Copycat Recipe: Cinnabon Caramel Pecanbon

I love, love cinnamon rolls.  Trying to make these from scratch is time consuming.  Trying to buy these from the world famous Cinnabon restaurant can be a bit pricey.   So I have created a much faster and cheaper version and I am sure you will agree.  I also did the math on these for calorie content.  Surprising!!!

Cinnamon Roll Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup, Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 2 tbsp, Butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tbsp, Honey
  • 1/2 cup, Pecans (toasted and chopped)


  • 1 can, 8 large-size Buttermilk Biscuits (reduced fat)
  • 1/4 cup, Sugar (granulated)
  • 1 tsp, Cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 tbsp, Butter (melted)


  • 1/3 cup, Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 tsp, Milk (lowfat)

Cinnamon Rolls Preparation Directions

{Step 1} Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

{Step 2} In a small saucepan, heat the topping ingredients: brown sugar, butter, honey and 1 tbsp of water over medium heat until smooth.

{Step 3} Pour the topping mixture into a 9-inch round cake pan and sprinkle the pecans over the mixture.

{Step 4} Place the biscuits on top of the pecans, with the sides touching.

{Step 5} In a small bowl combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon (for Buns).  Brush each biscuit with melted butter and then sprinkle with the sugar mixture.

{Step 6} Bake for 20 minutes or until tops of biscuits are brown.  Remove from oven and immediately invert onto wire rack with foil underneath to catch drips.  Cool slightly.

{Step 7} In small bowl, whisk together glaze ingredients and drizzle over rolls and serve warm.

Calorie Comparison for One Bun

Cinnabon: ~ 1,080 calories | At Home: ~ 372 calories

Restaurant At Home Comparison

At Home: $2.40 total (8 servings)

Cinnabon: $3.69 each = $29.52 (8 servings)

That's a calorie savings of around 29% and a DIY savings of 87%!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on June 13, 2011


  • Old Cook - June 14, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    Yummy! I love cinnamon. The best thing in the world is a warm sticky gooey cinnamon roll. This looks delicious!

  • Stacy - June 16, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    Yum! These look really tasty and I am so impressed with the reduced calorie count. Wow!

  • Cherrish - January 08, 2012 @ 2:06 am

    The best way to do the topping is to mix it all together, then put in the bottom of your baking pan. Put in the fridge to cool and set. Then, put all the biscuits on top of the topping mix, and bake it all together. When the biscuits are done, flip the whole pan over onto another pan, cookie sheet or whatever.

    I used to work at Cinnabon in high school, that’s how its done there. Its less mess, because you end up only cleaning the pan you baked in.

  • max - October 23, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    I made changes: I took the biscuit dough and sliced it as I roll it away from me. It should look like a long breadsticks. Spread butter and cinnamon sugar over the dough. roll the dough back up so they look like a tube. slice dough into cinnabons and place in pan. Butter each bun and sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar and bake. They were the best

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