Merry Christmas Eve!!
I can’t believe Christmas is one day away — despite us having snow storms a week or two ago, we just had a weekend that reached 70ºF outside (make up your mind Mother Nature!!), so the warm temperatures have made it feel like anything but Christmas-time.
With the change in weather, I thought I’d turn to something else to invoke the holiday spirit — cinnamon rolls!!
I have always loved a good, warm cinnamon roll.
Growing up, if I was ever in the mall walking by a Cinnabon, I was bound to stop and get one — even if it meant that I only got a mini-cinnabon to feel better about it (oh, and extra icing please!). But, outside of the random mall encounters, I have only really baked/eaten homemade cinnamon rolls around the holidays which is why I think they make it feel like the holiday season.
This was my first time making cinnamon rolls completely from scratch, so I was pretty excited/nervous to see the end result! It’s a bit of a process (and by process I mean, there’s a lot of down time when you have to let the dough rise), but luckily there was laundry to be washed and dishes to be cleaned!
WHEW!!! A bunch of pictures later, they are done…that wasn’t so bad!
First, before I even talk about how AWESOME they tasted, I have to say that my kitchen smelled like a magical, cinnamon-sugar kingdom that I only wish I could have preserved for more than the afternoon…(reason enough for me to bake these again very soon!)
They tasted better than I could have hoped for. There was just enough butter, cinnamon and sugar to make the rolls ooey and gooey, and the cream cheese icing complimented the rolls perfectly. It was pretty difficult to only eat one (errr two), but I managed to pack up the rest to share with some coworkers.
These cinnamon rolls are perfect for your Christmas morning — or any morning for that matter — and they also make a fantastic gift!