Chocolate pecan cinnamon rolls are the perfect way to make your family happy at breakfast time. From start to finish, they're worth it.
This post is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. All opinions are the contributor’s own.
Cinnamon rolls are a big deal in our family. This recipe is my grandmother's base recipe that we grew up waking up to every Christmas that we went to their house.
The base is super basic to whip up and all I changed was adding in cocoa powder to the dough to give it the perfect chocolate flavor without being overwhelming. Then we stuffed them with crunchy pecan bits and chocolate chips.
I tried this once with cinnamon in the filling and once without and personally we liked them both ways so it's totally up to you!
I love white glazes, but I hate how painfully sweet they usually are since the base thickener is powdered sugar. So instead we whipped together a delicious cream cheese glaze!
It's sweetened only with a few tablespoons of maple syrup which makes it perfectly sweet without giving you a headache.
The glaze is filled with the most amazing Neilson-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste . I personally am a huge vanilla lover, but I always tell people it's so crucial to buy the best vanilla you can find.
Imitation vanilla is such a crime; it tastes nothing like the real thing.
The folks over at Nielsen Massey do an incredible job from start to finish with their vanillas, and after meeting them earlier this year at a show I will only be using their products. A few fun facts about why good vanilla really is worth the cost:
- Vanilla beans are hand-pollinated on family farms.
- The curing process, which involves drying the beans in the sun by day and allowing them to sweat in a box at night, can take three to six months. The beans get hot enough in the sun to actually burn your hand.
- Each vanilla flower opens for only one part of one day during the season. If it's not pollinated on that day, no pod will be produced.
- The entire vanilla-cultivation process, from planting to market, can take from five to six years.
Isn't that amazing? I love knowing the history behind the products we use.
I hope you make this chocolate pecan cinnamon rolls recipe for your family and track down some of this incredible vanilla bean paste. It truly elevates any dish you make with its flavor.
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