Much to my family’s chagrin…I have never been much of a cinnamon roll maker. For years it was because I was afraid of anything having to do with yeast. Now it’s just because they are a lot of work! So when someone by the name of “Anonymous” posted in a comment how they make cinnamon rolls, I was intrigued! Not only was it super simple, but they had also “doctored up” the idea, making it irresistible!
I decided to make them last weekend. I started them Saturday night…and Sunday morning all I had to do was turn on the oven and 25 minutes later we had hot, fresh, semi-homemade cinnamon rolls! They were a big hit amongst the “free to eat gluten” members of the household! (Don’t worry, I made it up to my son Kell and made him his favorite Pumpkin Pie Cake!) :-)
After the feeding frenzy was over…it occurred to me these would make perfect Christmas cinnamon rolls! By the time everyone is done ripping open presents the cinnamon rolls would be just coming out of the oven! Even if you have a different Christmas morning breakfast tradition (ours is Strawberry Waffles)…these would still be a nice (and simple!) addition.
Short on time? Try the canned cinnamon roll hack in my video at the end of this post!
Super Simple Christmas Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 bag frozen cinnamon rolls (12 count)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream (measured AFTER it’s melted)
- 5 Tablespoons butter
Put frozen rolls into two greased 8 x 8 pans. (I didn’t have any square pans, so I used pie plates which made for slightly unusually shaped rolls…but they tasted delicious nonetheless!) You could also use a 9 x 13 pan.
Add sugars, ice cream and butter to a saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute then pour over the frozen rolls and place in the oven overnight. The next morning bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then drizzle icing that came with the rolls over the top.
Yummy-looking aren’t they? But to get down to the bottom of their deliciousness you have to dig deeper….like “bottom of the pan” deep. That is where you can see the “secret sauce” we added on top of the cinnamon rolls before we baked them. That, my friends, is what elevates these super simple cinnamon rolls to being worthy of Christmas cinnamon rolls!
What is your traditional Christmas Morning meal?