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Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins and Pecans

Tender, flaky cinnamon rolls are filled with raisins and pecans in this recipe for Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins and Pecans.

Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Most mornings my kids make their own breakfasts, but the other day, as she went upstairs after breakfast, my 8-year-old daughter Paige asked if I would make breakfast the next day. Even though it would be a school and work day, I agreed. How could I not?

What did I make? Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins and Pecans. They take about 10 minutes to assemble — or less — and bake up in about 25 minutes. Since I rise well before my kids, this was an easy morning recipe to pull off.

Of course, it helped that I used refrigerated puff pastry dough, which only needs to sit for a few minutes before being used. If you’re using frozen dough, you’ll need to build in a little more time (about 45 minutes) to let it defrost before using.

I’ve had cinnamon rolls on the brain ever since I saw a batch of them on the counter at Paige’s friend’s house. They looked so fluffy and gorgeous, perfectly risen and swirled with just the right amount of sweet filling. I love making cinnamon rolls like that — there’s a certain fluffiness you just can’t duplicate with store-bought dough. (Looking for homemade rolls with a homemade yeast dough? Here’s mine: Overnight Cinnamon Rolls)

But when you are short on time, puff pastry is a great alternative to homemade dough. It offers much of the fluffiness and flakiness, without the same time commitment. They won’t rise as much in the oven (though they do rise), but they’ll have the right texture and flavor.

And the combination of flavors in these? It’s just right.

Once the dough is ready, it all comes together so quickly.

Making Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

For these rolls, I start by brushing the dough with butter. Then, I fill them with a mixture of cinnamon sugar (I buy it premade in the spices section, and use it for things like this bread as well as sprinkling on toast, pancakes, waffles, etc), raisins and pecans.

Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls Ready to Bake

Finally, they are rolled up and cut into six swirls, which I place in an oven-safe glass baking dish. They’ll rise and expand while they’re cooking so you want to give them plenty of room to do so.

How to Make Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Look at those just-baked swirls! I want to dig right in to their pastry goodness.

Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

But first, they need one more thing: Glaze! I make a super simple glaze with just milk and powdered sugar. You could use something more complicated, but this simple mixture works best for me.

Then you enjoy. Because if you’re going to eat something, you should always really savor it.

Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon sugar
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts

Icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush the inside and bottom of an 8x8-inch glass baking dish with melted butter (do not use it all!).
  2. Spread the puff pastry out on a cutting board, and brush with remaining melted butter. Sprinkle all over with cinnamon sugar, raisins and walnuts, distributing it evenly over the dough. Roll the dough along the long side into a spiral. Slice into six pieces, about 1-inch each. Place in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
  4. Stir together the icing ingredients -- powdered sugar and milk -- and pour over the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy immediately.
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Nutmeg Nanny

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

I love that you used puffed pastry! It makes the whole process of cinnamon rolls super easy!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Wonderful idea to make these using puff pastry. They look absolutely delicious and done in under a fraction of the time of yeast dough. Count me in!

Rose | The Clean Dish

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Your kids make their own breakfast - wow! At that age, I still totally depended on my mom for everything. Lucky you ;) Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins and Pecans -- no, scratch the raisins for me but everything else looks and sounds uh-mazing!! I love cinnamon rolls and honestly can't believe just how easy these are to make!!

Kirsten / Comfortably Domestic

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Cinnamon rolls with puff pastry? Of course! I've never made anything but the yeast-y variety. These cinnamon rolls would be great in a pinch when a craving strikes!

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Monday 14th of March 2016

Cinnamon rolls with puff pastry?! Yes, please!! I swoon over practically anything made with puff pastry and these cinnamon rolls look soooo good!