I’m just getting around to posting what I gave away as neighbor gifts this Christmas. The thing is, I think they’d be marvelous any time of the year. They’d be perfect for Valentines Day breakfast, or maybe even to freeze and have on hand for when you need to take some din-din to someone. Usually my Christmas neighbor gifts are loaves of bread from Great Harvest. I love to give that away, but this year I wanted those I love to know I REALLY love them. I spent the better part of 2 mornings making these cinnamon rolls.
My regular roll recipe is always dang good. The rolls fluff up nice and pretty, and they taste delish, but I thought I’d try The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for cinnamon rolls. They are kind of like her thing. I’ve seen her make them on Good Morning America and so they much be tasty. Well the first day I made a triple batch of these lovely little rolls. It was some serious dough making at my house. We mixed and rested, rolled, and cut. After making about 8 pans with about 8 or 9 cinnamon rolls in each I was actually a little disappointed. Actually I was ticked. The rolls didn’t rise hardly at all, and to me they looked like little nubs. I almost chucked a pan out the door. I have a tendency to get quite emotional when my food doesn’t turn out the way I wanted it. I thought I had wasted a whole day making yucky stuff.
Well they looked cute when they were all wrapped up in cellophane and bows, but I wasn’t happy. We delivered the pans anyway. I didn’t have any other choice. I had one pan left over that first day, and Emma and I decided to taste one of the little rolls. I had no expectations at all. But then I tasted it. It was good! Dang good! Like lick the pan good! Emma was in cinnamon swirly heaven as well. I think it was the frosting. I usually just glaze my cinnamon rolls, but this recipe calls for baptism. Seriously. The rolls were swimming, but within 30 minutes or so the frosting had soaked in and made the most amazing cinnamon rolls. Thank you dear Pioneer Woman! I loved your buns, and I will make them forever and ever, and I may just take credit for them too. Only to my friends and family:) Kidding:) They may not rise the way you think they should, but darn it……….they are gooooood!
Enjoy friends! The perfect excuse is coming up in about 3 weeks.