Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easy Cheater Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls semi-homemade and made easy using frozen Rhodes bread dough.

Easy Cheater Cinnamon Rolls

I am of the opinion that it is difficult to make a bad cinnamon roll, no matter what recipe you use. Honestly, a good cinnamon roll needs basically three things. Generous amounts of butter, plenty of cinnamon sugar and a boatload of icing. Maybe not for the faint of heart - but we don't eat them everyday now do we? The dough itself is really almost secondary to those things, so I say why not get a little help there?

Rhodes frozen dough is wonderful just for that. Though they do take some planning and time for thawing and rising, they are still a time saver from starting with scratch dough, so I try to have some kind on hand in the freezer. I had recently been working through the freezer trying to use up things and I happened to have a partial bag of Rhodes white dinner rolls that were leftover from making Butterscotch Pull Apart Bread recently. I figured eventually I would just have them as rolls with supper one day, but then I thought, I've made cheater cinnamon rolls before with the Rhodes loaf bread ... why couldn't I do it with the dinner rolls?  I put them into the refrigerator to thaw and the next day, transformed them into these cinnamon rolls.

This recipe makes one pan of one dozen rolls. Sprinkle a bit of flour onto the counter, and gently knead the thawed dough together to form one ball. Flatten and using a rolling pin, roll into a long rectangle, moving the dough around to make sure that it doesn't stick. Pour the melted butter over the surface of the dough and using your hand, smear it all over the dough, almost to the edges.


Sprinkle the dough generously with cinnamon sugar and roll up into a long roll as tightly as possible. Cut that into half and then cut each half evenly into 6 slices, for a total of 12 rolls.


Place the rolls in a well buttered cake pan, cover very loosely with a square of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and put in a draft free, warm spot to rise.


Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Don't let them get quite this dark - as usual, I got distracted and nearly forgot about them! Now y'all know why I don't bake much.  Mix up the icing and pour all over the top of the hot rolls and let it soak in a bit before pulling one out.  My favorite ones as the ones with all the soft sides, right in the middle section.


Yum. See that part in the center? My absolute favorite part. If I could figure out how to make a pan of just those centers, I'd be a millionaire I swear.


The beauty of this is if, like me, you only had say 8 or 10 Rhodes rolls leftover in the freezer, you can still fill the pan with a dozen rolls, but if you are buying rolls specifically to make these, use about 12 of the Rhodes frozen dinner rolls, or, of course, one loaf of the frozen bread dough. Rhodes rolls take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to thaw at room temperature; bread about 2 to 3 hours. You can also thaw dough in the refrigerator. Rolls will need about 8 to 12 hours; bread 10 to 12 hours. Thawing time is not included in the prep time for the recipe.


Recipe: Easy Cheater Cinnamon Rolls

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 25 min | Yield: 12 rolls


Ingredients

For the Rolls:
  • 12 frozen white dinner rolls, or 1 loaf of frozen bread dough (like Rhodes), thawed to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of butter, melted, plus more softened for the baking pan
  • Cinnamon Sugar recipe
For the Icing:
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons of half and half or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Instructions

See note at bottom for thawing directions. Sprinkle a bit of flour on the counter, and if using rolls, combine the thawed dough together to form one ball. Flatten and roll into a long rectangle, approximately 12 x 16 inches. Pour the 1/4 cup of melted butter over the surface of the dough and using your hand, smear it all over the dough, almost to the edges. Sprinkle the dough generously with the cinnamon sugar. Roll up jelly roll style, into a long roll, as tightly as possible. Cut into a total of 12 even pieces. Smear the softened butter all over the inside of a 9-inch cake pan. Lay the rolls in the cake pan just slightly apart - you should be able to fit 9 around the outside and 3 in the middle.

Cover rolls very loosely with a square of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place in a warm spot and let rise until doubled.

To bake, preheat to 350 degrees F. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until done. Prepare the icing and pour evenly all over the top and down into all the cracks and crevices of the hot rolls, letting it absorb into the rolls slightly before serving.

Note: Rhodes rolls take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to thaw at room temperature; bread about 2 to 3 hours. You can also thaw dough in the refrigerator. Rolls will need about 8 to 12 hours; bread 10 to 12 hours. You may also prepare the rolls, place them into a cake pan and place the pan in the refrigerator overnight. Remove in the morning and let them come to room temperature and continue rising if needed, before baking.

Tip: To speed up the rise of the rolls try this tip. Preheat the oven to the lowest oven temperature, barely on, placing a pan of very hot water on the bottom oven rack to create a steam environment. Once you roll and cut the rolls, turn off the oven and place the covered pan on the top rack of the oven; let rise until doubled. Proceed with recipe to bake.

Variation: For Pecan Rolls, substitute a mixture of 1/4 cup of brown sugar, with 1/4 cup of melted butter and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup for the melted butter; spread on dough. Mix together another 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup of pecans; sprinkle on top. Continue as above. Divide 1/2 cup of chocolate chips between the pecan and topping mixture to make them chocolate.

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24 comments:

  1. these look amazing and I always haave rhode's rolls in the freezer, I will have to try these ASAP!!

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  2. I just took some frozen bread dough out of the freezer and I'm going to try making these tomorrow.

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  3. Wouldn't these be good Easter morning!!

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  4. I love easy cheater recipes like this - especially for breakfast!

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  5. These cinnamon rolls look amazing. Anytime, I can save a bit of time preparing food, that is okay in my book. Rhodes frozen dough is a lifesaver. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I think I just gained 5 lbs looking at them. Oh my goodness they look so gooooood.

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  7. Frozen dough really does move things along. These looks super scrumptious! Perfect solution for my sugar attacks. Have a Blessed and Happy Easter Mary. ♥ Redkathy

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  8. I am going to be looking for these Rhodes rolls next time!

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  9. just one word: YUM! (my mouth is actually watering right now)

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  10. Have made these before, and they are great. For a really moist roll, drizzle about a half cup of cream on top just before baking!

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  11. The Kroger brand of frozen rolls orloaves is an excellent alternative.

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  12. Unfortunately we don't have a Kroger here where I live anymore, but thanks so much for the heads up on that tip for our readers - appreciate it!!

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  13. Mary, I am craving cinnamon rolls and rolls in a can just won't do! Unfortunately, I have been too tired to attempt the real thing. Thank you for this alternative. They look delicious and I can't wait to try them.

    -Sunni

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  14. I bought Pillsbury Pizza dough, which I bought before reading this, hoping it will work for this too.

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    1. You know, I've not done that but I think it would work!

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  15. I was planning on making cinnamon rolls but bought Pillsbury Piazza dough before reading this, hoping it will work too.

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  16. These just came out of the oven, and boy, are they good! Hubby and I ate two each within just a few minutes! Who knew something this good started with frozen yeast rolls! We love 'em!

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    1. Thanks so much. You can't beat homemade dough of course, but I think these are pretty good too!!

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  17. I just pulled these easy cinny rolls together in a flash! I had made cinny knots before keeping the rolls separate but not to my satisfaction, but these were much more to my liking and I can't wait for my coffee klatsch!

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  18. my mother inlaw has been making these for over 40 yrs. i before she passed away she told me how she made them.:)

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