Healthier Cinnamon Rolls

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December is the perfect time for great breakfast whether you’re cooking Christmas morning, New Years day or just want to serve something healthy, warm and comforting for family and friends. Put these Healthier Cinnamon Rolls on your list and enjoy these scrumptious breakfast treats without any guilt! Here are some of my other favorite cinnamon roll recipes I can’t wait to try! Happy holidays to you!

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies via Creme de la Crumb

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls via The Hopeless Housewife

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Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars via Cooking Classy 

Fall and Halloween Favorite: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes are my kid’s favorite. This recipe is so simple and so delicious. This is a great fall or holiday breakfast idea. I love to use the Halloween Pancake Molds from Williams Sonoma which include a pumpkin, bat and cat shape. So cute and fun!

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Incredibly Easy Blueberry French Toast

Blueberry French Toast

This recipe is perfect for this time of year when spring brunch celebrations are upon us. When we have family brunches, I am always  asked to make this version of Blueberry French Toast. It’s my niece, Jamie’s, favorite, as well as my kids. This recipe is a breeze and can be done overnight. Just see the directions under “preparation” below. It can also be done with strawberries or even bananas in the middle of the cream cheese layer. I love to use Challah bread, but if you can’t find that, use a good French bread.

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Miniature Almond-Cinnamon Rolls

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I love breakfast, especially during the holidays when I make something homemade, warm and comforting for my family to enjoy. One of my favorite breakfast pastries is cinnamon rolls, and I thought I would do what I do best as a National Professional Recipe Developer. I create recipes from scratch and twist them to develop recipes that are new, delectable and exciting. These miniature cinnamon rolls are all of those adjectives and more. I used Pillsbury crescent roll dough and filled it with freshly chopped almonds (instead of pecans). I also used a touch of almond in the icing which adds mouth-watering flavor. This recipe is so easy to prepare, and turns out fabulous. Just beware, they disappeared in about 30 seconds at my house, so you might want to double the dose. 


Miniature Almond-Cinnamon Rolls

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 12 minutes

Yield:  20 rolls

Ingredients

 1 (8-ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls

2  teaspoons dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans (optional)

1/3 cup powdered sugar

2 to 3 teaspoons skim milk

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

1. Unroll crescent rolls, and separate into 4 rectangles; press perforations to seal.

2. Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over dough.

3. Roll up, jellyroll fashion, starting at a long side; press edges to seal. Cut each long into 5 slices, and place in a lightly greased 8-inch round cakepan; sprinkle with almonds, if desired.

4. Bake at 350F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

5. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and remaining ingredients; drizzle over warm rolls.