bread machine cinnamon rolls

If you have overnight guests coming this holiday, consider making these to enjoy over some morning coffee and conversation.


We bought a bread machine a couple of years ago, and at that time I went on a sort-of bread machine bender.  One of my favorite things to come out of the bread machine was these cinnamon rolls.  They are just so good, I decided to make them for Thanksgiving morning.  They were the perfect match for some coffee and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


I found the recipe online a while back and have changed it to suit my needs.  You can make this breakfast treat the morning of; however, I prefer to have them ready to heat up in the oven in the morning.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 3/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon bread machine yeast
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons hot water
2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Add ingredients for dough to the bread pan of your bread machine in the order listed, and set on the “dough” cycle. Once completed, turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 10×18 inch rectangle. Brush the entire surface with melted butter. Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle across surface of dough. Repeat with pecans. Start at one long end and gently roll the dough, pinching the seams together at the long end. Use a very sharp knife to cut the roll into one-inch pieces. Place pieces, cut side up in a greased 9×13 pan. Cover the pan with a slightly damped towel and place in a warm spot to rise for about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 300º. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until set but not brown. Remove from the oven, cool, and cover.

When ready to serve, preheat oven to 375º. Bake the rolls, uncovered, for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. To prepare icing, melt butter in a small sauce pan. Stir in vanilla and hot water and remove from heat. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle the icing over the warm rolls. Allow to cool slightly, then serve. These are best enjoyed the day they are made.

cinnamon-roll cinnamon-rolls

Beware how good these are.  You will find yourself eating half the pan if you are like me!  Enjoy!Signature

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breakfast trifle

Sometimes you are on a roll, you know what I mean?  Last week and early into this week I have been getting really creative with my dishes while keeping things (mostly) healthy.  Partially because I have been tied down to the house working on potty training my son, partially because I am trying to use what I have before buying more and we have lots of produce from our CSA, and partially because I am inspired.

I have been enjoying this seasons fruits very much.  First it was yogurt and fruit.  Then I added some muffin.  Then layered it in a rather fancy way.  Now we have a fabulous breakfast trifle.  I call it breakfast because it is fruit, yogurt, and muffin.  Really though, it tastes like dessert.


We have some cut up muffin, some greek yogurt, fruit (peaches and raspberries), and toasted coconut.  Some side notes…the muffin was kind of cheating.  It is vanilla muffin, which is really just a glorified cupcake with no frosting.  I suppose you could get a little healthier with the muffin but I didn’t want to overpower the yogurt or fruit with a grainy or fruity muffin.  Do what floats your boat.

My other side-note.  Chobani is by far my favorite yogurt so you see me use it a lot.  I am not paid to say that and don’t receive anything from Chobani for saying that.  I was introduced to it years back at a the Boilermaker 15k race expo and have not looked back since.  I think it is the best.  That’s my own opinion.

Assemble in jars for individual servings, or if you are fancy and have a trifle bowl, use that (I don’t have a trifle bowl..hint hint Mom).


I served this to my kids on Saturday morning after my “test run” on Friday.  For Miss Moira, who usually drags out any and every meal until I am begging, negotiating, and straight up just taking her food away, it was a winner.  She ate it in seconds flat.  Ronan, well he dug out the muffins and the peaches…


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