I learned that it’s not the best idea to grab a dog treat mid-run and put it in your pants pocket. Chances are you’ll forget to give it to the pup and will just launder it, ya know? I learned that storing a twinkie pan on the stairs is a bad idea. Especially when carrying laundry because then you’ll most definitely not see that pan and it’ll be a banana peel slip and fall situation. I mean, I’ve also learned that there are times when you should NOT ride a bike, but we won’t get into that.
Mostly, I learned that brushing cinnamon rolls with a baking powder/water deal and sprinkling them big pretty sea salt makes them pretzel-ified. It’s kinda magic. I’d rather learn about this stuff than that other nonsense for real. So here ya go! Mini guys so you can eat 4 and feel awesome about it.
Pretzel Cinnamini Rolls (makes 18)
Recipe adapted from The Top with Cinnamon Cookbook
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 4 T sugar
- 1 1/2 t kosher salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + more for kneading
cinnamon-y goodness –
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 3 T ground cinnamon
- 1 T baking soda
- sea salt
brown butter icing –
- 4 T butter, browned over medium heat
- 1 -1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- Whisk water, yeast, and sugar together in a large bowl. Set aside until foamy. Whisk in salt and egg. Stir in flour. Pour out onto a clean/floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, adding flour as needed, until you have a smooth, slightly sticky ball of dough.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with a clean dish towel and set aside to rise for 60-90 minutes.
- Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Divide dough in half. Roll one into a small rectangle. Spread with half of the butter. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Roll up and cut into rolls. Place in a parchment lined muffin tin. Do the same with the other dough half. Set aside to rise for 30 minutes. Whisk together the baking soda with 3 tablespoons of hot water. Brush rolls with mixture. Sprinkle with salt.
- Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until well-risen and dark. Set aside to cool.
- Beat together brown butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Frost rolls. Serve.
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