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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cheater Cinnamon rolls

You know, Pinterest is a wonderful resourse for so many things creative. There is so much inspiration to find there. (What? Not on Pinterest? Jump on the wagon, here.) I love finding recipes there that I don't know that I would have otherwise. I have definitely had some Pinterest recipe fails (Hello, black bean brownies!) but this was an epic win! So without further ado,

Cinnamon Roll Muffins:

1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour

5 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla and egg. Add the buttermilk, then the flour. Stir until thoroughly combined. Note: the recipe calls for 3 to 3.5 cups of flour, I needed to use all 3.5 cups.)
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two. Roll the dough into a 12-inch by 24-inch rectangle. Spread with butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Roll the dough into a log beginning with the wide side. Stretch the log slightly as you roll to keep a tight seam. Cut the log in half, then each half in half again. Cut each quarter into three equal pieces until you have 12 total rolls. Place them in a greased muffin pan spiral side up.
Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the muffins to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove them from pans to a cooling rack.  Combine ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top.

Homemade cinnamon rolls take quite a bit of time, worth it, albeit, but still, time that many of us don't have. This recipe is so completely easy. It goes together in no time flat so this weekend there will be no excuse for Pillsbury!
Oh, and in case you're wondering, I found this recipe by Ruby Glen via Sprinkled with Flour. Definitely check out Sprinkled with Flour. Amber has an amazing blog and her post on this recipe is beautiful with step by steps pics.


  1. Yum, I might make these tomorrow morning for breakfast. So, the black bean brownies are a no go huh? Good thing you said that because I have them pinned and waiting :)

  2. The black bean brownies were truly terrible! They said they'd be rich and fudgey and not taste like beans. They lied. Like, seriously lied.