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.


Author's husband and infant daughter wearing matching Father's Day Flag shirts
Our first flag-related Father’s Day shirt


Author's husband and older daughter wearing matching Father's Day Flag shirts
Daddy and Big Sister get matching shirts


Author's husband and daughters with Dad wearing an abstract-design Father's Day shirt
Abstract…my little artists made this shirt by themselves! (Well, I helped with the requisite handprints).


Author's husband and daughters wearing matching Father's Day color block shirts
Color Blocking (before it was cool)

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!


quick cinnamon rolls ingredients
All the ingredients for Quick Cinnamon Rolls lined up


quick cinnamon rolls dough
It’s a really soft dough


Forming and filling the cinnamon rolls collage
Forming and filling the cinnamon rolls


rolling and cutting the cinnamon rolls collage


Easily adaptable

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!


Cinnamon rolls with sausage and berries on a plate
Part of this nutritious breakfast


Quick Cinnamon roll closeup

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.


Author's husband and grown daughters
My girls and their Daddy…check out that “pocket protector”!


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

Want Cinnamon Rolls in less time it takes to heat your oven? These Quick Cinnamon Rolls will fit the bill deliciously!
Adapted from Dessert for Two
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Rolls, Dessert for Two, Father's Day, Quick Breads
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Special Equipment



  • 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.

Recipe Notes

I adapted the recipe by adding vanilla extract to the dough, reducing the white sugar in the dough to 2 tsp, and omitting it entirely from the cinnamon brown sugar filling. Believe me, these rolls are sweet enough!
I made a glaze instead of the cream cheese frosting called for in the original recipe. If you want to use the cream cheese frosting, head here.
The unglazed baked rolls freeze well. Defrost them on the counter for 1/2 hour (or overnight in the refrigerator), then warm, glaze, and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Quick Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 245
* Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 cal per day diet.
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  1. Jonathan Kurtzman June 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Very sweet

  2. dessertfortwo June 23, 2017 at 9:11 am

    This is so sweet! Thanks for sharing your tradition and your sweet family photos 🙂 I’m so happy my cinnamon rolls could be a part of your special day! 🙂 <3


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