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.
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.