Pecan Pie Inspired Cinnamon Rolls

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Fall weather is right around the corner and you know what that brings – comfy clothes, cooler days and the desire to heat that oven back up! In honor of the change of season, today I am sharing my pecan pie cinnamon roll recipe – inspired by the new M&M’s® Pecan Pie flavor that recently hit the shelves at Walmart. Who’s ready to curl up the couch with a good book a pecan pie cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee? This girl! 

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Confession time – I think I might be a bit of an M&M’s® snob. I mean, I don’t know what it is about M&M’s® but every time a new flavor comes on the market from this timeless candy company I just can’t wait to taste test it. They are so much fun! Naturally, when I tasted the new M&M’s® Pecan Pie, all of my favorite fall memories started filling up my head. Apple orchards, cinnamon donuts, pecan pie, apple cider, and warm fresh baked goods. Mmm, yep – there is a reason I like the fall season.

After getting a taste of fall with the all new M&M’s® Pecan Pie, I was ready to heat back up my oven after the long summer of doing everything possible NOT to use it and bake something warm and gooey. One of my favorite things to bake in the fall is homemade cinnamon rolls – and after visiting a gourmet bakery the other day and seeing cinnamon rolls topped in chocolate, cookie and candy pieces I decided to create m own gourmet inspired recipe. So I give you Pecan Pie Cinnamon Rolls – straight from the oven.

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Pecan Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

Rolls
2 and 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
3 TBS sugar
1 packet of quick rise yeast
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. milk
2 and 1/2 TBS unsalted butter
1 egg

Filling
2 TBS unsalted butter – softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 and 1/2 TBS ground cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped pecans

Frosting
Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing

Topping
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1 c. M&M’s® Pecan Pie

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Directions: 

Begin by combining the dry roll ingredients together in a large bowl – flour, sugar, yeast, salt and egg. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the wet roll ingredients – water, milk and butter. Heat over med-low until the butter has melted. Be sure to remove the mixture from the heat as soon as the butter has melted to avoid overheating – this can cause your yeast not to rise. Mixture should be lukewarm – warm.

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While still warm, combine the stove top mixture with the dry ingredients and knead with your hands (another reason you don’t want to overheat your liquids). Continue to knead the dough for 3-4 minutes. Notice the dough will start to form a ball and remove from the sides of the bowl. Texture should be firm but stretchy.

Cover the dough with a clean towel and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

Tip: At this time you may want to heat your oven to 200 degrees. You’ll see why later.

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While the dough is resting, this is a good time to make the filling. To do this simply combine all of the ingredients (except the butter) in a small bowl.

After the dough has rested, place it on a lightly floured surface and roll the dough out to create a 12 x 8 in. rectangle.

Spread the butter out first across the top of the dough and then sprinkle on the cinnamon mixture.

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Begin to roll the cinnamon rolls up into a long roll. It should end up being 12 x 2 in.

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Next, cut the cinnamon rolls into 1 inch slices – I usually get about 10 out of my roll. Place the rolls into a greased pan with room to rise. I used two 8 x 8 in. glass pans.

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Cover the rolls and allow them to rise in a warm draft free place for 60 minutes.

Tip: This is where I use the oven at 200 degrees. Simply turn off the oven, cover the rolls with loose aluminum foil and place them in the oven to rise. Works wonders. 

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When the rolls have risen, turn the oven up to 375 degrees and bake for 15 minutes or until browned.
I remove the aluminum foil after 10 minutes to allow the tops to brown.

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Place the cinnamon rolls on a wire rack to cool. While still warm, spread on the Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing and sprinkle with pecans and M&M’s® Pecan Pie.

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The rolls are now ready to enjoy or share with fall loving friends.

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We decided to enjoy our Pecan Pie Cinnamon Rolls on the back porch with a glass of Mott’s® Apple Juice and Snapple® Apple. Tastes like fall!

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Be sure to look for the fall favorites M&M’s® Pecan Pie, M&M’s® Milk Chocolate Harvest and M&M’s® Peanut Harvest now available at Walmart. Plus – here’s a coupon to get you started on your shopping!!
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What is your favorite thing about fall? Share your memories with us in the comments below. 

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Finding Myself in Chicago with #SoFabUOTR

This last weekend I headed back into Chicago for a chance to meet with and learn from the folks at Social Fabric at the SoFabUOTR conference. The single day conference turned out to be a great opportunity for gaining new knowledge, making new friends and even sightseeing Chicago. But it was what I learned about myself during this trip that really surprised me. 

