In case you missed it, Kaylee just turned 9. It has been an exciting time in our lives… right now, my darling 9 year old is only 9 inches shorter than her Mama. There is no doubt that in a few short years time, she will pass me up. 🙂
Kaylee and I took a trip to Minnesota for her Birthday, where we had the honor of being houseguests of my good friend, Meg and her family. We visited the Mall of America and enjoyed shopping at American Girl and lunch in the AG Bistro. Kaylee brought home a new friend, Kit Kittredge to join Mia St. Clair.
Once we were back home with the rest of our family, we hosted a small slumber party so that Kaylee could share her birthday with some close friends. Kyler and I made some cinnamon buns for the kids’ breakfast and they were a huge hit.
Here’s our recipes:
Regular (cheater style) Cinnamon Buns- Otherwise known as Princess Leia Danish Dos (we had a princess themed party) from the Star Wars Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes Cookbook.
1 Tbs. real butter (we used about 2 Tbs per roll)
1 10oz package refrigerated pizza dough (we used the pillsbury croissant sheets, they don’t have the precut shapes… found at Fred Meyer)
2 Tbs. Granulated sugar (we doubled this) Mix together with cinnamon in a bowl or empty shaker
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (we just shook it into the sugar until it looked right)
1 Tbs whole milk
1/3 cup powder sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
The only thing I changed for gluten free version was to replace the dough with a gf one and sub Earth Balance for the butter… here’ s how:
(Notice the holiday china… I collect mix and match at Goodwill to use at the girls’ parties… no throw aways!)
1 cup The Cravings Place All Purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix
3 Tbs. Earth Balance Soy Free Spread
1/2 cup filtered water
Cut the butter into the pancake mix. Add water and mix well. At this point, I sprinkled a little more dry mix in to give it a dough consistency vs. a batter. Roll out between two sheets of natural parchment paper into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Finish like you would for the regular buns. Be sure to keep the dough on a layer of parchment, then use the parchment to help roll the dough up, this keeps it together much nicer.
So… now that you have dough-
Roll it out on a lightly floured surface (unless GF, then use parchment as described above). Spread with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar combo. Roll from one end to the other into a log. Seal ends and seem. Cut into 6 – 8 equal size pieces. Place in prepared baking pan. Bake for about 20 minutes at 325 F. (Until golden brown). We made 8 packages of regular buns and one batch of GF buns. Use smaller baking pans for best results, we found out that our large (9×13) pan left the center buns not all the way cooked.
Combine milk, powder sugar and vanilla to make a glaze… whisk until smooth and glossy. Pour over the buns. Enjoy!