Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 1 HR
Servings: 16 buns
FOR THE CINNAMON ROLLS
1/3 cup raw pecans
1 package frozen puff pastry (17.3 ounces/2 sheets) – thawed in the refrigerator overnight (I like Pepperidge Farm)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – melted
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
FOR THE GLAZE:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk – plus 1 to 3 teaspoons as needed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans on an ungreased baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until the pecans are toasted, fragrant, and light tan on the inside when broken in half, about 8 to 12 minutes. Stir the pan once halfway through, set a timer, and don’t walk away during the last few minutes (nuts love to burn at the last moment). Transfer to a cutting board, then finely chop. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
On a lightly floured work surface, unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry so that the folds open left to right and the seams run vertically. Roll it to a 10-inch square (if it is not already). Lightly brush the sheet all the way to its edges with half of the melted butter. Leaving a 1-inch border on all sides of the puff pastry, sprinkle each sheet with half of the sugar mixture. Starting with the end closest to you (the “bottom” of the square), tightly roll the pastry up and away from you like a sleeping bag around the filling. The role will expand sideways somewhat and a bit of the sugar will fall out, which is fine. End seam-side down. Trim off about ½ inch from each end of the roll and discard. With a serrated knife, slice the roll in 8 equal pieces. Each will be about 1 1/3 inches wide. Arrange each piece, spiral side facing up, on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and remaining filling, spacing the rolls evenly and allowing them plenty of room to spread.
Bake the rolls for 18 to 22 minutes until they are golden brown on top and firm to the touch. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool.
While the rolls cool, prepare the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk. The glaze should be a little thick but still pour easily. If you’d like it thicker, add more powdered sugar; for a thinner glaze, add more milk 1 teaspoon at a time. For the easy frosting, scoot the rolls on the parchment paper so that they are touching at the edges. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the rolls then immediately sprinkle with pecans. Let the glaze set for a few minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
TO STORE Store leftover cinnamon rolls in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftover cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F until heated through.
TO FREEZE BEFORE BAKING: After you roll your dough into a log, you can freeze it unbaked. Wrap the dough very tightly with plastic wrap, and place it in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to bake the cinnamon rolls, thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator, and slice and bake as directed. Then, add the glaze and pecans.
TO FREEZE AFTER BAKING: Bake the cinnamon rolls as directed, and let cool completely. Then, arrange them in a flat layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once fully frozen, place the rolls in an airtight freezer-safe storage container and store for up to 1 month. Reheat pre-made cinnamon rolls directly from frozen on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 375 degrees F until warmed through.
TO MAKE AHEAD: To prepare your cinnamon rolls ahead of time, you can toast the pecans up to 3 days in advance, and make the glaze 1 day in advance and store in the refrigerator. Drizzle the glaze and top with pecans just before serving.
serving: 1(OF 16), calories: 169KCAL, carbohydrates: 22G, protein: 1G, fat: 9G, saturated fat: 3G, cholesterol: 4MG, sodium: 114MG, potassium: 24MG, fiber: 1G, sugar: 14G, vitamin a: 44IU, calcium: 13MG, iron: 1MG
Original source: https://www.wellplated.com/puff-pastry-cinnamon-rolls/