Apricot Pecan Cinnamon Sweet Rolls

Sorry for the hiatus folks! Classes started, I took two days outta town, and minorly freaked out over my predicted stress levels for this semester. I’ll write a more in depth update after this post! There has been a lot to write about, both publicly and privately, and taking some time to post a recipe for these to-die-for rolls will to just the trick to reset me after some homework.

Not going to lie- these are not easy. These are not healthy. And they are not fast. BUT if you have the time to make yourself a perfect weekend treat then these I would definitely recommend! Best of course right out of the oven, I’ve enjoyed them both at room temperature and reheated since!

They came from this book, a Christmas gift from David’s parents (hopefully you’ll hear about this book again!):

This is what you need:

  • package frozen biscuits
  • package dried apricots (about a cup)
  • all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly pressed packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place your frozen biscuits on a floured surface, with all the sides touching. I had to leave mine here for about an hour until they were thawed enough to mold with my hands! During this time I boiled water, and poured enough over top of the apricots to cover them. Let stand about ten minutes, and then drain and chop up the apricots (I did mine in little strips!) Also at this time mix together your cinnamon and brown sugar!

the cinnamon brown sugar mixture, apricots, and measured out pecans!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle flour on the biscuits and press the edges together till they make a rectangle, about 10 by 12 inches. Spread the butter over top of your dough, then sprinkle on the cinnamon and brown sugar. Sprinkle on your apricots and pecans after that, trying to make it as even as possible! It looks like a surprisingly amount of fillings- aka a lot!

OKAY NOW THESE NEXT FEW STEPS- THEY SUCK. CONSIDERED YOURSELF WARNED! Starting at the long end of the rectangle, roll up the whole thing. You may have to use both hands, your elbow, a spatula, a massive knife, your neighbor…

I’d recommend a tighter roll than what I ended up with

Once you have your roll, cut it into slices (about 12, could do less or more depending on the size of your pan) and place them in a greased 9 inch round cake pan. YOU GUYS, THIS IS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH CRAP IN THEM. IT ALL. FALLS. OUT. You can smush some fillings back in, and may need to smush a few of them together to get them to all fit!

the aftermath

Place in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, although baking times may vary. Do dishes and clean the counters the ENTIRE time these babies are in the oven. If you have a second, whip together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract for the icing! I found it made quite a bit, and if I made these again I would probably cut the icing proportions in half.

Once they come out of the oven, your entire kitchen will smell heavenly. You will almost forget the torture of trying to put them together. Drizzle the icing over top when they are warm if you want it to melt and spread (what I did, and would do again!) or what until they have cooled and drizzle in a nice neat line.

From this…

To this!

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