By: Alison Marras
December 21, 2015
(updated October 22, 2020)
Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning was always a childhood tradition. We’d pop open some of those refrigerated doughy rolls and heat them in the oven, and get that icing melted over top right when they came out — mmmmm. As if opening presents wasn’t enough, there was that too. AH-Meezing. I haven’t really had a cinnamon roll in quite some time, but have fond memories of those little things. Well this year, I decided to give it a go by making my own with almond flour. I found manyyyyyy types of gluten-free cinnamon rolls out there, most include yeast which is traditional, but I have 0 luck with yeast. I sit patiently waiting for it to rise… and whomp WHOMP… barely ever does. I’ve gone through the “maybe it went bad?” thing… but it didn’t, it’s me. Alas, that’s not stopping me. I really liked the technique I found from The Urban Poser blog, so I referenced that a lot when putting my own spin on it.
So, I drafted up the recipe on what I’d use to achieve a slightly crispy on the outside, super soft on the inside, and gooey on top cinnamon roll. I arranged all my tools and ingredients… and WHAM.
WHERE. IS. MY. ROLLING. PIN?!
Why would it ever go missing?
Who misplaces a big rolling pin?
This Girl, that’s who!
So I got creative, found my husband’s stick ball bat (just a long wooden bat, oh yes I did) AND GOT TO WORK. Literally nothing was stopping me from making these… and it actually worked quite well 🙂 I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my hunt for where in the WORLD my real one went.
So, if at any point, making these seems intimidating, remember that I used a stick ball bat to roll out the dough and they still turned out well. You got this.
Back to the rolls. You can easily grab this recipe and instead of making the maple sesame filling and topping, just use cinnamon with a sweetener of your choice. You can also add nuts or seeds or raisins if you’d like, it’s very adaptable. BUT. If you love sesame, tahini, and maple syrup – you’re going to want to try this. They remind me a bit of those honey sesame snacks – do you know the ones I mean? Plus cinnamon, plus on a hot delicious roll. So, yeah. It’s kinda a big deal.
I hope you make these and enjoy them as much as we did… I’ll be prepping the dough late on Christmas eve (among other things!) and will be ready to bake and slather first thing in the morning.
Happy Winter Solstice today and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Day Off (I hope) and everything in between. Wishing you and your families all the very best from my kitchen to yours… XO.
makes 9-10 rolls
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