Ahhh, cinnomon rolls…
In my mind, they conjure thoughts of fuzzy slippers, Sunday newspapers and sticky, icing-covered fingers. Of course, before I found this recipe, my thoughts ran more along the lines of “Yeast? 2-hour rise time? No thanks.”
I HAVE made homemade cinnamon rolls previously, including one of those Cinnabon knock-off recipes– amazingly tasty but very time-intensive for breakfast. And since I’m not a morning person, the words “time-intensive” and “breakfast” do not go together very well. It was time for another solution.
Enter the 90-minute Cinnamon Roll recipe…yet another Allrecipes wonder. I made these exactly as the recipe instructed (without raisins), except I increased the cinnamon to 2 Tbs, because they just didn’t seem cinnamony enough. Next time, I might increase the entire filling quantity slightly (with a bit more butter and brown sugar as well). Otherwise, they were fantastic.
Now, don’t get me wrong: An hour-and-a-half is still a labor of love in my book, but for Mother’s Day or another such worthy occasion, its certainly doable. It doesn’t require a 3am wakeup call (I woke up at 8:30 and had these on the table by 10:45), or an attempt to make them the night before, keeping your fingers crossed that they’ll bake properly in the morning…something that always makes me nervous…but I’m still a yeast bread newbie.
Anyway, I’m not copying the recipe here since I didn’t change anything from the original, BUT I will include the frosting recipe…..YOU MUST MAKE THE FROSTING. You might as well skip the whole thing without the frosting (and this is pretty much a Cinnabon knock off). Which seems fitting since we’ll all need to go walk laps around the mall (such a weird old person activity) just to work of the calories. And on that note…Enjoy!
Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Rolls
Ices 12 rolls w/plenty of extra to serve on the side
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese (or neufachel cheese), softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until combined. Texture will be smooth and creamy. Spread on warm cinnamon rolls and serve any leftovers on the side…people always want more.