Crescent Cinnamon Rolls!

A delicious breakfast, and you don’t even have to go to the airport!

Cinnamon Rolls (small)

It seems to be general knowledge that you should bake cookies if you are trying to sell a house.  The smell of baking cookies evokes a feeling of home.  If you ask me, though, you would be better off making cinnamon rolls.  The beauty of cinnamon rolls is that you get both the sweetness of the cinnamon filling and the inviting aroma of the bread.  Plus, then you have cinnamon rolls!  I say that’s a win-win.

I’ve always been a little hesitant to make my own cinnamon rolls.  Other than the Bread-in-a-bag, I have never really had a lot of luck with yeast breads.  I tend to kill the yeast, and I get super impatient with letting it rise, rolling it out, letting it rise again… basically, I’m just lazy and don’t want to mess with it. But I got to thinking: I found a way to fake donuts… can I fake cinnamon rolls, too?

As it turns out, I can.

cinnamon roll ingredients 2

Like I have said before, wheat and gluten aren’t problems for us. So enter the crescent rolls.  We all love them. They are great as dinner rolls and excellent for donuts. So let’s try them for cinnamon rolls, shall we?

butter and cinnamonSince Reese can’t have butter, we do Earth Balance.  As long as we don’t use the sticks, they are safe for him (the sticks have soy protein, so they’re out). Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and Earth Balance.

Do you guys know about crescent roll sheets?  GAME. CHANGER.  It’s like crescent rolls with no perforations.  Perfect for applications like this! Roll out the crescent rolls (or sheet) and spread the filling over the dough.  Don’t put it on too thick, or it will melt and leave funny holes in your cinnamon rolls.  Or so I’m told.  I know didn’t do that… LOOK, WHAT’S THAT OVER THERE?!?!?

Then you roll it up and slice with a serrated knife.  Make the cinnamon rolls about 2 inches thick or so.

Place rolls in a dish and bake according to crescent roll package directions.  Then realize that it wasn’t long enough and bake it for longer, until the rolls look like this:baked cinnamon rollsMmmmm…..

Now, the icing.  Typically, this would be a cream cheese icing, but cream cheese = dairy, and dairy = bad news for our EOE kid.  So we went with the glaze from the Glazed Donuts. It’s a simple combination of powdered sugar and coconut milk.  Feel free to add a little vanilla, some orange extract, or whatever other flavor works for you!

Top with icing and serve!  My kids loved them and finished off the plate quickly. Let me know how they turn out for you!

Crescent Cinnamon Rolls

  • Two tubes of crescent rolls
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance spread
  1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and spread until well combined.
  2. Roll out crescent rolls.  Spread brown sugar mixture onto crescent dough, half on one roll and half on the other.
  3. Roll crescent dough up and slice with a serrated knife.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes (or until golden brown and delicious).
  5. Top with choice of icing, and enjoy!

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk

Whisk together in a small bowl and spread on top of cinnamon rolls.  *Easily doubled if you feel like your cinnamon rolls need more icing.

Cinnamon Rolls (large)

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