Amazing Cinnamon Rolls from the BBAV Cookbook

One of the most well-loved holiday traditions is baking. Whether you’re cooking for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Years, family recipes are always a must during the holiday season. Here at the Iris Inn, we certainly love our food (as you well know if you have been a guest here!), and we are happy to have contributed a few recipes to the new Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s cookbook.

One of our recipes features our highly requested “Amazing Cinnamon Rolls,” which we make with a handy little “shortcut,” a package of frozen biscuits. And so, we present this recipe to you in hopes that it delights your taste buds enough that you simply have to have the entire cookbook. (If you would like more in depth information about the cookbook, check out one of the BBAV’s latest blog entries)


1 (26.4 oz.) package frozen biscuits

¼ cup butter, softened

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup chopped pecans, toasted

1 cup posdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Arrange frozen biscuits, with sides touching, in 3 rows or 4 biscuits on a lightly floured surface. Let stand 30 to 45 minutes or until biscuits are thawed but still cool to the touch. (May defrost in refrigerator overnight.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle thawed biscuits lightly with flour. Press biscuit edges together, and pat to form a 10×12-inch rectangle of dough; spread evenly with softened butter. In a bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over butter. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over brown sugar mixture. Roll up, starting at one of the long ends; cut into 12 1-inch-thick slices. Place rolls onto lightly greased 10-inch round or 9-inch square pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center rolls are golden brown and done; cool slightly.

Stir together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract; drizzle evenly over rolls.