“Homemade” Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

by Tammy

in Breads and Muffins, Cooking Classes, Holiday Recipes, Recipes, The Christmas Kitchen

When I speak on hospitality I always joke with women that I put a Costco Lasagna in my own pan and called it “home baked”! This is another one of my delicious “Homemade”recipes.

“Homemade ” Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls!


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PERFECT for Christmas Morning. I make them Christmas Eve day and put them in the refrigerator and forget about them until Christmas morning. They rise beautifully overnight and the fragrance of fresh baked cinnamon rolls Christmas morning is unmatched! I serve it with my hot fruit compote (which I will post) and the best seriously, breakfast egg dish (which I will also post this week).


Here we are starting the process with soft dough.


My dear cooking pal Cathy Gries adding the sugar and cinnamon. I like to add nutmeg to mine as well. Then add the fruit and we are now starting the rolling of the bread!

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Starting to cut the rolls to make into a beautiful wreath.

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Turning the segments carefully. And adding the frosting and green and red candies.

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And need I say DIVINE!


Photography byhttp://www.aetherialphotography.com/gallery/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=10299

In a very busy season of so many demands remember WHY you do WHAT you do.

Hospitality is giving others a message about their value. We have a very hospitable God. Look what He gave us!

Merry Christmas friends!

“Homemade” Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

from frozen bread dough, makes 6 large rolls

2 loaves of frozen bread dough, thawed (it comes 3 to a bag)
1 stick  butter, softened
1 cup of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 chopped apple or cranraisin
1/3 cup of sugar
butter icing glaze (recipe below)

Thaw two loaves of frozen bread dough in the refrigerator or on the counter (there are directions for thawing on the bag).  Allow the thaw dough to rise for 1-2 hours in a warm area covered with a damp cloth.  Roll the dough out into a rectangle onto a floured surface.  Spread softened butter on the rolled out dough.  Sprinkle sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon over the dough.  Add apples and cranraisins. Roll up the dough into a log. Place into a buttered pan.  Attach log at each end to look like a circle. Cut slits in bread 2 inches apart Be careful not to cut all the way though. Twist the segments on their sides. Shape again to look like a round circle. Use your hands to get the right look.   Cover with a warm damp towel and allow to rise 2-4 hours (or overnight) in a warm area.  When the rolls have doubled in size, bake them at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until they begin to brown.  Top with Butter Icing Glaze and green and red candies.

 Butter Icing Glaze

for cinnamon rolls

2 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of milk

powdered sugar

Melt butter with milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Add powdered sugar until the glaze is the right consistency – it should pour, but not be runny.  The heat from the cinnamon rolls will help the glaze to melt over them easily.  


This recipe and more are from my cookbook  The Christmas Kitchen! Order yours today or for the foodie in your life here on my web

 I will personally sign your books. Also join me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/startsimplycooking to find out more about my upcoming cooking classes.

The Heart of the Home 

Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

Look inside this holiday treasure for:

– Easy-to-do holiday recipes

– Hints for new traditions

– Personal gift ideas

– Kid-friendly activities

– Simple decorating tips

The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.


Photography by Beverly Bender http://www.beverlybenderphotography.com


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