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Simple Walnut Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are my signature Christmas morning dish. Over the years and through trial and error, I have found that between the shenanigans of Christmas eve and the early morning alarm clock of children screaming with glee “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” I needed a recipe that was out of this world delicious but simple enough so that I could still enjoy the morning with my family.

Bingo bango! Here it is. Warm, gooey, crowd pleasing cinnamon rolls.  My time-saving secret is that I use frozen bread dough!

To add great texture to my rolls and cut back on richness, I add chopped walnuts. The espresso compliments the cinnamon and gives it that little something extra.

Ooey gooey breakfast decadence!!!

Simple Walnut Espresso Cinnamon Rolls
Print Recipe
Walnut espresso cinnamon rolls
Servings Prep Time
6 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Simple Walnut Espresso Cinnamon Rolls
Print Recipe
Walnut espresso cinnamon rolls
Servings Prep Time
6 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
Cinnamon Rolls
Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings:
Instructions
Cinnamon Rolls
  1. Remove the frozen bread dough from the freezer. Transfer the dough to a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Let dough sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to make it easier to work with.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to a 15x7 inch rectangle. This does not have to be perfectly measured! If you fall short of these measurements, your cinnamon rolls will still be delicious.
  4. Take 4 tablespoons of the melted butter and brush all over the dough. Be generous!!
  5. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and sprinkle over the melted butter. This mixture will seem like a lot, but trust me, use as much if not all of it! You will thank yourself when you take a bite. Layer your crunchy walnuts over the spice mixture and then BOOM! finish the filling with a dust of espresso powder.
  6. carefully roll your dough jelly roll style, keeping all the yummy bits in the roll.
  7. Once completely rolled, cut roll into 10-12 slices and transfer to a greased baking dish. Brush remaining tablespoon of butter over the top of the rolls.
  8. Let the rolls rise in a preferrably warm, draft free area for 1 hour. Make your frosting while you wait. Do this because you want to be ready to immediately spread the frosting into every nook and cranny of those warm freshly baked rolls.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Combine the softened butter and cream cheese in a mixer until well incorporated. Add the vanilla. Slowly add your powdered sugar until you reach your personal desired sweetness. Set aside.
Back to the cinnamon rolls
  1. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes until these babies are golden brown and your kitchen smells AHmazing!
  2. Slather the rolls with rich cream cheesy goodness. Get it all up in there!
  3. Serve warm and savor every sweet gooey morsel.
  4. SEE!! NOM NOM NOM
Recipe Notes

finished cinnamon rolls with coffee pinterest

Cinnamon rolls are a holiday staple! Make these and save yourself some sanity and time!

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Then with that extra time...VOTE FOR ME!! PLEASE!!

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Sara Pittman

Sara is from sunny San Diego CA. She is a wife, busy mother of 3 and amateur chef stumbling through organized chaos on a daily basis using sarcasm and humor to soften the blow...that's what she said. She will take any opportunity to demonstrate the running man in public and enjoys being a sarcastic smart ass.

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