Father's Day t-shirts are a Father's Day tradition with us, and so are Quick Cinnamon Rolls. Making something special for Dad is how we roll!
It's Father's Day!
This is a special Father’s Day post because…well, just because. When my husband celebrated his first Father’s Day, I made him and my older daughter special T-shirts for the day. The following year, I did it again. I called it “A Flag for a Dad,” and I used her little handprints as the stars. So adorable, so I continued…and a Father's Day tradition was born. Every year, for the last 26 years (counting today), my husband has received a handpainted shirt with my daughters' handprints incorporated into the design. Some shirts were inside jokes, or silly sayings, or just a nod to what he (and the girls) did together, but each shirt was an ode to a loving man who cares deeply for his family. When they were old enough, my girls took over the project. And even though they currently live on opposite coasts, they’ve still managed to create beautiful designs that are truly made with love.
Another Father’s Day tradition
I usually make brunch for whomever is around on Father's Day, so today I decided to make quick cinnamon rolls from Dessert for Two (it was just my husband & I). These are very quick and easy to make, with no rising time because we're not making a yeast dough. Instead, the dough is more like a soft biscuit, and it comes together pretty much while the oven is preheating. Quick and easy...perfect for breakfast or brunch!
I double the recipe for the dough when I make them...the finished cinnamon rolls freeze really well, and you just defrost and rewarm them before glazing. These rolls are adaptable, too. Instead of making cinnamon rolls, you can substitute a a mocha sprinkle for the cinnamon sugar. For a fruity twist, use thick fruit jam, say strawberry or raspberry instead of melted butter and cinnamon sugar, and add mini chocolate chips. Or how about apricot or orange marmalade with chopped candied ginger? I love recipes I can riff on!
Never too old for a Father's Day shirt
My girls still love making a shirt for their dad...it's become a matter of creativity and coordination (they're not living at home anymore, or even on the same coast!). Getting together to give Daddy his shirt is a special time, one that we all cherish.
So as you celebrate your father (either in person, from afar, or in memory), remember that taking a few minutes to make something special (a shirt? Quick Cinnamon Rolls?) is just as valuable as any gift you can give (if just for yourself)…it’s the gift of thought and effort. And that's a Father's Day tradition to celebrate.
Happy Father’s Day!
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!
Quick Cinnamon Rolls
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (6 oz, 175g)
- 4 tsp granulated sugar (1/2 oz, 16g)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup milk (5 oz, 140g)
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter (4 oz, 113g), melted, divided use
- 6 Tbsp light brown sugar (3 oz, 75g)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (2 oz, 56g)
- 1 Tbsp cream or milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375°F, and spray 8 cups in a standard muffin pan with baking spray (or use extra melted butter).
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a small measuring cup, combine the milk, vinegar, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of the melted butter.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until a soft dough forms.
- Heavily flour a work surface, and pat the dough out into a rectangle about 6 inches long. Use plenty of flour as you go.
- Pour the remaining melted butter on top of the dough.
- Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Press this mixture lightly into the butter on top of the dough.
- Carefully, roll the dough up starting with the long side. Roll away from you. When you get to the end of the dough, pinch the entire seam shut. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and drop them into the greased muffin cups.
- Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
- Meanwhile, mix the powdered sugar, with enough milk or cream to create a pourable glaze. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Glaze the cinnamon rolls when they come out of the oven, and serve warm.