Always on the lookout for quick easy tasty recipes I was intrigued when I discovered this cinnamon rolls recipe that called for frozen bread dough, instead of homemade.
Last winter while living in northern Wisconsin I did a side-by-side comparison. Since skiing, snow-shoeing, and ice fishing aren’t my thing, I spent a lot of time cooking and baking. It was the perfect way to stay warm and lift my spirits with the powerful scents of sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
In my side-to-side comparison I made two batches of cinnamon rolls - one using frozen bread dough and the other homemade dough from scratch. While the homemade dough was slightly more tender my husband and I agreed that the difference wasn’t great enough to justify the additional time and energy, especially for busy cooks on the lookout for easy cinnamon rolls recipes.
I made these again a few days ago, letting them rise in the refrigerator overnight and baking them off early, before turning the oven on and heating the kitchen up is the last thing I want to do in the middle of summer here in Phoenix.
Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
1 pound white bread dough, thawed, risen to almost double in size
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish. Combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until well blended and set aside.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is approximately 12×9 inches in size. Spread the dough with melted butter and cover with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Roll up like a jellyroll beginning with the short side. Pinch the seam to seal and place the seam side down. Cut into 9 equally sized rolls and place in the prepared pan cut side up. Sprinkle any filling that escaped over the rolls.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until 1.5 to 2 times their original size, about 30 to 40 minutes. Alternatively let them rise in the refrigerator until doubled (up to 12 hours) and remove from the fridge while the oven preheats.
Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until they are golden browned and puffed. Let cool briefly and then spread or drizzle with icing.
Icing for Easy Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon butter or cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons milk or cream (or more to achieve desired consistency)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Beat together with whisk, wooden spoon or electric mixer.
This Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe makes 9 cinnamon rolls.