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Turtle Cinnamon Rolls How-To

Blogger Jocelyn Delk Adams gives cinnamon rolls a decadent chocolate and caramel upgrade.


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I loved turtle candies as a kid. I would buy them everywhere, from grocery store checkout aisles to specialty gourmet stores. Everything about turtle candy is just perfection to me. The blend of caramel and chocolate with the crunch of pecans is so simple yet magical. The flavors just work and should be transformed into every dessert and baked good imaginable. 

I have no idea why I never thought about this combination of turtles and cinnamon rolls before, but I’m so glad it finally came to me. The caramel, chocolate sauce and pecans really upgrade basic cinnamon rolls. Serve these for brunch when you want to impress someone with a limited amount of time and effort. These cinnamon rolls will bring out the kid in you, just like they did in me! 

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Grease a cast iron skillet or round pan (a 9-inch one works best). Place cinnamon rolls in the pan, cinnamon side up.

Cinnamon Roll Dough in a cast iron skillet

Bake for 13-17 minutes or until golden.

Baked Cinnamon Rolls in a cast iron skillet

Remove cinnamon rolls from oven. Drizzle chocolate sauce in a zigzag motion over the tops of cinnamon rolls. Next place three pecans in the centers of each cinnamon roll. Lastly, drizzle caramel sauce in the opposite direction of chocolate sauce in a zigzag motion over the pan of cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon rolls covered with caramel and pecans in a cast iron skillet

Let the topping set for about 5 minutes and serve warm.

About Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes

Jocelyn wants to help a new generation of bakers to “not feel guilty about enjoying dessert,” and spends her time whipping up old classics, new favorites and must-try trend desserts in an easy, accessible way.