Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Easy Cinnamon Roll Biscuits

 I mentioned the other day that I wanted to try these Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits.  Well this morning I made them since I my Dad and brother were coming over.  This way I wouldn't end up eating half the pan myself.

Dear God.  The deliciousness.  And the simplicity!  I have made these Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls before and while they are the most amazing cinnamon rolls I've ever had, they also take forever to make and are quite the production.

But these biscuit cinnamon rolls are really speedy to put together because there is no rising involved!  And they taste really really really good.  Especially when you slather on some Cinnabon icing!  I think they took me about 20 minutes to make.  And then they only baked for 13 minutes!  That is dangerously fast.

So here is the recipe and a few pictures.  I'm posting what I did since I reduced the butter and sugar and added icing.  Oh and changing the name because I think it's much more appropriate.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Biscuits
 2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup applesauce (I never use vegetable oil)
3/4 cup buttermilk
70% of a stick of unsalted butter, SOFTENED (reduced from 1 stick in the original recipe)
2/3 cup granulated sugar (next time I'm going to try 1/2 cup brown sugar instead)
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon

Cinnabon Icing- I halved the original recipe since the above recipe only makes 8 biscuits
30% of a stick of butter (reduced from 1/2 stick in the original recipe, I'm trying to shave calories & fat here and there)
3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/8 cup Neufchatel cream cheese (I didn't taste a difference with the reduced fat)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
sprinkle of salt (technically should be 1/16 of a teaspoon, but....)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 9 inch round baking dish lightly (I used Pam).

2. Mix together the first four ingredients.  Add in the applesauce and buttermilk until nicely combined.

3. Roll dough out into a 15 x 8 inch rectangle (I didn't measure mine).

4. Spread SOFTENED butter onto the dough.  (If you are impatient like me this will be a very difficult step).

5.  Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Sprinkle mixture evenly over buttery dough.

6. Roll up rectangle, jelly roll style.  Pinch seam together.

7.  Cut biscuits off of the giant roll to about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Arrange in greased pan.

I added butter to the top since I used so much less on the dough than called for.  Next time I won't do this cause it wasn't necessary in the end.

8.  Bake for about 15 minutes. Then you get these:

9. To make icing: Mix together all ingredients until fluffy.  Spread over biscuits while they are STILL WARM so that it melts into the dough.  Yummmm!

You might notice once the icing was on the biscuits immediately disappeared before they could even be photographed.


  1. Nice pictures. That is always nice to see a step by step when you're trying a new recipe.

  2. Thank you! Step by step pictures are fun to take : )