Happy Food: Mini Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

mini cinnamon rollsHow does cinnamon affect you? They say that it’s a very healthy spice, and while I’m sure that’s true, cinnamon usually has another kind of positive effect on many people. Its smell and taste evoke the atmosphere of Christmas. This is certainly true for me. I just love the aroma of baking with cinnamon. Cinnamon rolls also happen to be a personal happy food of mine as they bring memories of breakfast at my aunt’s home in Fresno. There were always sinfully delectable gooey buns/cinnamon rolls glazed with cream cheese frosting from Costco. I hear they’re not available anymore, so that somehow motivated me even more to bake some myself. 🙁 Anyway, I initially had the inspiration to make homemade ones when I passed by a Cinnabon and saw an employee making a batch. It didn’t look hard to do at all. So, anyway, the other day, I finally got around to making some. It only took me about 9 months to get around to it, hee.

This is the recipe I used (as usual, no yeast since I’m scared of the thing — I have, in fact, used it in the past to make bread, but haven’t mustered the courage lately to use some again):

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Filling
4 T butter
1 C brown sugar
3 t cinnamon

Dough
2 C flour
2 T sugar
4 t baking powder
1 t salt
3 T butter
1/2 C milk

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 T butter, softened
1/4 C cream cheese
1 C powdered sugar
1/4 t vanilla extract
dash of salt

Make the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to form a kind of coarse paste. Spread about half of the mixture over the bottom of a 9×9 pan.
For the dough, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter. Gradually stir in milk to form a soft dough. Divide dough into 4 balls. Roll out each into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread filling on the rolled out dough, and then roll dough up into a coil. Cut length of dough into 6 small pieces (up to you really how big and how many you want to make). Place on top of filling in the 9×9 pan.
Bake for 15-20 mins at 400°F.
For frosting, combine butter and cream cheese. Gradually stir in powdered sugar. Add vanilla and salt. Dollop over rolls while they’re still warm. Recipe makes 2 dozen mini rolls.

mini cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

Do you know those Costco gooey buns I’m talking about? Do you prefer a simple milk and sugar glaze on your cinnamon roll instead of actual frosting? Anyway, cinnamon rolls are best eaten while warm and fresh from the oven, in my opinion. Ours certainly didn’t last long. Next time, I’ll try adding chocolate syrup just like they do at Cinnabon. Btw, these make great tea fare too.

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