I hate having to throw away food or ingredients – which is how I found myself making quick and easy cinnamon rolls out of leftover pizza dough late one Sunday morning. These sweet and sticky treats are a great way to put surplus yeast dough to good breakfast use. They are by no means traditional, but will fill your kitchen with cinnamon-sugar goodness after a quick roll, fill, roll and bake. Finish with cream cheese frosting for extra flair, or just eat the frosting while the rolls bake. Your kitchen, your rules.
Quick & Easy Cinnamon Rolls
makes 3 large, or 6 small cinnamon rolls
Ingredients: 8 oz pizza dough, store bought or pre-made Brown sugar Cinnamon Butter, melted ¼ cup cream cheese, softened 2-4 Tbs milk, any fat percentage ½ tsp vanilla extract Confectioner's sugar, for frosting
Preheat oven to 400° F. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, measure amounts to your taste and the number of rolls you choose to make. Add a pinch of salt.
On a floured surface, roll dough into a large rectangle, as thin as possible. Cut into three or six strips, lengthwise. Brush all with melted butter. Sprinkle a generous mound of sugar mixture along one side of each strip. Roll each strip tightly lengthwise, then spiral dough from one end to the other to create roll.
Arrange rolls in a greased, glass baking dish or pie plate, leaving a small amount of space between each. Bake 10-12 minutes, but try not let rolls brown (they won’t be as soft).
To make frosting, whisk cream cheese with confectioner’s sugar to your taste. Thin with a little milk if desired. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.