The Best Cinnamon Roll & Icing Recipe

Cinnamon Roll and Icing

A Classic Pastry

So you want to try your hand at an old time favorite. Cinnamon Rolls are a classic pastry; rich with sweetness, flaky to the touch, and covered in sticky goodness, they are a cinch to make with store bought dough and homemade icing. By using store bought dough, these confectionaries can be made the night before in preparation for social gatherings or just desserts.  There are many twists you can put on cinnamon rolls in time for the holidays and special occasions like baby showers.

Flaky, Sweet Cinnamon Rolls with Pillsbury

Let’s make our flaky, sweet Cinnamon Rolls first! Starting with store bought dough, preferably Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, this simple short cut will still result in super flaky, easy to make buns. Pillsbury Crescents are meant to be light and fluffy, so they make for a softer, chewy cinnamon roll which rises quickly. One of the biggest issues with baking pastries is waiting for the yeast to rise. With your store bought dough in hand, here’s how to make quick and easy cinnamon rolls!

  • First we need to grab our softened butter, this can be done by leaving it to sit on the counter for a moment or within the microwave- but be sure not cook your butter! Anyhow, take half of the softened stick of butter and place it in the bottom of your pie dish, ensure that it is microwaveable before doing so, and continue to melt the butter. Once done, add Brown Sugar and stir until well mixed and return to the microwave to caramelize. This will help your cinnamon buns develop that unbelievably gooey, buttery crust that that we have all come to crave.
  • Now unwrap the Store bought Pillsbury Crescent Dough and pinch close all the seams. Once done, you can take the rest of your softened butter and dress the top of the dough. Add your Mixture of Cinnamon and Sugar normally found inside this classic pastry treat and reroll it back tightly into one log. Cut this log into 8 serving rolls and place them inside the caramelized mixture at the bottom of the pie pan.
  • Once set, you can take the remainder of your cinnamon sugar mix and sprinkle to your desire on top of the prepped cinnamon rolls. If you’re not ready to bake them today, you can cover them with clear plastic wrap and store in your fridge until ready. However, if you’re in a rush to get these buns ready for dessert, then pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and stand by to bake for at least 20 minutes.

Vanilla Icing for Your Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

With these Cinnamon Buns on their way, you can begin to craft an even gooier Vanilla Icing! Making this classic a long time favorite is the delicious vanilla icing you find lathering your Cinnamon Roll. Vanilla Icing is an absolute must when dressing your Cinnamon rolls and we have the perfect recipe for a quick batch that can be done before your buns come out the oven piping hot!

All you’ll need is a well-blended mixture of Cream, Powdered Sugar, and Vanilla Extract; if for some reason you don’t have cream available, you could simply replace it with milk and additional butter. With a fork, whisk together Cream, butter, and sugar until pliable and easy to drizzle. If you did use milk instead, you will have to follow the same directions, but mixing the icing on low heat, stirring occasionally, and using it before it has a chance to stiffen. Removing your cooled Cinnamon rolls from the pie pan and placing them on a serving tray, you can dress them up with your homemade vanilla icing.

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