Sunday, December 13, 2020

Pecan Pie Bombs + Video

Pecan pie bombs combine gooey, nutty filling with tender rolls and sticky caramel drizzle. Make this dessert bread in just three easy steps!

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Not only is this poppable treat delicious for the holidays, but you can easily enjoy them all year round.

All of the ingredients are easy to find, and you probably have most of them in your pantry already!

If you want something a little fancier, there are plenty of other pecan pie desserts to choose from.

Pecan Pie Bars are another great option for your dessert table since they don’t require any utensils.

Delicious filling is spread over a shortbread crust for an easy treat that can be made in advance or even at the last minute!

Pecan Pie Christmas Cracker Toffee makes plenty for neighborhood gifts, and you only need five simple ingredients.

Or, get a little boozy with a Bourbon Pecan Pie Martini. It’s smooth, creamy, and tastes like dessert in a glass.

dessert bread ingredients

How To Make Pecan Pie Bombs

Once the frozen dinner rolls have thawed to room temperature, you can make this dessert in just 30 minutes!

Just spoon some homemade filling into the center of the flattened rolls and pinch them shut.

Place them in a single layer in a baking dish and top with melted butter and brown sugar. This gives them a lovely caramelized crust.

Then, bake until soft and fluffy and top with more pecans and caramel drizzle.

pecan pie topping

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Thaw the rolls first! Make sure to take out the frozen dough well before starting the recipe. It’s perfectly safe to let them thaw on the counter, or pop the package in the refrigerator the night before so you don’t forget.
  • Flatten the dough. Use your hands to stretch out the dough into a flat disc, similar to pizza crust. You can also use a rolling pin or even a tortilla press.
  • Make your own caramel sauce. All you need are 4 ingredients and 6 minutes to make a delicious drizzle right at home!
  • Need to make these in advance? Once the mini pecan pie desserts are in the baking dish, cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Then, add the butter and brown sugar to the top and bake as directed.
filled dough

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • 8x8 Pan - Really, any 2-quart baking dish will work just fine. Or use a baking sheet if you want individual bites instead.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • Small wooden dowel rolling pin - Perfect for small jobs like making TSRI’s bombs! It’s also great for noodles, dumplings, and turnovers, and it even has a ruler on the rolling pin.
dough balls with brown sugar on top

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Do pecan pie bombs need to be refrigerated?

Once baked, it’s best to keep these chilled if you won’t be eating them all right away.

Keep them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Reheat in the microwave using half power in bursts or in the oven at 325°F until warmed through. If frozen, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Close up of pecan pie bombs

What is the best dough to use for dessert bread? I like to use Rhodes frozen rolls to make all of my bomb recipes, but any brand should work just fine as long as they aren’t seasoned or flavored.

You can also use refrigerated tubes of dough for biscuits, crescents, or pizza if you’d like! Fresh homemade dough will also work if you have the time to make that first.

stack of dessert bread


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stack of Pecan Pie Bombs

Dessert Bread Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this page.

Yield: 12
Author: Donna Elick
Pecan Pie Bombs

Pecan Pie Bombs

Pecan pie bombs combine gooey, nutty filling with tender rolls and sticky caramel drizzle. Make this dessert bread in just three easy steps!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 50 Min


  • 12 white dinner roll dough balls, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • Flour for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Take the frozen dinner rolls out to thaw. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl add 1 cup of the pecans, egg, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons of the butter, stir to combine.
  3. Grease an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. 
  4. Once the dough is thawed, lightly dust a clean work surface and roll out or use your hands to form the dough balls into a flat circle about 4 inches wide. 
  5. Add about 1 tablespoon of the pecan filling. Gather the dough around the filling and pinch the seams together. Gently roll into a ball and place it into the baking dish seam side down. 
  6. Repeat with the remaining dough balls and filling. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  7. While the bombs are baking, add the remaining ½ cup of the pecans and the caramel sauce to a small bowl, stir to combine. Let the bombs cool slightly and add the caramel topping to serve.

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Originally published December 2020

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  1. I have everything I need to make these....dough is thawing now! Yummmm

  2. These look great! Do you think you could use crescent rolls instead?

  3. I do not see how to access the video. The recipe looks yummy!


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