Simple Cinnamon Rolls

2 Feb

Okay everyone, it’s tradition time! My family is funny because we have some of the silliest/simple traditions. For example, since I can remember we order pizza every friday night. It feels strange if we ever do anything different.

Most of our traditions come during the holidays, especially at Christmas time. We go to Starbucks as a family the night before Christmas Eve and finish whatever Christmas shopping we have left. Then, on Christmas Eve we go to church, have a lasagna dinner and open all of our presents, that’s right every single one. The next morning we wake up, open stockings and have a yummy breakfast. For at least the last 10 years one of the things my mom makes for breakfast are cinnamon rolls. We always stay up super late on Christmas Eve so sleeping in is a must. Because of this, my mom makes simple, out of the box cinnamon rolls. She is embarrassed that I am sharing her secret that they are from a box but let me tell you, these cinnamon rolls are some of the best (if not the best) I have ever had.


They are simple and decadent. I am not a big fan of super super sweet food in the morning so maybe that is why I love these so much. They aren’t like your typical ooey gooey, so sweet you know you’ll have to get a cavity after eating one, cinnamon rolls. They are more of a sweet bread with a lightly sweet glaze. I promise you, you’ll like them.

We use Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix. You can also use to make pizza dough or dinner rolls (which I have never tried).

Here is what the box looks like.


The box comes with the dry ingredients, including yeast. All you need are a few other ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Contents in the box
1 Cup hot water
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. buter
1 egg
1/4 Cup softened butter
1/3 Cup sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine the flour mixture (that comes in the box), the yeast and sugar in a large bowl.
3. Stir in the hot water (temp. should be between 120 and 130 degrees), soft butter and egg until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl.
4. Form the dough into a ball on a floured surface with greased or floured hands.
5. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until smooth.
6. Cover dough in the large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.
(Flip the box to the side for the cinnamon roll directions)
7. Roll the dough to 15×10 inch rectangle and spread the cinnamon mixture over the dough.
8. Starting on the shorter side, tightly roll up the dough and pinch the seam to seal it. Cut into 12 slices.
9. Spray a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray, place rolls cut side down into pan.
10. Cover loosely and let them rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes.
11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until just golden brown.
Glaze Directions:
1. stir together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. (for a thicker frosting use less milk and more powdered sugar).
2. Allow the rolls to cool and then drizzle glaze over rolls.
If you are looking for a thicker frosting, I found this cream cheese frosting recipe on the pillsbury website.
2 Tbsp. buter, softened
1 1/2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 Cup powered sugar
1 Tbsp. half-and-half
1/4 tsp. vanilla
This is how they turned out this Christmas. Can you say perfect?
And here is the whole breakfast. Every year we have egg nog punch, fruit cups, eggs and the cinnamon rolls.
I love our breakfast tradition and look forward to it all year.
Go and try them. See what you think!
Love, Lindsi

2 Responses to “Simple Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. courtneyscraftinandcookin February 3, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    These look SO good!

  2. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I love family traditions like this. In my family, we also open all of our presents on Christmas Eve and we have a big feast! …Followed by another huge feast on Christmas morning when we open our stockings. We don’t have cinnamon rolls, but a similar kind of treat called “Pull Apart” – which is basically cinnamon monkey bread. SO good!

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