Butter Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Butter Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

I've never made a recipe that required yeast and dough rising.  I'm pretty sure it's because most of my recipes can be made fairly quickly, like in an evening after work.  But these Butter Pecan Cinnamon Rolls came to me very highly recommended by Jacob and the in-laws.  The recipe is from a family friend and they are really called Pat Davis cinnamon rolls.  And man do they love Pat Davis cinnamon rolls.

I was actually going to make them for the in-laws when we were in Nebraska last weekend but I just didn't have the time.  We made other cinnamon rolls instead that didn't require yeast to go with our chili.  When the boys came home for hunting we were ready to eat.  Jacob saw the rolls and said, "Those don't look like Pat Davis's cinnamon rolls!?!"  Thanks, Captain Obvious.

But this past Saturday I took the time to make the infamous rolls and I'm so glad I did.  I don't think I'm as scared of yeast anymore either so I see more breads and rolls in my baking future.  The finished product is a buttery roll with sticky caramel pecan goodness topping.  And they got the head nod and eye brow lift from Jacob.  Maybe they'll start calling them Pat and Chelsea Cinnamon Rolls.....

Butter Pecan Cinnamon Rolls 

Adapted from recipe by Pat Davis


  • Adapted from recipe by Pat Davis
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4  cup warm water
  • 1 cup milk scalded*
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Filling:
  • 4 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup lightly chopped pecans
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 TBSP white corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup lightly chopped pecans

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