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.

Tea Fare: Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, Plus My Loot from Dainty Mom

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in Paper Chic Studio Candy Cups

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in Paper Chic Studio Candy Cups

My daugther and I are big on tea parties (Cameron is ready to fall in with anything that involves eating), which is why I’m always trying to learn recipes for possible tea fare. This is actually the first time I attempted cupcakes, although I’ve made lots of sheet cakes in the past. I wanted to try something simple so I chose to make chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting. Here’s the recipe (it makes a dozen):

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

1 C flour
1 C brown sugar
1/4 C butter
1/2 C milk
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t vanilla
1 egg
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix the dry mixture to the butter mixture in small portions, alternating with the milk. Fold in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into muffin liners until about 3/4 full. Put in oven and bake for 15-20 mins or until the tops are golden brown. Cool before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1/4 C softened butter
1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 C confectioners sugar
2 T milk
3 T cocoa powder

Cream butter until fluffy. Add vanilla, and then beat in half of sugar and half of milk. Mix well. Beat in the rest of the sugar and the milk. Add cocoa powder. Feel free to add sugar, cocoa powder or milk until you’ve reached the desired taste and consistency.

Notice the really cute candy cups from Paper Chic Studio? They’re some of the prizes from the bundle I won from Martine de Luna and her DaintyMom.com’s Anniversary Contest. I’m so pleased to share that this post won, thanks to Martine’s son Vito who drew my name. Naturally, I was ecstatic when I found out, especially since I never win in raffles and this sort of things. There’s usually something about my name or my number that repels the hand of the person assigned to draw or even those random number generators. 😀 Anyway, the bundle includes more lovely loot from Paper Chic Studio, an adorable owl board from Dwell Studio, a yummy-smelling cologne from Plains and Prints, Mustela goodies (which are perfect for Cameron’s super sensitive skin), a very chic hat from Honey Baby, and a clever product called Aqueduck from Babies to Toddlers. There was also an additional gift pack from Breeze Philippines, which was really welcome.

prizes

breeze pack

Besides these, the other winner, Aimee of I am Aimee Diego, and I also got a tea date with Dainty Mom Martine. It was a real delight to meet these two ladies. Overall, it was a really great pre-Mother’s Day gift. Thanks so much, Martine!

Tea Date with Martine and Aimee

Tea Date with Martine and Aimee

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