Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ooey Gooey Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls!

So, these snow days are kind of bad for a diet....and days like today when it is rainy and sleety - we can't even get out for some exercise.
The cinnamon rolls aren't exactly diet friendly either but trust me, they are worth every single calorie!

These cinnamon rolls are sweet and provided a nice afternoon treat....yes, that's right - I had them at 3 in the afternoon and they were good!

Here is how you make them.....

Ooey Gooey Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

1 Loaf Frozen Bread Dough
1 1/4 Cups Brown Sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Flour
1/2 C. Butter, softened
2 oz. Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. Butter, softened
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 C. Powdered Sugar
DIRECTIONS:  Allow bread dough to thaw and double in size (follow directions for thawing on the package).  Take an 11x17 pan and butter the bottom.  Place a piece of parchment paper over the greased dish and then butter again.  Once dough is thawed, roll out into a large rectangle.  Spread 1/2 C. softened butter onto the dough.  Next, combine brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.  Sprinkle this over the dough.  With a rolling pin - roll the sugar mixture into the dough.  Starting on the long side of the rectangle, roll dough tightly into a log shape.  Cut the rolled bread into 1 1/2 - 2" sections and place side by side in the prepared baking dish.  Cover with saran wrap and sit in a warm place.  Allow to double in size - until rolls are just touching - approx. 1-2 hours.  Preheat oven to 350.  Remove saran wrap from the rolls and place in oven to bake.  Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned, do not over bake.  While your cinnamon rolls are baking, you can make the icing.  Beat together the cream cheese and 4 tbsp. butter until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat again.  Add powdered sugar and beat 5 minutes.  When you remove the rolls from the oven - place 1/2 the icing mixture onto the rolls.  Once cooled you can icing with the remaining icing.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Peppermint Patty Steamers!


Tonight we made another special treat.....peppermint patty steamers.  Honestly, I think that steamers is just a fancy name for steamed milk.  In this case, we used peppermint patties and it really was more like a hot chocolate drink.
Peppermint Patty Steamers
2 Small Peppermint Patties
1 Cup + 1 Tbsp. milk
DIRECTIONS:  Break up 1 1/2 peppermint patties into the bottom of your mug.  Measure 1 tablespoon of milk and place with the peppermint patties.  Microwave for 20 seconds, stir and if you need to microwave another few seconds to make the patties and milk smooth, do so.  Heat remaining 1 Cup of milk on stove top over medium heat, being careful not to boil the milk.  Pour heated milk over the melted peppermint patties, stir and top with whip cream if desired and garnish with remaining 1/2 of peppermint patty.


Peanut Butter Granola!

So today is yet another snow day around our area!  Thought I would try my hand at making some granola since I really can't go any where!

Here is what you will need:


This recipe is courtesy of:

When you remove it from the oven, let it cool completely and break into bite size pieces like this:

Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks!

Peanut Butter Granola
1/2 C. Peanut Butter (I used creamy)
1/2 C. Honey
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 C. Old Fashioned Oats
DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine peanut butter and honey in a medium sized bowl.  Microwave approx. 30 seconds.  Stir or whisk until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Add oats and stir to completely coat them.  Spread on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, break into pieces and store in container for 2 weeks.