I tried something different Christmas Eve morning. Crockpot cinnamon rolls. Yeah, you read that right.
I do love a good cinnamon roll, but I have a hard time getting them soft and gooey. I always manage to over bake them.
But the crockpot helps this out! I made an overnight cinnamon roll recipe, put the rolls in the crock in the fridge overnight per instruction. The next morning, we stuck the crock in the "pot" on low to until the rolls started to rise and then switched it to high for about an hour or so.
And wow! Perfect!
So here you are, Crockpot Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
1 ¼ cups milk
¼ cup butter
1 tsp salt
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
3.5 to 4 cups flour
Heat milk, butter, salt, and sugar to 120 degrees F (Microwave works well for this).
Add 2 cups of the flour and the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
Add the warm milk mixture and egg and beat on low to medium speed for about 3 minutes. Slowly add enough of the
remaining flour to make a soft and pliable dough. Continue to kneed until the dough smooth and elastic. You know, how dough should be. Cover and let rest for at least 20 minutes. I might have just let it rest for about 3 hours, but whatever, this ain't rocket science.
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
Chopped nuts (I used pecans)
Blend the filling ingredients together. Roll out the dough into a long rectangle. Then spread the filling all over the dough. Starting from a long end, tightly roll up the dough like a jelly roll.
Cut evenly into slices about2 inches thick, and place cut side
down in the greased crock. Cover with the lid and put in the fridge over night.
The Next Morning
Put the crock in the "pot" and turn it on low to allow the rolls to rise. Once they rise (about 30 minutes or so) turn the crock pot to high and put a dish towel under the lid to absorb some of the moisture. Cook for about an hour (check periodically).
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp vanilla
Turn the rolls out on to a plate and cover in icing and enjoy!