I’m sure your family is similar to mine in their love for pastries on lazy weekend mornings. Mine adore all of those gluten-filled, high-calorie, time intensive treats like scones, filled donuts, tarts, and of course…cinnamon rolls. Most weekend mornings I am not fond of being the one to get off the lazy train and be productive while everyone sits about cuddling and watching morning cartoons. So, I just don’t. Cereal it is!
But these cinnamon rolls are so easy, so fast, and so tasty that Levi or Katie will ask on a Friday night if they can make them the next morning. They have made them enough times to know that the dough needs to be taken out the night before they want them or they are flat out of luck. They ask. And the next morning the two of them can be found side by side crafting up a batch of cinnamon rolls.
Now, don’t be thinking this is a weekly event. No, a 12 year old and 17 year old don’t have weekly baking mornings. This is more of a quarterly happening. Let me tell you, though, quarterly cinnamon roll making is akin to world peace at those ages. And seeing community roll-making gives my mom ego a much-needed boost.
Do you want world peace? Do you have kids? Do you love your weekend lazy mornings? Do you want to be a better mom?
You must try these cinnamon rolls…
Now, these are not completely homemade. Notice the title “lazy baker”; completely homemade cinnamon rolls are not quick. They take a lot of time. To be a better mom, sometimes I need quick and easy. These fit the bill.
For even this quick cinnamon rolls recipe, you will need to be one day ahead of actual cinnamon roll making day. That’s because you need time for your dough to rise. That’s just the way it is. Unless you are buying a can of cinnamon rolls (nothing wrong with that!), you need to allow several hours for the rising process. We recommend taking a frozen roll out of the freezer the night before and just leaving it in the fridge overnight to defrost and start that process. Different brands of dough have different instructions, so just read the package and plan accordingly.
In this picture, we’ve added a fourth ingredient. We couldn’t help it. We love nuts in our cinnamon rolls. And we added cream cheese frosting. You could use frosting from a can (with your kids making them…suck it up and go this route. You can get one of those healthy varieties from your health-food store. Although, how healthy is frosting, really?), or one of our cream cheese frosting recipes (we have a regular version and a naturally-sweetened version). Or you could skip the frosting. But good luck talking your kids into that. After all, THEY made them, they’ll say.
And how do you argue with that?
You don’t. You just sit on the couch, with your hot coffee, under the blanket, watching cartoons, and smiling at your genius children. Knowing full well that your “good mom” ranking crept up while they weren’t paying attention!
- 1 loaf frozen bread dough (we use Rhode's sweet roll dough)
- 1 cup brown sugar (if you like, you can skip the sugar but it's highly recommended!)
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon (skip the cinnamon if you would like a bit more of a caramel roll)
- 6-8 tablespoons soft butter
- nuts (optional)
- Defrost and let your dough rise according to the directions on the loaf.
- Roll out your dough in a rectangle to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Spread your soft butter across the entire surface of the dough.
- Spread brown sugar over the butter.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on everything.
- Add nuts (optional).
- Roll your dough up into a log, sealing the edges with a bit of butter.
- Slice your rolls about 1 inch thick and place in a greased pan.
- Bake according to bread dough directions.
- Frost with cream cheese frosting.