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Lately I’ve started to feel like a Chicago transplant – two trips back and forth from there in the last three weeks and I’ve started to become comfortable in the city and have even come to adore it. However, this last trip I took completely solo. That’s right – driving, train, taxi, meals, hotel stay – all by myself. This was actually my very first long distance, solo adventure and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I loved it!

As my train bumped along down the tracks into the city, I felt empowered – here I am all by myself and I didn’t even feel scared. I am woman – hear me roar! After a few hours of watching the scenery fly past me in a state of calm chaos, we entered the underground platform. It was dark, with only a couple of dim orange lights here and there. The train squealed to a stop. I could smell the weird, unfamiliar smell of the tracks. This was it? This is where we stop? This place didn’t look at all like the nice platform I got on to enter the train. This was dark, unfamiliar and dirty. As I peered uncomfortably out the window the entire inside of the train went dark. I felt my stomach take a quick jump up into my chest to hide. This is what I wanted – I kept telling myself. This doesn’t scare me. This doesn’t scare me. . . This doesn’t. . .

I stood up and grabbed my suitcase from the overhead bin – almost crushing under it’s weight. Still, with all of my travels under my belt, I have yet learned how to pack lightly. Some day I might know better. As I made my way to the light filled doors I saw a nice looking man standing there. Can I help you with your bags, mam? – he said reach his hand out towards me. I smiled, grabbed my bag in my hand and said “No thank you, I’ve got this”.

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The first thing I did after getting into the city was grab a bite to eat. Eating comfortably by ones self is the first step you need to accomplish in order to be a solo traveler. As a mom that normally ends up eating while standing up as I refill drink glasses, get a towel to clean up spilled drink and subsequently refilling the drink – this meal was a welcomed break.

At the end of my meal at a cute little street side diner, I stood up and confidently stepped out to the side of the street, lifted my arm and hailed a cab to take me to my hotel. I bent down to peer inside the window. The man driving the cab looked nice – he smiled as I opened the door to get in. Within moments of taking off from the sidewalk, however, he placed a small earbud into his ear and began speaking very softly to someone on the other end. As I watched him in his rear view mirror I would see him peer up at me- squinting as if to study my appearance. He continued to speak softly into his phone. I began to look around me to verify with myself that I had actually entered a real cab. After all, I wasn’t paying that much attention in the first place. I was just so excited that I had hailed my own cab. How could I be so stupid? I really should have paid more attention. I began to plan my exit plan just in case the cab took a turn down a road I didn’t recognize. I held on to my luggage a little tighter and prayed.

Either I wasn’t what the cab driver was looking for or I was just being way to overly paranoid, but moments later we pulled up in front of my hotel – he stopped the car and once again smiled. I paid my fare and pulled my bag out of the cab with a big thump as it hit the sidewalk. For a moment I just stood there, looked up, took a deep breath and sighed. I had made it. I rule the world.

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After getting into my room, part of me wanted to hibernate and call it a night. It was only 1pm and I had nowhere I needed to be until morning when I was scheduled to meet up with the other SoFabUOTR conference attendees. But I wasn’t about to let myself waste away my day because I felt uncomfortable. I was going to get out there and do something. I had to. So I booked a boat tour of the city and pushed myself out the door. The boat tour was really cool, BTW. If you’re ever in the area, definitely check it out.

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When morning arrived I made my way upstairs and into the conference room full of other women and a couple of men. Breakfast was being served, so I grabbed a plate and walked into the room full of tables and chairs. Flash back to high school – where should I sit? Again, I took a deep breath. “Hi, is this seat taken?” The two ladies at the table looked up at me and smiled, “No, go right ahead”.

The single day of learning went like a whirl wind. Throughout the day I challenged myself, made new friends, and felt the reward of gained confidence with every added obstacle. All around me I heard similar stories of fellow writers who were also pushing themselves down an unpaved path as I was. There were uncertainties, fears and accomplishments felt as a whole. Each one of us was on our journey alone, but together this day we found camaraderie. This is what it is all about, I thought. Finding our unique place in the world and sharing it with others.

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As the day ended with a fun ride on a double decker tour bus and a happy hour at 52Eighty, I too felt happy. I felt the internal reward of challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and open myself up to a new experience. I laughed with new friends, swapped business cards and promised to keep in touch. Then I grabbed up my bags and headed back towards to train station alone – after all, my next adventure awaited and I wasn’t about to miss it!

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Check out this fun video I made during my short time in Chicago with #SoFabUOTR. It was such a great experience. And if you want to check out SoFabUOTR writers conference for yourself – you can do so by clicking here.


Have you ever traveled alone? How did it make you feel? Tell me about it in the comments.