Easy Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch
Easy and the smell of cinnamon, a beautiful combination. This can be a great quick breakfast alternative when the kids are bored with the usual fare or a special treat for school lunches.
These were a frequent treat when I was a single parent of 3 and living in social housing on a limited budget. In fact my home would be a child magnet of the neighborhood children as the smell of cinnamon wafted through the complex. I would make extra batches to give those children a treat too. But I would have to lock the front door while they finished baking. Why? Because if I didn’t keep a close eye on the Cinnamon Rolls, I would find an older child with my oven mitts and the cookie sheet going down the walkway with a stream of other kids following. Although cute to watch, I knew I had to prevent future injuries—so, yes, I had to start locking my front door. But I always made sure to make extra and let the kids enjoy them.
For a festive alternative, try adding a little nutmeg and dried cranberries and have them available as a Christmas treat too!
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened (brick margarine could be a cheaper alternative)
¾ cup milk (or water)
- In a big mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Cut in with pastry blender the butter (margarine) until the mixture resembles small fine crumbs.
- With a fork, slowly add and mix in the milk (water) until mixture rolls up into a ball.
- Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured counter top. Knead the dough lightly 10 times.
- With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle shape and about ¼ inch thick.
- Lightly wet the surface with water. Sprinkle cinnamon over the surface.
- Variation: Before rolling up try sprinkling a small amount of nutmeg along with the cinnamon and sprinkling dried cranberries on top also.
- Along the long side of the rectangle, roll up and gently pinch the seam tight.
- Cut the tube into ½ inch slices.
- Lay slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
Yield: 24-30 cinnamon rolls
Recipe by: Theresa Buker and can be found in the Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook