When you want cinnamon rolls, but don’t want to take the time to make the dough, this is a recipe to satisfy that cinnamon roll craving without the long wait. The dough is already made, all you have to do is let it thaw and roll out, now that’s easy! You can have that cinnamon roll smell coming out of your oven in no time. The only wait time is for the cinnamon rolls to rise after you put then together…which might be 1 to 2 hours…I know, I know, there is some wait time, but not nearly as long as it would be if you had to make the dough.
In the photo below, I doubled my recipe so I could make giant cinnamon rolls, but they will be great the normal size also. Don’t make the mistake I did when I first made these cinnamon rolls and forget to let the rolls rise before baking!! You have got to let them rise…I know, you want to eat them in a hurry, you want to eat them now, not later! Patience is a virtue as they say, and these will be worth the wait!
Happy Cinnamon Roll Baking!
1 loaf of ready dough, thawed (I used Ready Dough by Bridgford)
4 Tablespoons melted butter
½ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup chopped nuts or raisins
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to a 10” x 12” cookie sheet or cutting board into a rectangle. Spread dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Mix sugar, nuts/raisins and cinnamon together. Set aside 2 tablespoons sugar mixture for use later. Sprinkle sugar mixture over dough.
Beginning with 12” side, roll dough tightly in a jelly-roll fashion. Cut dough into 12 pieces. Place pieces in a lightly-greases 13” x 9” cake pan or into a 12-cavity muffin pan. Brush tops with 1 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top.
Let rolls rise until double in size. (For breakfast, rolls can be assembled the evening before, then loosely covered with plastic wrap and placed in the refrigerator to rise over night).
Bake in a 350F oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn out of pan immediately to cool on a wire rack. Brush with remaining melted butter. Ice cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing while rolls are still warm.
Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Buns
1 8-oz package of cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons milk
Mix all ingredients together till creamy and spread on top warm cinnamon rolls.