I have been on a life long quest for find and eat the world’s best cinnamon roll. I can instantly tell by looking at one if I will like it or not. No need to waste my time on those store-bought ones that pop out of a can- give me homemade or give me death.
Even though my love for cinnamon rolls flows deep in my veins, baking is not my forte…YET! (I’m working on it, guys!) I found this recipe for “semi homemade” cinnamon rolls using frozen bread loafs and it does all the hard work for you! You just lay 3 loaves out on your counter and once they are thawed you roll them out into a rectangle. After many attempts and utter fails with my own homemade dough, this recipe is a win. ALWAYS. Seriously, so foolproof. So delish. Here’s how I did it.
Happy baking, friends!
- 3 loaves of frozen bread dough, thawed (it comes 5 to a bag at my Walmart)
- 8 tablespoons of butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons of cinnamon
- butter icing glaze (recipe below)
- Thaw three loaves of frozen bread dough in the refrigerator or on the counter (there are directions for thawing on the bag). Allow the thaw dough to rise for 2-3 hours in a warm area covered with a kitchen towel.
- Once thawed, flour your work surface and roll the three loaves into one big rectangle.
- Spread softened butter on your rolled out dough.
- Sprinkle sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon over the dough.
- Roll up the dough into a log, starting from the bottom up.
- Slice into 2-inch thick rolls, using dental floss or a serrated knife.
- Place cut rolls into a greased/buttered pan, or greased jumbo muffin tin.
- Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise 1-2 hours in a warm area. If you are preparing the night before and baking in the morning, keep them in the refrigerator and let them rise about 1 hour before baking.
- When the rolls have doubled in size, bake them at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until they begin to brown.
- Top with Butter Icing Glaze.
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- powdered sugar
- Melt butter with milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Add powdered sugar until the glaze is the right consistancy – it should pour, but not be runny. The heat from the cinnamon rolls will help the glaze to melt over them easily.