Monday, July 27, 2009

Rollin’ Cinnabon to the Curb

What better way to start the week than with a hot and gooey pan of cinnamon rolls to meet you on the way out the door? I decided to try it this week and lemme tell you—it did make a difference! :-) I figured I would try to squeeze in one last Hungry Girl recipe from my Cookbook of the Month, and this one has been calling my name for quite sometime now. And lucky for you, they were a sweet success and mighty cheap to make! I would say these are semi-homemade, so if you have about a half hour to spare, you have no excuse not to make these! Of course if you are a person with no time to bake these whatsoever, you can always head on over to Holey Donuts and try out their delish Cinnamon Buns.(I did a review here.) Also, I have decided these qualify for my Recipe Redo on a Budget.

But first, how the heck did a cinnamon roll even get created? Thought this was interesting!

In the 13th century Marco Polo opened the spice trade to Europe. Medieval chefs were using cinnamon and the cinnamon was very expensive. Cinnamon rolls are probably descended from their first fritters. There was an English bun called the Chelsea bun that was described in an English cookbook almost exactly like a cinnamon roll. Then in the 1910s a cookbook did an exact recipe for cinnamon rolls. By the 1922 there was a huge fad for delicious cinnamon rolls that everyone could enjoy and everyone did want them. Then in the 18th century the Philadelphia cinnamon roll was born. With brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, and raisins, it was a new twist on the old favorite. It was brought by the English and German immigrants to America. No one will ever know where the true origin of cinnamon rolls come from, after all, cinnamon and bread are very ancient foods. When foods are used often and for a very long period of time, origins are difficult to discover. While history is fascinating, the taste of cinnamon rolls is a testament to all those who have contributed to the taste of it in the past.


Budget Breakdown

  • Brown Sugar- freebie
  • Pillsbury Reduced-Fat Crescent Rolls- $1.49
  • Splenda- $3.85
  • Cool Whip Free- $2.99
  • Light Butter Spread- $1.75
  • Fat-Free Cream Cheese- $2.29
  • Salt- freebie
  • Cinnamon- freebie
  • Butter Spray- $2.29

Total= $14.66  Per Bun= $1.22

*Generally a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon or any fast food place will cost you around four bucks, and not to mention a hefty overdose of calories and sugar.*


Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Makes: 12 


--For Dough--

  • 1 package refrigerated Pillsbury reduced-fat Crescent Rolls
  • 16 sprays of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray

--For Filling--

  • 1/4 C dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 C granulated Splenda(or other no cal sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 Tbsp light butter spread
  • 1 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

--For Icing--

  • 1/4 C Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 3 Tbsp FF cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 Tbsp Splenda, granulated


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • To make filling, combine all ingredients in medium bowl, stirring well to make sure the butter gets mixed in evenly. Set aside.
  • To make icing, combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix until smooth and blended. Place in the fridge to chill and set.
  • Prepare a dry surface by sprinkling it with a small amount of flour to prevent sticking. Remove dough from package and knead into a ball.
  • Using a rolling pin lightly dusted with flour, very firmly roll out dough into a thin sheet about 8 x 12 inches. Spray the dough’s surface evenly with butter spray.
  • Spread filling evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2 in border around the edges.

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  • Starting with long side of the dough, roll it up tightly, forming a log. Once dough is completely rolled up, pinch the long seam to seal.
  • Turn the log over so that the seam side is facing down. Using a very sharp knife, cut log into 12(the original recipe says 8, but I squeezed in 4 more!)being careful not to squish dough.
  • Spray a baking pan with nonstick spray and arrange pieces of dough in the pan with swirl sides facing up. Use your hands to firmly press down the tops of the pieces. Pinch the side seams if necessary.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake in oven for 8 minutes.
  • Remove foil and return pan to oven. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until rolls have risen and are slightly browned on top.
  • Evenly distribute icing over cinnamon rolls and dig in!

Here’s a virtual roll to quell your cravings! (I know you have one now!!)



Jenny said...

some of my fondest memories as a child are when my mom surprised us on sunday mornings with a nice warm patch of pillsbury dough boy cinnamon buns -- oh, memories <3

Sarah Alaoui said...

BRILLIANT. yum yum.

Janetha said...

those look sooo delicious! i LOVE anything with cinnamon!

tinyirishdancer said...

Mhmmmm. I LOVE cinnamon rolls. Just made real, yeasty ones from scratch for the FIRST TIME EVER. They were fabulous, but oh-so-time-consuming.

Thankfully, Pillsbury provides a quick, delicious fix. Thanks for the recipe! =]

Erica said...

These do look very yummy, but I'm going to be honest for a minute. I do not like Hungry Girl. I feel like a lot of her recipes contain tons and tons of fake ingredients. Although they may be low calorie....can they really be good for you? I'm not saying you shouldn't eat ANY fake food (I still use splenda in my coffee), but I just would like to see her make recipes with more real ingredients....just my thoughts.....sorry to rant :)

Peanut Butter Swirl said...

cinnamon rolls do sound like a great way to start off the week :D
thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, you're right! There is NO better morning than a hot pan of cinnamon rolls waiting for you! I've been wasting all my mornings till now!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a perfect breakfast, my mouth is watering right now.