So in case you didn't know, I am a very new band mom. More about that here. The band is having a fundraiser, and they are selling pies and cinnamon rolls to get money for new uniforms which they really need because they are still using the one's they had when I went to school there ages ago. So they were asking for volunteers to bake rolls and pies. Pies kind of scare me. I don't know why. I think it is the crusts. I don't have a 'go-to' pie crust recipe, and I need to find one, but I just don't make pies that often, so I don't have one. If you have one, please share. Anyway, so I volunteered to make cinnamon rolls. Little did I know I would be making 6 dozen by end of this week. Gulp! I kind of panicked. I don't really have a 'go-to' cinnamon roll recipe either, so I needed to find one. I made a few batches earlier this week to see which ones would be best. I didn't get pictures of all of them, but here is what we did. . .
These are Mel's Kitchen Cafe Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. The recipe makes 2 dozen, but the problem was I didn't bake them long enough and they sunk in the middle and were really gooey and not done, but the outside edges and frosting were divine. I would make them again and just bake them longer. I will be making them again for my family, but not for the band. It is kind of an expensive recipe to make times 6 (with a box of pudding, bar of cream cheese each), so I don't think I will make these for the band.
These are Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls. They do not get as big as Mel's. They use a powered sugar glaze icing (PW's icing uses coffee which I don't put in). One batch makes 4 dozen cinnamon rolls (so I only have to make 1 1/2 batches instead of 3, perfect for band fundraising!) They taste really good, but the best part about these? You can make the dough 3 days ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge. When you are ready to make the rolls, just roll them out, cover with butter, sugar, cinnamon, slice, rise, and bake. One thing about these, PW melts her butter to put inside, but I think that is too messy. I just get my butter really soft so it spreads easily on top of the dough. Way less messy than having the butter melted. So, I already have a batch in my fridge, and I am going to make another batch of dough today, so tomorrow I will just be rolling out, cutting, baking, and frosting--6 dozen cinnamon rolls. Sounds fun, huh? What did I get myself into with this band thing???? Those new uniforms better be really nice. . .