Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I made these on Sunday morning, and I would highly recommend them for the breakfast in bed tray next Mother’s Day! šŸ˜‰Ā The thing I love most about this recipe is how it combines two of my favorite comfort foods: pancakes and cinnamon rolls.Ā See the original post and recipeĀ here!

Cinnamon Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

To make the cinnamon filling, mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Transfer the mixture to a ziplock baggie and put aside to thicken. It helps to “massage” the baggie occasionally, even though it makes you feel silly!

Cinnamon filling.

Cinnamon filling.

Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the glaze, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove and add the cream cheese, whisking until it is almost smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar, and then add in the vanilla extract last. I also added a little milk to thin out the glaze and make it easier to drizzle.

Delicious cream cheese glaze!

Delicious cream cheese glaze!

Lately, I’ve been using this recipe for pancakes that came with my Star Wars pancake molds. šŸ™‚

Pancakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the pancake batter, whisk two eggs in a medium bowl until frothy. Add the milk, melted butter,Ā flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla.

Directions:

1) Heat a large, nonstick skillet on medium heat. Use butter or vegetable oil to grease the pan. Add the batter, and reduce the heat to medium low.Ā When your pancake begins to form bubbles, get ready to add the cinnamon filling.

Adding the cinnamon filling.

Adding the cinnamon filling.

2) SnipĀ the corner of the ziplock baggie. Starting at the center of the pancake, squeeze the filling in a swirl. Don’t go too close to the edges of the pancake! If you’re feeling creative, you could try some alternate designs!

You can taste the love!

You can taste the love!

3) Cook the pancake 2 minutes on low heat, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake. Flip and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. When you remove the pancake, make sure to wipe the pan clean with a paper towel for the next one.

4) Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of glaze!

Cinnamon Roll Pancake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Cinnamon Roll Pancake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Needless to say, they tasted as good as they looked. I especially enjoyed the cream cheese glaze, a lovely alternative to always having syrup on your pancakes! šŸ™‚

French Toast in a Cup

Day 2 of my 7-Day Microwave Mug Challenge! Check out the original recipe here.

I found it a little hard to follow with the directions split up with step-by-step pictures. I love including pictures, but I also like to have all the important parts in one place so I can review the whole process before beginning.Ā I am a nerd.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of bread
  • butter, 1/2 tablespoon
  • 1 egg
  • milk, 3 tablespoons
  • cinnamon, sprinkle
  • vanilla, to taste
  • syrup, if desired

1. Lightly toast the bread and cube into 1-inch pieces. I used two slices of bread,Ā because who just eats one piece of French Toast?

2. Microwave the butter in the mug until melted; slosh around until the inside is coated. Fill the mug with the bread cubes.

3. In a small bowl, combine egg, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour into mug over the bread pieces. Stir around until they are evenly coated. Microwave for 1 minutes and 20 seconds.

Once again, these people are using Lilliputian-sized coffee mugs.

Staged photo, anyone?

PrudentBaby’s French Toast in a Cup

I’m sorry, but that photo is just too pretty. Nothing comes out of the microwave looking that pretty. Mine certainly didn’t!

ShinyHappyPeebles' French Toast in a Cup

ShinyHappyPeebles’ French Toast in a Cup

Pretty easy recipe with minimal mess — though I would say it turns out more like a bread pudding. I still prefer some crispy on the outside, mushy on the inside, skillet French Toast!

Coffee Cup Quiche

Day 1 of my 7-Day Microwave Mug Challenge! I made a few edits. Check out the original recipe here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 Whole Wheat Bagel Thin
  • 2 teaspoons cream cheese
  • 1/2 slice ham
  • Thyme
  • A pinch of Cheddar Cheese

1. Beat egg and milk together with a fork in a coffee cup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tear bagel into dime-size pieces; stir in. Add cream cheese; stir in. Tear ham into small pieces; add to mixture. Sprinkle with thyme.

2. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Garnish with cheddar cheese. Microwave 20 seconds.

Now, I don’t know what kind of miniature coffee mug they used for their picture, but it definitely doesn’t puff up that much!

St. Louis Today's Coffee Cup Quiche

St. Louis Today’s Coffee Cup Quiche

Perhaps my Bagel Thins substitution made a difference in the puffiness? I also substituted cheddar cheese on top for the Dijon mustard, because that’s what I had in my refrigerator!Ā I also used a thick, sugar-glazed Curel ham slice — I don’t usually have fancy-shmancy prosciuttoĀ on hand. šŸ˜› Anywho, mine didn’t look as pretty, but it certainly tasted delicious!

ShinyHappyPeebles' Coffee Cup Quiche

ShinyHappyPeebles’ Coffee Cup Quiche

Unfortunately, I took my picture after stirring it up to incorporate all the ooey-gooey cheddar cheese and cream cheese. My stomach got ahead of my camera!

What I really like most about this recipe, other than the simplicity, is the portion size. It was the perfect amount of food to start my morning!

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Comfort foods are a great thing. Delicious, indulgent, usually nostalgic — they can soothe just about any bad mood or grumbly tummy. What’s even better is comfort food that is easy to make!

Since it has been such a crazy week at work, and I have been especially demanding on several of my co-workers for a big project, I decided to make the office a Friday morning treat!Ā This recipe for Mini Cinnamon Rolls is one of my favorite recipes. It is so simple, and yet such a crowd pleaser. These things disappear FAST!

Here is what you need:

  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • chopped nuts (optional)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Unroll both cans of crescent rolls and separate each sheet of dough along the center perforation to form 4 rectangles. Press the diagonal perforations to seal the triangle pieces together.

Stir together the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spread this mixture evenly over each rectangle. You can sprinkle chopped nuts over the spread, if you like. Roll the rectangles up like a jelly roll, starting at the long end.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Keep the dough cold. It’s easier to work with!

Use a serrated knife to gently slice each “log” into six 1-inch pieces.Ā Use shortening or a spray to grease two 8-inch cake pans. Arrange the rolls about 1/4 inch apart. Bake at 375Ā°Ā for 15 minutes.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Ready for the oven!

While the rolls are cooking, stir together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt. Drizzle this mixture over the rolls when they get done in the oven! And enjoy the ooey-gooey goodness!

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Just for funsies, I did a batch with Nutella as the filling! Something I saw on … wait for it … Pinterest. Anyway, these Nutella Rolls were less work and equally as delicious. WIN!

Mini Nutella Roll

Mini Nutella Roll

So to make these, you just need the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Nutella — and then the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt to make the glaze!