Recipe: Cheat Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Growing up, my mom would occasionally make these ginormous homemade cinnamon rolls.  They were so delicious – sugary, cinnamon treats the size of softballs!

Since I don’t have the time or patience to make dough from scratch like my mom did… I cheat. I use premade dough balls.  (You can buy them at Trader Joes, Harris Teeter, Super Walmart.)

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Cheat Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
2 balls of bread/pizza dough (I find in the deli section)
1/3 stick of butter – melted
brown sugar

Preaheat oven to 400′. Flour the dough and spread some on your surface.  Roll out your dough into a rectangle.  (I don’t have a rolling pin so I just used a wine bottle and it worked great!)  Once it’s about a 1/4 in thick, spread the surface with melted butter and then sprinkle on the ground cinnamon, sugar and brown sugar. Make sure you have a nice coat on there.  Starting on the long side, begin rolling up. Once in a log shape, cut into 2 inch sections.

Pinterest trick:  Growing up my mom always used a piece of thread to cut her cinnamon rolls. Knives often squish the bread, but if you slide a piece of thread under the log where you want to cut it and then cross the thread across each other (almost like you were going to start tying your shoe) and pull right through the dough, it makes the perfect tool for slicing the fragile dough.

Sit rolls upright in a greased 9×13 baking dish.  Two dough balls made about 24 rolls.

Serve warm.

(And if you want mix a little milk (about a tbsp) with 1/4 c of powdered sugar and throw some glaze on top if you want some extra delicious sugary sweetness!)


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