New Cinnamon Roll Recipe!

I was given a new CINNAMON ROLL recipe to try out..touted to reign supreme above all others. Well...they WERE pretty tasty but I'd tweak things a bit next go 'round. And let's face it..there WILL be another go 'round, likely sooner than later! This family LOVES cinnamon rolls!

First, I'd go with a dough from scratch. The recipe calls for a hot roll boxed mix. Easy but just not. the. same. Ya know? There's nothing like slowly building the ingredients and that yeasty smell...

I had to make a caramel sauce for the base of the pan and I've never done this before. It made for a slightly gooey bottom to the rolls. I'm persnickety and not sure I like the texture of that optimally. Think I might cut the caramel recipe in half for less sauce on the bottom and see how that goes.

Then we have the adding of other key ingredients.. I used some Penzey's Chinese Cassia Cinnamon instead of generic (my norm). I'd scored several brand new Penzey spices at a garage sale a month or so ago, and boy- is this cinnamon delicious!! SUCH flavor! I didn't expect much of a difference but I was pleasantly surprised.

After the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon were GENEROUSLY spread over the dough- I rolled it up then used my weapon of choice to slice off each roll... floss. I would recommend you use UNflavored floss for this. Bubble gum or mint flavor just doesn't jive in this case. Now the rolls rise for a little bit... you could go ahead and floss your teeth while you wait...recycle, reuse and all that...

Lovingly put in the oven and keep peeking in on the rolls as they rise and turn golden.
Set out to cool and make an icing to pour over while the rolls are still warm. I'd add more cream cheese to this next time too.. I didn't taste it as I put the ingredients together and was too eager to dig into a roll, I guess. Next time I'll give a taste or two until it truly tastes like Cinnabon-style, as I like that best!

Here's the recipe in case you'd like to try it yourself! They ARE pretty tasty!


1 box Pillsbury hot roll mix
1 T. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
chopped nuts, optional

Caramel Sauce:
1/3 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. vanilla ice cream

1 oz. cream cheese
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. milk

Melt 1/3 c. butter, add 1/2 c. brown sugar and vanilla ice cream in saucepan. Bring to boil, then cook additional 2 minutes. Pour caramel in 9x13 pan to coat bottom. Make hot roll mix according to instructions, and use the side cinnamon roll recipe on the side of the box. After kneading, roll into a ball and let rise for 5 minutes under a warm bowl. Roll out dough in large rectangle and spread softened butter over dough. Follow with crumbling of brown sugar and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Roll up and cut into rolls. Place rolls on top of caramel in pan, let rise for 45 minutes. Bake at 350 (the roll mix box says 375 but I went with the recipes 350degrees) degrees for 20-25 minutes. Top with icing while still warm! DIG. IN.

If you try it, let me know what you think!



"m" said...

Funny, I didn't see this one in my biggest loser cookbook! :)

Lisa said...

I think I might have to give this a try!! Loved all your comments too, made me laugh, something I love to do.