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Recipe Club: Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hi! Happy Wednesday!!
I am so, so excited to be joining my friends Johannah and Heather for their new Recipe Club link-up!!
I shared this "recipe" here on the blog almost exactly a year ago...but it is one of our family favorites- so it deserves a repeat posting :) This is a "semi-homemade" recipe...while I make/bake many things from scratch, I have no problem using some store bought ingredients to help me make a recipe easier!
First- roll out your crescent rolls onto a smooth surface. Spread a generous amount of butter or margarine- probably 4-5 tablespoons (I use margarine just because it is softer and easier to spread) over the crescent roll dough.
(please don't judge my STELLAR food photography skills...I took these pictures at 6 am yesterday morning when I was making a batch of cinnamon rolls to bring to my doctor's office and the lighting was HORRIBLE! :)
Then- sprinkle 1/4 cup white sugar over entire, buttered dough, then sprinkle cinnamon over the sugar.  You can adjust the amount of cinnamon to your liking- I would say about 2 tablespoons.
Roll up 2 rectangle crescent doll pieces at a time, length wise, and cut into equal sized pieces. (By rolling up two rectangles together- it makes a nice, full roll :)
Put rolls in a greased dish- I like to line my foil for super easy clean up!
Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees (based on your oven).
I used to buy the icing in a can- which is very yummy- but doesn't have the best ingredients in it.  For the last couple of years, I have just started making my own cream cheese icing!  
I make a huge batch and freeze it (YES! It freezes beautifully!) in small containers for when I make cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, or a cake.  It is SO easy to make!
I know there are a lot of recipes for cream cheese icing out there- but I think this one is pretty darn tasty! :)  And I use the term "recipe" loosely since I don't have exact measurements for all the ingredients! HA!

I get all my ingredients at Aldi- so if you shop there- this is what you will need!
Cream Cheese Icing
1- 8 oz block of cream cheese (I use 1/3 less fat and you can't taste the difference!)- softened
1 stick unsalted butter- softened (use REAL unsalted butter for this- NOT margarine!)
1- 2 pound bag of powdered sugar (don't worry you won't use the WHOLE 2 pounds- HA!)
splash of vanilla extract (if you don't have any- it is not a huge deal)

In your mixer, beat softened cream cheese and butter together, until it is smooth and they are incorporated well together.  Then start to add powdered sugar.  This is where it gets kind of tricky- because I do not have an exact measurement of how much powdered sugar I put in the icing.  I just add a couple of cups, mix on medium speed, then add another couple of cups, mix again, ect.  It is totally up to how you prefer the taste and texture of your icing as to how much powdered sugar you put in. I put in about 1 2/3 lb of a 2 pound bag.  Once I have added all of my powdered sugar, I drizzle a couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract into the icing and then beat the icing on high to make it nice and fluffy.  
Then, I like to taste at least a couple of times to make sure it is super delicious- HA! 
This stuff is addictive!! :)

To ice our cinnamon rolls, I put some cream cheese icing in a bowl and add a splash of milk to it, so that I can thin it out almost to a glaze like consistency.  Since the icing and the cinnamon rolls are so sweet, a little icing goes a long way!

Here is what the semi-homemade cinnamon rolls look like, out of the oven, with some cream cheese icing drizzled over them!  
They are YUM!!
My family LOVES these! They get so excited if I tell them I am making cinnamon rolls for breakfast :) They are seriously SO easy and take no time at all!
If you end up making a batch- make sure to let me know what you think!! :)

Hope you have the BEST day!

15 comments:

  1. Those look heavenly! My family loves cinnamon rolls! I will for sure being try this recipe! Thank you for linking up with us sweet friend!! :)

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    1. I can guarantee your family will love them Heather!! :)

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  2. Looks delicious! I need to try this sometime. I'm not sure if you know this but I thought I'd share. Margarine is very bad for you. It's the way they make it. Even worse than real butter. I have always used butter but some in my family prefer something softer sometimes it's easy to spread. We buy "Earth Balance" spread if you're interested to try something healthier. Just thought you might want to know.

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    1. Thanks so much for the tip Steph!! I definitely know margarine isn't healthiest thing on the planet...but we try to do everything in moderation at our house. I am pretty sure Aldi has a version of the "Earth Balance" spread you are talking about- I am definitely going to check it out! :)

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  3. Oh my gosh Justine! These look heavenly! And now I want a cinnamon roll for breakfast! haha! Thank you for linking up with us today =)

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    1. They really are yummy!! And would be perfect paired with an Almond joy iced coffee!! ;)

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    2. LOL, yes it would be! haha =)

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  4. Ummmm YUM!!! So good - we will for sure try these at our house on a weekend or special day off!!

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  5. These look amazing...I think they'll be our Sunday morning breakfast this weekend!

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    1. Oh yes girl- make them!! I am sure Stephen (and you!!) will love them! :)

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  6. Oh sweetie you make me want to totally break my lifestyle and eat these like a crazed woman! I know they are sooo good and my how divine they look! My next cheat day you better believe will be whipping up a batch! xoxox

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    1. HAHA!! I know all too well about that!! They are very hard to resist- so definitely save them for a day you can splurge!! With a cup of coffee and some fresh fruit- they are the perfect "cheat" for breakfast!! :)

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  7. Genius idea!! I love that your recipe is a quick way to make cinnamon rolls. It takes forever to let the yeast rise and go through the whole homemade process. I'm keeping your recipe in mind the next time we need cinnamon rolls FAST. Thanks for sharing your recipe :) I also love you idea of making a big batch of icing and freezing it. Smart lady. I'm going to have to give that a try with my go to icing recipe.

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  8. Wow! These were yummy and super easy! I used your recipe for our Father's Day breakfast. Big hit! Thanks for sharing! I love your blog. Your down-to-earth style of writing as is your great attitude towards parenting so many littles. :)

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    1. I am SO happy you made them and liked them!! So fun!! And thank you so much for your kind words :) I really appreciate it!!

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