Want cinnamon rolls in less time it takes to heat your oven? These Quick Cinnamon Rolls will fit the bill deliciously, and don't need yeast. Easy & yummy!
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. 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.
A Father’s Day brunch idea
I usually make brunch for whomever is around on Father's Day, so today I decided to adapt Dessert for Two's Quick Cinnamon Rolls (it was just my husband & I this time).
These easy cinnamon rolls are made in a snap, 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!
Combining the dry and wet ingredients produces a very soft dough. It will work, trust me!
After patting out the dough into a rectangle, you'll treat it just like any other recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls. Pour on the melted butter, sprinkle on your filling, then roll it up.
Because the dough is soft, be gentle as you're cutting the log into slices.
Reshape the slices as best you can as you're putting them in the muffin pan.
Making the cinnamon roll glaze is as simple as mixing a tablespoon or two of milk into the powdered sugar, and stirring until it's smooth and pourable. Flavor with vanilla to taste.
Change the filling to your liking
Homemade cinnamon rolls are quite adaptable, too. Instead of using cinnamon sugar, you can choose a different sweetened sprinkle like we did for Cinnamon Roll Cookies.
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!
I like to double this recipe for easy cinnamon rolls. The unglazed cinnamon rolls freeze really well, and you can defrost and rewarm them before glazing.
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. 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!
A menu for brunch can be easy or involved, but it definitely should be tasty. Try one of these suggestions the next time you're having brunch!
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Quick Cinnamon Rolls (no yeasted needed)
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅔ cup milk
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted, divided
- 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
- 1 teaspoon pure 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 ¼ 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 eight equal pieces and drop them into the muffin cups.
- Bake for 14 to 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.