Valentine’s Day is often considered a romantic holiday but I like to make it about all of the people I love in my life, most importantly my children. We do this by having a special family dinner with a Valentine’s theme. Heart shaped mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes piped onto their plates in the shape of hearts, and these rolls are always part of that menu.
My children love cinnamon love knots and its such a special treat to have a yeast roll with the surprise of cinnamony sweetness.
Of course, if the recipe is from me you know its going to be streamlined and easy for those of us with limited time in the kitchen who still want to add that special touch to our meal! Frozen roll dough make this recipe possible for anyone who doesn’t have the time to make dough from scratch.
You’ll need: Cinnamon, sugar, frozen yeast roll dough, and a stick of margarine. It doesn’t matter what brand of roll dough you get, this is what Wally World had but I have used other brands and had just as good of results (I couldn’t tell the difference).
Oh and folks….my cinnamon costs fifty cents a bottle. Seriously. Fifty cents!
Place dough balls on plate that has been sprayed with cooking spray and let thaw.
These photos are a bit off because my five month old Nikon camera went kapoot due to a defect which had been determined on previous models of the same camera, but that Nikon still continued to sell regardless of this fact ~smiles sweetly~. They are going to fix it for me (the generous little dears) but I have to mail my camera back to them and wait four to five weeks to receive it back. Hmmm, would it have been easier to fix the known defect before selling the cameras? I know, my thinking is just backwards. I got the “little lady” treatment when I called them, too. Obviously me bein’ a woman and all, I’m just not thinking clearly. Best get back to cookin’ so I don’t tax my wee little brain cells ~grins~.
Place sugar and cinnamon in bowl.
Stir until well combined. Now you know I’m gonna be disappointed in you if you don’t taste a pinch of that.
I mean, how could you (in good conscience) roll your dough in that if you aren’t really sure it tastes good!?
Once your dough is thawed, roll it out into six inch tubes.
This is a great time for your kids with play-doh skills to help
Tie those into knots.
Dip each knot into melted butter
Roll in cinnamon sugar
Repeat with all of them. Now if you want it to be even sweeter, you can dip the tubes in the butter and cinnamon/sugar before tying them into knots. That gets them covered a lot more.
I do both, depending on my mood.
Cover the rolls with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray so it won’t stick to them.
Make sure that plate they are on has cooking spray on it too!
Let them rise until doubled in size, one and a half to two hours.
See, if you roll them in the butter and sugar mixture before tying them there won’t be the bald spots on them after they have risen. I just wanted a little less sweetness this time (dieting….shhh! don’t tell!).
Once they have risen, transfer to a greased baking sheet.
I lined mine with foil because I was feelin’ lazy. ~she says in a sing-song voice~
You can also let them rise on the sheet if you want and then just take your plastic wrap off before baking.
Place these in a 350 degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.
For an added treat, serve these with the cinnamon cream cheese icing recipe below!
- 8 balls of Frozen yeast roll dough (such as Rhode’s)
- 1 cup sugar 2 T cinnamon
- 1 stick margarine, melted
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ½ stick margarine or butter
- 1½ to 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp butter flavoring (can substitute Vanilla)
- 1 T cinnamon
- Place dough balls on plate sprayed lightly with baking spray to prevent them from sticking. Allow to thaw but not rise.
- Once thawed, melt margarine in microwave. Stir cinnamon and sugar together in separate bowl. Roll out dough into tube about six inches long. Tie into knots.
- Dip into margarine and then roll into cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on greased pan and cover with greased plastic wrap. Leave in warm place and allow to rise until double in size (about one and a half to two hours).
- Bake at 350 for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until brown. For an added treat, prepare the following cream cheese icing to be served with rolls.
- Soften cream cheese and margarine by leaving out on counter until it reaches room temperature. Combine the two in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.
- Add sugar. Mix until smooth.
- Add flavoring and cinnamon, mixing until well incorporated and icing is creamy.
- Serve with warm rolls.