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Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls

I’m going to apologize in advance. Why? Five words: Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls |

Have you ever been enamored by, obsessed with, or head-over-heels in love with a dessert before? Enter these nutella & toasted pecan sweet rolls. Everything else became a blur as I was shoveling forkful after forkful of sweet dough into my mouth. Ladies & Gentlemen, meet my new obsession.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls |

I’ve been in love with a lot of desserts in my lifetime, but nothing surpasses the decadence of these Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls. The dough gets slathered with a generous helping of chocolatey Nutella, then drizzled with melted butter and sprinkled with toasted pecans before getting rolled up and baked to golden brown perfection.

Be still my beating heart!

Fear of devouring the entire pan myself led me to dealing out sweet rolls at a healthy snacking party. Was I ashamed? A little. What choice did I have? It was either give them away or eat the entire pan myself.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls |

I wasn’t actually planning on making sweet rolls. They were more of a happy accident… A really delicious happy accident. Maybe even life changing. I was originally going to make my grandmother’s recipe for English muffin bread for #twelveloaves when a diligent effort to locate the recipe failed. Let’s just say I’m thankful I keep a large stock of Nutella on hand at all times.

One bite, and that’s it. You’re. In. Love! Just give yourself over to the sweet roll. You can’t fight it; why try?

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls |

The sweet mocha glaze gets drizzled on while the rolls are still warm. Oozing its way through the doughy fissures, the glaze creates a caramelized crunch on its journey to the underbelly of the rolls, ensuring each roll is perfectly coated with the gooey glaze and each bite is just as sticky and delicious as the one before it.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls |

Your chin and fingers are coated with mocha glaze, but you don’t care, because licking your fingers at the end just prolongs the sweet moment of pure bliss.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls |

Enjoy one. Enjoy two. Heck, enjoy the entire pan. Or, you know, share the sweet roll love. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls

Yield: 8 rolls

Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes



  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 package yeast
  • 4 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Nutella Filling

  • 1 cup Nutella, slightly melted (see note)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Mocha Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a large pot over medium-low heat, whisk together milk, sugar, and oil. Using a candy thermometer, heat the milk to 120 degrees F. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the warm milk mixture. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of flour. Take off the heat. Cover the pot with a towel and allow to rest, undisturbed, for 1 hour.
  2. Add the remaining 1 cup of flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to the mixture. Stir until combined. Place the lid on the pot and refrigerate until the mixture is completely cool (the dough is easier to handle if it is refrigerated).
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a large baking dish, or two pie plates or round cake pans.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 24 inches long and 10 inches wide. Drizzle the melted nutella onto the dough. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Drizzle the nutella with the melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and toasted pecans.
  5. Starting at the side furthest from you, roll the dough toward you, until it resembles a log. Pinch to seal. Turn the dough over so the seal faces the work surface. Slice into 2-inch thick rolls and place in the baking dish cut side down.
  6. Cover the baking dish with a towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown in color.
  7. Mocha Icing: In a large bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and salt. Whisk in coffee, half & half, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  8. Remove the rolls from the oven. Allow the rolls to cool for 5 minutes before drizzling on the icing. Serve warm.
  1. Heat the Nutella for 30 seconds in the microwave to create a spreadable consistency.
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29 Responses to “Nutella & Toasted Pecan Sweet Rolls”

  1. #
    Nicole @ The Daily Dish — February 27, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Oh my goodness, I will totally help you eat those. Yum!
    Jennie this recipe sounds heavenly!
    P.S. Happy accidents are the best ;)


  2. #
    Renee — February 27, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I would have to give some away too or else I would find myself getting another one of these fabulous sweet rolls perhaps a few, ahem, several times over and again.


  3. #
    Dawn Lombardo — February 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I was lucky enough to sample one.. DELICOUS!!


  4. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 27, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I would never fight it.

    They’re just…so…magical.


  5. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — February 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Never apologize for these. Ever.


  6. #
    mjskit — February 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Oh my – you are SO RIGHT! I could easily eat the whole pan! I’m surprised you manage to get these in the oven with the filling. I would probably have eaten the whole bowl of filling. WOW! What fabulous sweet rolls!


  7. #
    Jenn and Seth — February 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

    oh. my. god. these are sooooo amazing! awesome job!


  8. #
    The Ninja Baker — February 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Cinnamon rolls with a great glaze, mocha and Nutella! Oh, my goodness, Jennie, you might have to change your name to the heaven-sent baker!


  9. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Oh my! I saw your teasers on FB and was really looking forward to this recipe. It sounds fabulous, Jennie! Tempting!


  10. #
    [email protected] — February 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Oh my! I cannot wait to try these! Love the mocha glaze!


  11. #
    Susan — February 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    oh ma god. I’m in love and want a pan for myself.


  12. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — February 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Be still my beating heart – Jennie, these photos are fine art and your words are pure poetry. I love this part of your post –> “The sweet mocha glaze gets drizzled on while the rolls are still warm. Oozing its way through the doughy fissures, the glaze creates a caramelized crunch on its journey to the underbelly of the rolls, ensuring each roll is perfectly coated with the gooey glaze and each bite is just as sticky and delicious as the one before it.” Amazing! I can just imagine holding one of these soft, chocolatey, sweet little buns and stuffing it into my face.


  13. #
    Amy Tong — February 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Oh goodness, I can understand why you’ve obsessed with this beauty! I love Nutella and pecans, let them rolled up in these sweet rolls? Who can resist!? If you’re to send these babies away…please sent them my way! hahaha


  14. #
    Holly — February 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I am going to follow your lead and start stocking up on nutella. These look wonderful!!! I would eat the entire pan myself. For sure.


  15. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — February 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

    OMG, these would have to be removed immediately from my house or I wouldn’t stand a chance! :)


  16. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Hahaha. You handed these out at a healthy snack party? I bet people loved you. :D No, really. It’s good to have a little naughty mixed in with the healthy!

    They look absolutely amazing! And I know I would’ve eaten them all, too. Like in one sitting.


  17. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — February 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I am drooling over your pictures!!! This recipe is siiiick, in a good way of course!!! I just tasted Nutella for the first time last year, so I am still in the midst of a new personal obsession with it.


  18. #
    Laura Dembowski — February 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Those looks incredible! Everyone keeps making these killer sweet rolls – I need to get busy making a batch of my own. I love how you describe these too – oozing in the doughy fissures!


  19. #
    Ann — February 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I saw these on Foodgawker very very late last night. I wanted to make them right that second, but I was out of powdered sugar. They look amazing and I can’t wait to try them!


  20. #
    Carla — February 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I know one thing for sure – I’m not sharing ;)


  21. #
    [email protected] — February 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Holy cow Jennie! No apology necessary! I’ve seen lots of flavored sweet rolls before, but you know…I’ve yet to see them with nutella! And that icing just drizzling down….that is one enticing photo! You are a better woman than I…..I would not have shared these with anyone! : )


  22. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — March 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

    These look sooooooooo good! yum!!! I’ve been baking like a mad woman lately . . but now I must try this recipe! love it!


  23. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    WHOA. Wow. Hold the phone. These are the prettiest, most gorgeous sweet rolls I have EVER seen. I love nutella! And the toasted pecans! And the mocha icing! oh my GOSH! I must make these :)


  24. #
    movita beaucoup — March 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Mother of pearl! These look so unbelievably good! We’ve been banging out a lot of sweet dough at school, but none have been graced with nutella and a mocha glaze. These are a must make!


  25. #
    Jenn and Seth — March 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    this is perfection :)


  26. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 2, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Oh yes, a million times yes!!


  27. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — March 2, 2013 at 12:33 am

    These are beyond beautiful Jennie! Gorgeous photos and I’d love one of these rolls right now! :)



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