Some bunny asked for some easy cinnamon rolls?
I don’t know if it is just me, but I get on a roll when it comes to homemade recipes. Once I do one, I feel like I have to conquer a few more. I made homemade beignets a few weeks ago. Ever since then, I have been wanting to make another recipe with yeast. Here I am with an easy cinnamon roll bunnies recipe because Easter is right around the corner!
Easter calls for all the bunnies.
Bunnies are so much apart of the Easter holiday. I mean, you can’t have spring with out all the cute little bunnies and chicks, right? It was no wonder that I was going to put a twist on something to represent the cute little creatures. I have made homemade cinnamon rolls before. There is just something about homemade cinnamon rolls when compared to the store bought canned version.
Don’t get me wrong here. I will gladly purchase all the canned cinnamon rolls because they are good and so easy! When I have the time though, I am going for the homemade version. This recipe below is quite possibly the best one I have made thus far. The waiting time is not ridiculous and the cinnamon rolls are chewy and not so bread like. I have had other homemade cinnamon rolls that were too bready. If that makes sense to y’all.
Take advantage of the wait time.
I usually don’t do well with patience or just waiting. With these easy cinnamon roll bunnies, you will have to give the dough time to rise 2x during the process. This is important to the fluffiness of the cinnamon rolls. Without the rising time, you will have dense cinnamon rolls. No thank you!
During the waiting times, you can get a few other things done in the process. Like prepare the cream cheese icing and even clean up the kitchen from the prep work. I even got my kids dressed and ready during the 1st rising time, which is about 1 hour or until the dough doubles.
Let’s get to that easy cinnamon roll bunnies recipe!
- 4-5 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 package of active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup butter, almost melted (very soft)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp almond extract
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups of the flour and the yeast.
- Heat up the milk in a small saucepan (or in microwave if watching carefully) until it reaches 120 degrees F. Then add the milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, butter, and salt to the flour mixture. Stir until incorporated.
- Add the 2 eggs to the mixture and stir until combined. Add in the remaining flour until a dough is formed and is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
- If you have a dough hook attachment, knead the dough with it for 3-5 minutes or until the dough is moderately soft and elastic. This can also be done by hand.
- Add the dough to a lightly greased bowl; cover with a damp towel and set in as warm place for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
- Punch the dough down. Then turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cover; allow to rest for 10 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper while you wait.
- Roll the dough into a 18x12 inch rectangle; spread the cinnamon filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 4" border along the 'short' side of the rectangle as well as a 1/2" border along the long sides.
- Roll up the rectangle from the filled 'short' side; don't pinch the dough to seal the seam. Slice into 8 equal pieces; then arrange on the prepared baking sheet with spiral sides up.
- To shape the bunnies: gently uncurl the 4" of the roll without the cinnamon filling and cut in half lenghtwise and shape to give way to bunny ears.
- Cover rolls and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they nearly double in size
- Preheat oven to 350F; bake rolls for about 12 minutes or until light brown. For frosting, mix together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, milk, and almond extract until the cream cheese is mixed well.
- Spoon the frosting onto the rolls after they have cooled for about 2 minutes. Enjoy!
Hop to it!
Don’t wait on trying on this recipe. I promise, this is going to be one of your favorite cinnamon roll recipes!