Easy Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

These cinnamon rolls are near and dear to my heart. Well, all of my desserts are, but this one is extra special because my it is another throwback to my childhood… Just like the sweet memories with my Aunt’s Puppy Chow (a chocolate and peanut butter crunchy snack for humans – you can read more about that here.)

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I can recall memories of my mother making  these cinnamon rolls as a morning treat. We always looked forward to it. I had no idea how she did it at the time, but we knew we loved it.  Until now, I hadn’t had one of her cinnamon rolls in years, however, I never forgot about them.

So, one morning I surprised my mom with the idea of making her cinnamon rolls for a post and that I needed her help. I wanted it to taste exactly like it did back in the day. She smiled and kind of laughed, but I know she liked the idea. She had actually forgotten about them and was delighted to teach me.

We got to work, figured out some measurements, added a few desired ingredients and BOOM! We made cinnamon rolls.  Who knew it would be so easy! Not everything has to be from scratch.

We used the pack of biscuit dough pictured below…

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I also tried it with similar biscuits from other brands and it worked just as well.

The biscuits come in 8 pre-cut slices, so we flattened each piece with my fingers into a square. It doesn’t have to be perfectly shaped.

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Or you can cut each biscuit in pieces  I like I did below. (Click here if you want to do this way)

Then I melted the butter and combined it with cinnamon, dark brown sugar, and a splash of my homemade Tahitian Vanilla Brandy extract to create a paste. Yeeeesssss, honey!

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I lined an 8×8 in. glass pan with parchment paper and spread the cinnamon sugar paste along the bottom. I made twice the amount provided in the recipe below but you do not have to make that much. I definitely had some left over, even after slapping it all over the pan and biscuits.

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Added pecans…

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Spread the paste and added more pecans to each piece of dough…

Rolled each dough and sliced in half…

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Then, I placed each roll in the pan and covered it with more cinnamon sugar paste.  (I really loaded it here, this is optional)

I baked it at the temperature displayed on the container, for about 20-25 minutes, until the rolls were golden brown.

Once I removed the rolls from the oven, I let it set for about 3 minutes.  While the rolls were still warm, I spread cream cheese frosting over the top and served immediately.

 Man, I want one of these right now. Haha!

These rolls can easily be adapted with ingredients like chopped granny Smith apples, orange zest, walnuts instead of pecans, sweet potato… What else can you see with these? The options are endless.

 Go ahead! I know you want some. Try it and tell me what you think. Would you prefer the rolls or small pieces you can pull apart?

 

Peace and Love!

Yasmin

 

Cinnamon Rolls

  • Servings: 16 mini rolls
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Credit: Yasmin for BloomingAugust.com

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

1 pack of Grand’s biscuits

1/3 cup of salted butter (melted)

2 teaspoons of  ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar (packed)

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup of salted butter (half stick – softened)

4  oz cream cheese (softened)

1.5 cups of powdered sugar

Splash of fresh Orange Juice (optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Cinnamon Rolls

Preheat oven according recommended temperature on the pack of biscuits. 

  1. Melt the butter and combine with cinnamon, dark brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until it forms a paste.
  2. Open the biscuit container and place each piece on parchment paper. Flatten each biscuit dough into a square.
  3. Spread the cinnamon sugar paste over the bottom of the pan and on each dough. Add pecans if desired.
  4. Roll each piece of dough and slice in half.
  5. Place each piece in the pan and cover with a little more of the cinnamon sugar paste and pecans.
  6. Bake according to the instructions on the package. (or until golden brown) – approximately 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let it sit for 3-5 minutes before you add the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Combine softened butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, (orange juice, if using), and add in powdered sugar one cup at a time to prevent making a mess. Beat until completely smooth.
  2. Spread on top of cinnamon rolls while warm and let it melt.
  3. Feel free to make this ahead of time and keep it in the freezer or refrigerator until you’re ready for the rolls.
  4. Save the leftover frosting for next time.

Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

 

 

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