Cinnamon Sugar Knots

I’m wrapping up #CookoutWeek 2018 with a delicious treat. If you love cinnamon rolls, these 30 minute cinnamon sugar knots will not disappoint! They’re perfect for breakfast, dessert or a mid-afternoon snack. I was in the mood to do some baking and after sampling my fair share of Honey Butter from Chef Shamy, I know it would perfect to use in these knots. It really pumped up the honey and cinnamon sugar.

If you have never experimented with yeast before, this is great recipe to start with. You’ll use instant yeast and the time for rising is only 10 minutes. You’ll get a little messy with rolling the dough in the butter and cinnamon sugar, but it’s not fun baking unless you’re making a bit of a mess! 🙂

As a special thank you, Chef Shamy has provided me with a discount code, so you get to try these delicious butters too! Visit Amazon and use the code 10BUTTER10 for 10% off your order. Hurry – the code is only valid until July 4th!

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Banana Bread Maple Cinnamon Rolls

I’m on the hunt for a delicious recipe for breakfast morning on Christmas and decided to do some testing. This is the first recipe I’d tried and it was really good. Everyone loved the cinnamon rolls and the banana made them different and unique….plus I’m always looking for a way to use up over-ripe bananas. The maple glaze is amazing too!

Homemade cinnamon rolls are fairly easy to make – they take a little time and patience, but trust me… it’s so worth it!

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

So…I had originally planned to blog about these cinnamon rolls right after Christmas, but things got CRAZY! We adopted a puppy the Monday after Christmas and then it was our turn to get the sick bug. Knock on wood, I was spared, but everyone else was hit with a little something. We’re getting back on track and I thought it was finally time to share our new tradition for Christmas morning.

Before this past year, we would just have cereal or something light for breakfast before heading out to spend the rest of the day with our families. I felt like we needed to do something for just the four of us and making breakfast where we can just hang out in the kitchen and be together…our little family. It ended up being a perfect morning and going forward, I’ll be making the dough on Christmas eve with Madeline and finishing them up while we’re opening gifts the next morning.

What I loved about this recipe is that rolls are not super sweet, but adding the cream cheese frosting makes them perfect.

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Dough:
1 packet active dry yeast
2 Tbsp warm water
1 cup milk, warmed
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp melted butter

Filling:
1 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Frosting:
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
8 ozs cream cheese, softened at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

In the bowl of a stand mixture, combine the yeast and warm water. Add in the warm milk and stir in the sugar and egg. Add two cups of flour and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix using a dough hook until the batter comes together. Slowly pour in the melted butter. It should be cooled slightly. Add in the remaining 1 1/2 cup of flour and mix. The dough will be sticky to start and gradually will start to pull away from the sides of the bowl and form a ball. Add more flour until it no longer sticks to the bowl or your fingers. Cover and let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Remove the dough from the bowl and using a rolling pan and a little additional flour, roll the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick and into a rectangle about 12 by 18 inches. Softly spread the softened stick of butter over the dough and then sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon. Starting at the long edge of the dough, begin to roll it into a log. Cut the dough using a serrated knife in half. Cut each half into half again and then each quarter into three equal pieces.

Arrange the rolls spiral side up into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, remove the rolls from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature. I cheated and used the proof feature on my oven to speed up the process. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.

To make the frosting, cream together the butter and sugar using a hand mixer until smooth. On low-speed, gradually add in the powdered sugar until combined. Add in the heavy cream and mix on medium high-speed until the frosting is at your desired consistency. Serve the rolls warm with a smear of frosting.

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Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – The Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share my reveal for this month’s Secret Recipe Club! It usually takes me a couple weeks to decide on a recipe, because I always pick out way too many and then I need to narrow it down to that special one. This month was an exception! Upon receiving my assignment, Culinary Adventures with Camilla, Camilla is our group hostess and has so many unique recipes, things I’ve never heard of before. It’s so fun to see what she’s making the kitchen with her kids. She recently did 10 days of tailgating recipes – lots of great recipes over there!

I searched for something using canned pumpkin. I had almost a full can after making pumpkin pie creamer and wanted to use it up before it went bad. I found a recipe for pumpkin cinnamon rolls – SCORE! I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon rolls for awhile but hadn’t gotten around to it yet…so this was the perfect opportunity!

The recipe was simple to make and was sooo good! The pumpkin flavor was perfect, with the ooey-gooey center. I tried them without any frosting, they were good..not too sweet, perfect for a breakfast treat. My husband decided to indulge and spread cream cheese over the top and dusted with powdered sugar. He loved it and said it was the perfect “bedtime” snack. Whether you enjoy them plain or with a little something extra, you definitely need to make this recipe!

1 Tbsp active yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 cup white whole wheat flour
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 stick butter
2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar, softened to room temperature
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast, warm water and sugar. Stir and allow the yeast to bloom. After 3-5 minutes, stir in the pumpkin, flour and salt. Mix until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough for another 4-5 minutes until it becomes very elastic.

Place the dough in a clean bowl and cover with olive oil until it’s completely coated. Cover with a clean dish towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes. I used the proof function on my oven since it was cool in my kitchen when I made these. Butter and flour a round baking pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

After the dough has risen, cream together the butter, remaining two tablespoons of pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Punch the dough down and transfer to a floured surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle. Spread the pumpkin butter mixture over the dough with a off set spatula.

Starting from the long side, roll the dough up and pinch the ends to seal everything in. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 8 to 10 inch pieces, about 2 inches thick. Place the slices into the prepared pan.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the top and edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.