12 ounces bacon, cut into approx 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
12.4 ounce package of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough
Cook the bacon pieces until quite crisp; remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Add the macadamias to the pan and toast them briefly until they just start to color, about 1-2 minutes (be careful not to toast them too much or they’ll turn bitter.) Remove them from the pan and drain on paper towels. Mix the bacon and macadamias together.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (or whatever temperature the package directions recommend.) On a non-stick surface, carefully remove the cinnamon rolls from the package, keeping them in their original configuration. Unroll them together (side by side) on your work surface, top them with the bacon/macadamia mix, spread it out to the edges and press it firmly into place.
Working carefully and with the aid of a spreader or similar long flat tool, lift up the bottom edge of the cinnamon roll dough and re-roll it. Try to keep it as tight as possible.
Using a sharp knife, cut the cinnamon rolls apart and place them, sides touching, in a pie tin or similar baking pan that’s been coated with cooking spray. Bake for 12-16 minutes or until golden brown. Spread with softened butter and return to the oven for another minute or two. Remove and top with icing.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Doug DuCap, Hugging the Coast: a Celebration of Coastal Food, October 20, 2009