Christmas morning is always special. And these cinnamon rolls make our Christmas morning so special, I’m jumping to tell you about this recipe now.
For my husband and I, Christmas morning is greeted with luscious cinnamon buns.
Before we went naturally sweet, cinnamon rolls were a major vice. Who doesn’t love all that cinnamony caramelized sugar center. And that cream cheese frosting! Not to worry, these buns can be made at home in a healthier way and still taste just as awesome!
Not a smidgen of refined brown sugar or refined flours is used in this recipe, and still, these cinnamon rolls are the greatest treat during the holiday season! Happy holidays!
The base of this recipe is one you lovely readers have already seen here. These cinnamon rolls start to finish, take slightly a bit longer than an hour because of the filling (and frosting if you decide to make it), but still nice and easy. You can also make the dough the night before and save rolling out and baking for the morning. Keep the dough in the fridge until you are ready to use it. Keep it covered and beware, it likes to grow!
Naturally Sweet Cinnamon Rolls
1 Tablespoon Yeast in 1/2 cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Powdered Honey or Raw Honey
1 1/4 cup scaled Milk (2% or almond)
5 Tablespoons unsalted Butter
1/3 Tablespoons Powdered Honey
2 Large Eggs, beaten at room temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup Wheat Flour
4 cups Spelt Flour
1/2 cup Soft Butter
2/3 cup Coconut Sugar
4 Tablespoons Powdered Honey or Xylitol
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
Cream Cheese Glaze recipe to follow.
On a floured surface, spread out dough to be a big rectangle. Spread the softened butter all over dough. Sprinkle coconut sugar, powdered honey and cinnamon evenly over buttered dough. Roll dough lengthwise to form a rolled log. Take a knife or piece of dental floss to cut 1 1/2 to 2 inch slices from the log. Make sure to be consistent with the sizes for each bun so they bake evenly.
Place cinnamon rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and coconut sugar if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. For a more traditional cinnamon roll idea, place the rolls in a 9 by 13 greased baking dish, cover and bake for 20-25 minutes. Either way, they are delicious!
3 Tablespoons Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup unsalted Butter, softened
2 1/2 cups Xylitol or Erythitol, finely powdered
In a medium sized sauce pan, combine butter and xylitol until xylitol has completely dissolved. Let cool. Add cream cheese and maple sugar. Stir in vanilla and salt. Enjoy over warm cinnamon rolls!