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Gigantic Cinnamon Rolls

These large, luscious cinnamon rolls are always a hit at my parents' Christmas brunch. The recipe yields two so you can keep one and give the other as a gift.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 rolls (6-8 servings each)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a shallow bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll each loaf of dough into a 12x4-in. rectangle. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into four 1-in. strips. Roll each into an 18-in.-long rope. Dip in butter, then roll in sugar mixture.
  • Coil one rope in the center of a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Add three more ropes, pinching ends together to fill one pan. Repeat with remaining ropes on a second pizza pan. Sprinkle with pecans and remaining cinnamon-sugar. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over warm rolls.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 322 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 377mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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