I really love traditions. One of the traditions in my family growing up was that you got breakfast in bed, whatever you wanted, on your birthday. When I got married I decided to carry on that tradition in our family so every year for Michael’s birthday I make him breakfast in bed. He always picks cinnamon rolls and the past two years I just made the Pillsbury ones in the can. While browsing on Pinterest (of course) I came across a cinnamon roll recipe and decided to make homemade cinnamon rolls for this year’s breakfast in bed.
I’ve never actually had Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, that’s just what the recipe was called, so I can’t really say if these are better than Cinnabon. However, I can tell you they were amazingly delicious.
The recipe takes a long time to make, but it isn’t particularly time consuming (mostly you just have to do a little bit, then wait, then do some more). It’s also much easier than I thought it would be.
I did tons of baking on Tuesday and Wednesday to get ready for Thanksgiving and Michael’s birthday. I tried to take pictures of all the steps but I missed a lot in my preoccupation with all the details. You’ll have to forgive me and just imagine a lot of stuff.
I then threw all this in my KitchenAid mixer and let it do its thing until I had:
The recipe says to let them rise for 30 minutes then bake them. Since I wanted to make these for Michael’s birthday breakfast but didn’t want to wake up nearly two hours early to make the dough, let it rise, yada yada, I decided to do as much as I could ahead of time. So after I put them in the pan I covered them with Saran Wrap and put them in the fridge. I left them there for about 36 hours before baking them and that didn’t seem to hurt them at all. This morning I set my alarm for an hour before I wanted to bake them. I got the out of the fridge and set them on the counter to come to room temperature (then went back to sleep). An hour later I put them in the oven and made the frosting. So in case you want to make these ahead of time, know that they will still turn out fine.
this is what they looked like this morning after being in the fridge then sitting on the counter for an hour but before baking – you can see they got a little bigger than when I first put them in the pan
while they baked I made the frosting – it was very easy and very similar to my chocolate chip cheesecake dip