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Christmas morning cinnamon rolls are a tradition at our house. There’s something festive and completely satisfying about the smell of warm cinnamon and bread baking on Christmas morning. The kids look forward to new toys and candy filled stockings, and I look forward to warm cinnamon rolls, a big cup of coffee, and an easy kitchen clean up, because the Lord knows Christmas morning means lots of garbage bags and trips to the dumpster.
For this post, I teamed up with Scotch-Brite™ Brand to bring you a wonderful cinnamon roll recipe, perfect to add to your Christmas traditions. These cinnamon rolls use the same dough recipe as my Raspberry Sweet Rolls, which have been a huge hit on Pinterest and Facebook.
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I know I’m not the only messy baker in the world, but sometimes I feel like I might make the biggest messes. I always end up with flour and sugar on the floor, batter dribbling down the cabinets, and frosting in my hair. Does that happen to anyone else? I mean, you would think after so many years I would get better at this, but I have yet to see any significant progress.
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Okay, minus the mess, these cinnamon rolls are the bomb-dot-com! Imagine what kind of looks middle schoolers would give me if I said that to them. They would think I was an old fuddy-duddy.
This recipe for Christmas morning cinnamon rolls is a winner at our house. Chris finished off a pan in about 3 days and was already hinting for me to make more. My ego grows a little with every pan I bake. Now, if you’re intimidated by making cinnamon rolls with, *gasp*, yeast, don’t freak out just yet. We will get through this together.
The majority of your time will be spent waiting for the dough to rise and then beating it down to let it rise again. You start by stirring together warm milk (like bath warm), sugar, and yeast in a bowl and letting it set for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes your mixture will be foamy and kind of lumpy looking.
After that, you add in the remaining dough ingredients and stir until a thick, somewhat sticky dough forms. Now you need a little muscle, or a stand mixer with a hook attachment so you can knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. I do it by hand and then mark it down as my upper body workout for the day.
Now you just got to let that baby rise, rise, rise. I typically wash out the bowl I used to mix my dough and then dry the bowl and spray it with a little cooking spray. Then I place my dough in the bowl, cover it and place it in a warm area in my house and let it rise for about an hour.
You can use either the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges (blue) or the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges (green). I like to use the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges because they clean tough messes 50% faster than other sponges, and if you’ve ever scrubbed sticky dough out of a bowl, you know that it’s considered a tough mess.
Grow dough baby, GROW!
Next, you mix together your brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set it aside. Then you roll out your dough, spread on the yummy, cinnamony goods and roll the whole thing up into a big log. Cut the log into 12 equal rolls and place them in your prepared pan and then wait for them to rise again.
Bake them for about 15 minutes, spread on the icing, and serve em up hot! These are perfect alongside a cup of coffee, milk, or even hot chocolate. They make winter so much more enjoyable and Christmas morning unforgettable.
You can easily refrigerate the unbaked rolls overnight so you don’t have to worry about a mess on Christmas morning. Just cover the pan of rolls before they rise and stick them in the refrigerator. In the morning, take them out and let them rise for 30-45 minute before baking. Then, while everyone is opening presents and enjoying the holiday morning, you won’t be spending unnecessary time in the kitchen, cleaning up after breakfast.
Tell me about your family’s Christmas traditions in the comments below. Do you make breakfast or do you go out and eat?