Farmhouse Cinnamon Rolls

Several years ago, many moons as they say, I was introduced to a food combination that made me take a step back. Being a southern girl from a farming and fishing community on Coastal NC, the concept of eating a cinnamon roll with a bowl of chili just sounded…well..nasty!  Daddy always said, gotta try it before you can say you don’t like it. So, I tried it…Can you say YUM! Where has this Midwestern delight been my whole life?!

I decided then and there, that I had to learn how to make cinnamon rolls… I had never made them before, so it was an adventure….

Now, the PoP cinnamon rolls will do, heck, they are good as can be, in a pinch. BUT!! These easy “homemade” rolls, from frozen dough, are…dare I say? To die for! Okay, that seems a bit over the top…but they are good!!


You will need:


One bag of frozen yeast roll dough

flour for dusting

1 stick of butter ( salted)  melted  Yup, a stick

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon


2 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla

3 1/2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Allow the dough to thaw and then add two rolls together. Dust with flour and knead together.


Roll the dough out and make it look like a snake. Work kinda fast and roll the the dough into itself. I tuck the end under the roll to hold into place .

Add to a parchment lined sheet pan, I can get 12 to a pan.


They will not look perfect, and you don’t want them to… they are rustic.


Melt butter over low heat, then add the cinnamon and the brown sugar. Stir until combined…. the brown sugar will be rather thick. That’s ok…


Brush the rolls with the butter “sauce”  covering them completely.


If it looks like they are swimming, they are…. it’s cool… they like it.

Cover and keep in a warm place until they double in size.


Bake at 350° for 12-16 minutes or until golden brown.


While they are baking… make the icing, you will want to put the icing on while they are still very hot.. it makes the crackle…… oh that crackle….


I love icing… its just so……… I’ll get back to you with an adjective.


Add the tsp of cinnamon after you have mixed the glaze.



Remove from the oven and immediately brush with the glaze, add a little or a lot…it’s up to you !



That’s a pretty adjective.


Allow to cool in an airy place, like, um a table? ( giggles) Do not cover….

Serve with milk, coffee or in our case… next to a big bowl of Chili!



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