet with 2tablespoons melted butter. Cut into 8 even pieces (1 1/2 inches), and transfer each roll to the prepared cake pan. Brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, until golden brown.

Meanwhile, make the icing. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and add the sugar. Add the syrup and mix well, until the mixture is smooth. If it is too thick, add a teaspoon or so of milk to loosen it up to desired texture.

Let the cinnamon rolls cool for at least 5 minutes before topping with icing and serving.


Christmas breakfast becomes more special when you serve a pan of warm maple pecan cinnamon rolls to your family. They're a sweet way to start the day! |

Yeah, I know the Christmas breakfast recipe looks long, but really, the gooey maple pecan cinnamon rolls are easy to make.

And sooo tasty. I promise.

Seriously, Look at that awesomeness. ^.^


  1. My entire family is the exact same way! In fact, my sister who just turned 30 this yr is the worst of us all, she sets her alarm for 5 am EVERY yr & then we tell her to go back to bed for 2 hours lol! It’s always fun having the whole family at home & Christmas breakfast is huge at our place. These cinnamon rolls look sooo delicious, I love the pecan addition. Would be a hit at our house!

  2. Perfect rolls…and no yeast for the dough…!!! Yes, looks like a long process, but I think is faster enough to be able to bake on the morning.
    Thanks for this recipe and have a Happy Holidays…!!!

  3. I love breakfast rolls of almost any variety! I actually just picked up orange rolls since that was a tradition I remember from growing up. These would be lovely too!

  4. That is definitely some Christmas morning ooey-gooey goodness!

  5. I’ve already got some of these lurking in the freezer ready for Christmas morning. Anything to stop my other half from devouring a box of jelly worms and turkish delight!

  6. I can’t beleive you guys don’t make breakfast on Christmas. My mom just emailed me a huge list of food for brunch for us… the 3 of us. I’m gonna roll out of CT

  7. Glad I’m not the only (eh-hem) 27 year old that can’t sleep through the night and is wide awake at 3:30 Christmas morning! But now that santa doesn’t stop at my house anymore (jerk) I might just have to make this in my early morning eagerness!

  8. This looks delicious. We started a tradition with our kids of Christmas brunch. Breakfast gets overlooked due to excitement. And cooking 3 meals on a busy day like that is not happening. So we just do brunch and dinner. I’d rather be opening gifts anyway. lol

  9. We always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas. I wish that my husband enjoyed nuts in them, but only half of my children and I like to crunch into a nut while eating a baked good. Your rolls look wonderful. Hope you had a great Christmas!!

  10. Oh my!! My dad and I would be all over this! We love cinnamon rolls and then put pecans, TO-DIE-FOR!

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