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Air-Fryer Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is the perfect combination of savory and sweet. The bourbon-soaked bacon adds a smoky, savory, bold taste to cinnamon rolls. The ginger and pecan topping makes for a crunchy, spicy finish. —Shannen Casey, Berkeley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + marinating Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 rolls

Ingredients

  • 8 bacon strips
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tube (12.4 ounces) refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot

Directions

  • Place bacon in a shallow dish; add bourbon. Seal and refrigerate overnight. Remove bacon and pat dry; discard bourbon.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon in batches over medium heat until nearly crisp but still pliable. Remove to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 teaspoon drippings.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350°. Separate dough into 8 rolls, reserving icing packet. Unroll spiral rolls into long strips; pat dough to form 6x1-in. strips. Place 1 bacon strip on each strip of dough, trimming bacon as needed; reroll, forming a spiral. Pinch ends to seal. Repeat with remaining dough. Place 4 rolls on ungreased tray in air-fryer basket; cook 5 minutes. Turn rolls over and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine pecans and maple syrup. In another bowl, stir ginger together with contents of icing packet. In same skillet, heat remaining bacon drippings over medium heat. Add pecan mixture; cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, 2-3 minutes.
  • Drizzle half the icing over warm cinnamon rolls; top with half the pecans. Repeat to make a second batch.

Test Kitchen tip
  • In our testing, we have found cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we have given wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 roll: 267 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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