Monday, July 1, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Bites

These turned out really good!  They were best fresh, but they didn't really taste like a cinnamon roll if that's what you wanted.  Leftovers, they actually tasted like a cinnamon roll as a bite sized piece!  They were good just room temperature, or warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave.

Cinnamon Roll Bites



1 & 1/2 cups hot water
1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 1/2 - 4 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup {1 stick} salted butter, melted

1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla

In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar and let sit until frothy.  Add the salt and vegetable oil and mix well.  In a large bowl, mix yeast mixture and about 2 cups of flour.  Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough starts to pull away from sides and is no longer sticky.  Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.  Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Let rise for one hour, until doubled in size. {Or if you're doing this the night before, just place it in the refrigerator and go to bed.}

Preheat oven to 375°F. Punch down dough and knead on a floured surface until smooth again; set aside.  In a small bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon.  Place butter in another small bowl.
Rip off small pieces of dough {I used like a quarter size} and roll into a ball.  Dip the ball in the butter and then roll it around in the sugar mixture; place on a greased cookie sheet.  Repeat steps 12 & 13 until you fill your cookie sheet up and then bake for 10-12 minutes.  Do this until all the dough is gone.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla until smooth.  Use a spoon to drizzle your frosting over the cinnamon roll bites.  Serve warm.

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