Monday, February 24, 2014

Mel's Munchies: Not-So-Bad-For-You Cinnamon Rolls

I don’t know about you but I have a HUGE sweet tooth! Problem is, most of the sweets I crave are loaded with fat and calories. As a bride-to-be, I have to limit how much of those decadent treats I consume! Here’s a recipe that will trick your sweet tooth into thinking you’re eating an ooey-gooey-loaded-with-calories cinnamon roll!

Ingredients: 1 package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, 1 container of whipped vanilla frosting (this is important – less calories!), 1 tbsp of cinnamon, and 3 tbsp of sugar.  

First, preheat the oven to 375°. While that’s heating up, measure 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and put into a small bowl. Next, measure and add 3 tablespoons of sugar to the same bowl.

With a small whisk, gently combine the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.

Open the package of crescent rolls and separate the crescent triangles. The triangles are serrated so it should be easy to separate. If the dough is too warm, it could get messy. If so, place in them in the freezer for 5 minutes. It will be easier to work with.

Sprinkle a spoonful of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over each triangle. Use the bottom of the spoon to smooth across the surface of the triangle crescent.

Starting at the widest end of the crescent, begin to roll it inward until it’s completely rolled up.

Place each roll onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Make sure they are evenly spaced. They will expand as they bake and you don’t want it to turn into one BIG roll… or maybe you do?!

Once each roll is on the cookie sheet, place in the pre-heated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. These are best served warm, so don’t let them cool too long.

Place 2 heaping spoonfuls of whipped frosting into a small bowl. You can use this for dipping! Enjoy!

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