Adventures in Breakfast: Sleep-In Cinnamon Rolls

By Alyse Borkan  |  Aug 22, 2014
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Nothing that will get us out of bed like the sweet and spicy smell of warm cinnamon rolls. That, and a blaring alarm clock set to the Eurythmics.  However, as we’re the ones making them for ourselves in the morning, we want them to take as little time as possible. So we present to you our thirty minute sleep-in cinnamon rolls. Go ahead, hit the snooze button and dream of these.

You will need an empty stomach, a sweet tooth, and an extra hour in bed to rest off your food coma. Also, some ingredients.


  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup of nuts (if you like nuts)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted (separate for topping)


  • 2 ½ cups flour, sifted (plus extra for rolling)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • sprinkle of cinnamon



1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Mix together dark and ight brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt for filling. Set aside. Chop nuts into pea-sized chunks. Set aside in separate bowl. Get that butter ready to be melted later.


3. In a large bowl, mix together sifted flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk and 4 tbsp melted butter. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix juuust until combined (over-mixing makes the dough tough). Place dough on lightly floured surface and knead slightly until the dough forms a ball.


4. Sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough so the rolling pin doesn’t stick. Roll out dough evenly until it is about ¼ inch thick and rectangular. Melt 2 tbsp butter in microwave and pour on flat dough. Spread the butter so that it covers the dough, leaving ½ inch borders on all sides. Sprinkle as much of the cinnamon-sugar filling as you desire on top of the melted butter — again leaving a ½ inch border. We like a lot filling and there will still be a little leftover to sprinkle on top of the baked cinnamon rolls. Like nuts? Sprinkle some of your favorite chopped nuts on top of the sugar mixture.


5. Carefully roll up the dough into a log and pinch the edges closed. Cut into 6-8 slices (depending on how thick you like your rolls). Place the slices into a buttered/powdered-sugared pan. Spoon the extra 1 tbsp of melted butter and sprinkle extra cinnamon-sugar mixture or nuts on top of the rolls. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.


6. While the rolls are baking, mix together the powdered sugar, milk and cinnamon for the glaze.


7. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven when they are golden brown. At this point, your home will smell like a cinnamon wonderland. Top with glaze, and don’t be stingy. Dump on some more cinnamon-sugar and nuts. Go crazy. Eat yourself into an AM food coma and go back to bed.


— Tested, tasted, and typed by Claire Hillman

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