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Caramel Pecan Rolls

Recipe Name: 
Caramel Pecan Rolls

Soft and sweet caramel-covered rolls, bursting with pecans


24 rolls


Basic Sweet Roll Dough**
3 T butter, softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 t ground cinnamon
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 c butter
2 T light corn syrup
1/2 c chopped or halved pecans


1. Roll each half of Basic Sweet Roll Dough** into a 12x8-inch rectangle.

2. Brush each with half of the softened butter. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough.

3. Roll up each piece of dough, starting with long side; seal seams. Slice each roll into about 12 pieces.* 

4. In saucepan combine brown sugar, 1/4 c butter, and corn syrup. Cook and stir just till butter melts and mixture is blended.

5. Distribute mixture evenly in two greased 8-9 inch round baking pans. Top with pecans.

6. Place rolls, cut side down, in baking pans (on top of the pecans). Cover; let rise till double.

7. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool about 30 seconds; invert on rack and remove pans.

Caramel Pecan Rolls
Additional Notes: 

*A quick and easy way to slice rolls while preserving their shape, is to use a clean piece of dental floss. Wrap the floss around the roll of dough and cross ends. Continue pulling ends (opposite of each other) until dough is cut.

**Basic Sweet Roll Dough recipe:

2 c flour
1 T dry yeast
1 c milk
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c shortening
1 t salt
2 eggs
1 1/2-2 c flour

1. In large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups flour and 1 T dry yeast. 

2. Heat milk, sugar, shortening, and salt till warm (115-120°), stirring to melt shortening. Add to dry mixture.

3. Add eggs. Mix well by hand and then stir in 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour, making a moderately stiff dough. 

4. Knead on a lightly floured surface till smooth (adding more flour as you need it, if needed). Shape into a ball.  Place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise till double.

5. Punch down; divide in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

This recipe was submitted by guest chef Bonnie Faber.

Preparation Time: 

40 minutes

Cooking Time: 

20 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

These rolls are delicious. I love the caramel nut layer on the top... yum! They do get a little drier after a day or so, but with rolls this good, they don't last that long most times ;) I think freezing the extras as soon as they're cool, and then taking from the freezer as needed would keep them tasting fresher after the first day. So, I give this recipe: 9/10

Average vote based on 7 reviews.
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User Reviews
out of 10

I used my own sweet dough, but followed the filling and topping instructions from this recipe. It converted my husband from "Just make plain cinnamon rolls, I like them that way" to, "Let's have THIS kind every time!" The very best way to eat them is warm from the oven. YUM!

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Very, very good!

I used this recipe in conjunction with my bread dough recipe. Everyone loved them and the flavors reminded us of the cinnamon rolls from Great Harvest Bread Company! =)

out of 10

Again easy to make and all enjoyed the treat yesterday! I know that the left over will be gobbled up today!! :) Delicious!!

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My favorite dessert! (10/10)

I'd have to honestly say that this is my favorite dessert. I make them fairly often and whenever I take them somewhere they are quickly gobbled up! If you put them in a microwave for a couple seconds they taste like they're fresh from the oven even if they're a couple days old. I recommend these if you like high quality sweet breads and caramel.

out of 10

These didn't last long at our house! I especially liked the dough recipe! Personally, I would double the sugar and the syrup part next time. I like 'em really gooey and sinful! :) I mean, if you're going to make sweet rolls you might as well you all out!

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Very good roll recipe

Please see the recipe above for my full review! Thanks! ~Tammy

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Bonnie-buns will tickle your taste buds (10/10)

Cinna-what? That is what this recipe will have you saying afterwards. I like a good cinnamon roll and these are a neat alternative that is absolutely delicious. Who needs Cinnabon when you can make Bonnie's Caramel Pecan Rolls? My only recommendation is you have a washcloth near by to first soak up your drool and then to wash your hands afterwards as these are sticky. Maybe they should be called, "Sticky Bonnie Buns"?