Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

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‘Big Picture’ life thoughts:

Be kind.  Be kinder than you think yourself possible.  Be passionate.  Live fully, wholly, and unapologetically. Apologize when you’re a bonehead… for real.  Show gratitude.  Express joy.  Feel pain.  Empathize… with eye contact.  Slow down, breathe deeply.  Love hard… always.  Celebrate big and small.  Gather and  share.  Be brave.  Show praise.

‘Small Picture’ thoughts:

Where the heck are my car keys?  Why does this sweater look stupid?  Do I really need a set of matching towels in my bathroom, or are these hand-me-downs cool?  Wait… did I pay that bill?   I know you’re scared, Joy… do it anyway.  Don’t forget to feed the cat.  Don’t forget to write that email.  Don’t forget to write that other email, and send that picture, and write up that recipe.  Don’t forget to try and write it all down on that long list of other things you’re trying to forget. Don’t forget to sleep some.  Set your TV recorder?  Can’t.  Hopeless. Wait… slow down.  Chill out.  Try to think more ‘big picture’ life thoughts.  Don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees.

‘Big picture and Small picture’ thought:

How many more things can I make with biscuit dough… like, now!

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I’ve been caught up in the day to day stress-bits lately.  It’s hard to see big when small tasks are so present and demanding.

Butter.  Biscuit dough.  Buttermilk.  These are all worry-tamers in my book.

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Shaggy and cold dough will be formed into a loose, lightly floured disk.

It’s the beginning of very good things.

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This is how you’d roll biscuits.  Big and thick.

For biscuit cinnamon rolls, we’ll roll the dough much thinner.

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Dough is topped with melted butter and cinnamon sugar filling.

Come on… you know this is when things get bonkers.

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Rolled and sliced.

Cinnamon rolls.  Extra butter.  No rise time.

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I will never not love this sort of image.

Never not.

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Let’s talk about these little darlings.

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls are like no other cinnamon roll I’ve ever had.  There’s hardly any kneading.  There’s no rise time.  There is warm, tender-centered, cinnamon flavored dough bites.  These pastries bake up with biscuit flakiness and rich cinnamon swirl.  They’re a bit more dense than your standard cinnamon roll… because they’re biscuits.

I think these rolls are best served warm, the day they’re made.  I quite like them with extra butter (duh) and a bit of strawberry jam.

Think of the ‘big picture’.  Think of the ‘grand scheme’.  Think of how much better those two would be with these rolls in them.

aaaand…. I love you.

Know what else is bonkers!?

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread.  aaaaand Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls.

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

makes 8 or 9 rolls

Print this Recipe!

For the Biscuits:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes

1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cold and cut into cubes (if you don’t have shortening you can certainly substitute unsalted butter)

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup buttermilk, cold

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Filling:

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg (optional)

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus a bit more for topping the biscuits before baking

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.  Grease a 8×8-inch square baking pan with butter and set aside.

In a small bowl, make the filling by mixing together sugars, spices, and salt.  Set aside.  Set melted butter aside as well.

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut in shortening and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Use your hands to break the fat cutes into the dry ingredients.  Some of the fat bits will be the size of peas and some fat bits will be the size of oat flakes.    In another bowl, combine egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat lightly with a fork.  Add the liquid to flour mixture all at once, stirring enough to make a soft dough.

Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 15 times.  If the butter has warmed too much in the making of the dough, shape the batter into a dish, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.  If the butter is still cool, shape the dough into a disk and, on a well floured surface, roll dough to a little less than 1/2-inch thickness.  My dough was about 12-inches long and 10-inches tall.  The dough will be rolled much thinner than a biscuit dough that you would cut biscuits from.

Brush biscuit dough with melted butter.  Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar filling.  Begin to carefully roll one vertical side into a fairly tight roll.  Continue rolling until you have a biscuit cylinder.  Using a sharp, floured knife, slice into log, about 1-inch thick.  Place rolls, in prepared pan.  Brush the tops with melted butter and bake for 13-15 minutes, until slightly golden brown on top.

These biscuit cinnamon rolls are best served warm the day they’re made.  They’re also good reheated with butter and jam.  

213 thoughts on “Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

  1. I love the simplicity of these. Easy for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast. Without all that pesky yeast. Thank you. Without sounding too awkward…I love you too.

  2. You have just made my children exceedingly happy– I have been trying to find time to make overnight cinnamon rolls all week without success. But I can totally manage biscuits. :) We will have a treat for Friday.

  3. There’s this hill in my area that if you go fast enough over, it makes your stomach drop to your knees. Everytime I drive over it I say, “That’s never not fun.” I thought I was the only one who used that – so glad you do too! Now off to make some biscuits because well… those are never not delicious :)

  4. Thanks for putting things into perspective. Does “Oh my gosh there’s only 1 biscuit cinnamon roll left!?” count as a little or big thought? ;)

  5. Gah, could you get any more inspiring? You just know what to say and how to say it. Simply, but with so much meaning. It is hard to remember the big picture when every day presents us with so many little picture tasks and worries.
    And ps, these biscuits look aMAZing!

  6. I’m planning to make danish pastries this weekend which involve SO much work…reading this post I’m wondering whether to just cheat and make some of these incredible biscuits instead! :-)

  7. I generally like my cinnamon buns yeasted, particularly made with brioche dough (like these) because they taste really rich and decadent.
    I never thought of using biscuit dough though. That takes the buttery factor to the next level.

  8. These biscuits are amazing! I love cinnamon so so much, I will have to try these!!!! thanks for sharing and for your beautiful words… Ciao, Francy

  9. They have recreated the cookbook. Now u can store your recipes from joy the baker in you own personal on line file. Easy! Organized! Perfect! I love it!

  10. I absolutely LOVE this post! Yes, the recipe has been ‘pinned’, but even more than that its the writing that I love. It reminds me of “Everything I Ever Really Needed To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum! Does this stuff just flow out of you? Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

  11. My sister-in-law introduced me to a similar recipe and I’ve been hooked ever since. So. Good. PS – love your cookbook! I’ve marked a few things to try this weekend.

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