This cranberry-pecan cinnamon roll recipe is a cinch to put together—there's no kneading and no rolling of any dough. These rolls are baked in a muffin tin and are already perfectly portioned, making them great for a morning treat or as part of a brunch menu.

Cranberry-Pecan Cinnamon Roll

Preparation time 30 m

Ready In 1 h

Ingredients (Serves 12)

  • Ingredients 12 servings

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup or light corn syrup

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries (see Tips)

  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans

  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour (see Tips)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 cup cold buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.

  2. Combine melted butter, brown sugar, brown rice syrup (or corn syrup), cranberries, pecans and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Divide among the muffin cups, spreading about 1 tablespoon in the bottom of each.

  3. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and the remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Add cold butter and, using two knives (or your fingertips), cut (or crumble) the butter until it's the size of small peas. Drizzle with buttermilk and oil; stir just until combined. Spoon the batter on top of the cranberry mixture, using about 2 tablespoons for each.

  4. Bake rolls until lightly brown around the edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edges of each to loosen. Place a large serving tray over the pan and invert the rolls onto it. Spoon any topping left in the pan onto the rolls. Serve warm.

  5. Tips: To make quick work of chopping cranberries, place whole berries in a food processor and pulse a few times until the berries are coarsely chopped.