Brunch Cinnamon Rolls

Cover recipe: Taste of Home Recipe Card Collection, Brunch Cinnamon Rolls: Fall 2013

Cover recipe: Taste of Home Recipe Card Collection, Brunch Cinnamon Rolls: Fall 2013

I’m a sucker for any kind of pastry dessert. Especially breads that involve a gooey brown sugar cinnamon filling and are drizzled with maple glaze. So when I passed the fall issue of the Taste of Home Recipe Card Collection, I was immediately drawn in. I love these issues because they are filled with pages of recipe index cards displaying so many delicious recipes that I know I have to try. These meals are the simple comfort foods that your whole family will love, like hearty casseroles, fresh-baked breads, comforting soups, and they really help to keep the meal rotation fresh.

This fall issue has a wonderfully delicious looking cover filled with these Brunch Cinnamon Rolls. Since I love cinnamon rolls it wasn’t hard to convince me to try them, but after getting the issue home and reading through the recipe again, I realized there was no yeast used in these rolls. I’ve been looking for a good yeast free cinnamon roll recipe, so I was excited to try them but a little skeptical that they could live up their yeasty counterpart. Did they live up to expectations? Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.

Brunch Cinnamon Rolls

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Brunch Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 50 min


3/4 cup 4% small-curd cottage cheese
1/3 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Maple Glaze
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a food processor, combine the first five ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; cover and pulse until mixture forms a soft dough.

2. Transfer to a lightly floured surface; knead 4-5 times. Roll into a 15-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Brush butter to within 1/2 in. of edges. Combine the pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place cut side down in a greased 9-in. round baking pan.

3. Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over rolls. Serve warm.


This recipe was really easy to throw together, but I did find the dough was a little finicky to work with since it was soft. You can add a little extra flour if you find your dough is too sticky. Don't worry if your rolls seem too loose, they will puff up while baking and turn out just fine.

Source: Taste of Home

The results:

These rolls really surprised me. Really. I expected the dough to be dense and heavy but they turned out a light, fluffy, biscuit-like cinnamon bun. I really loved the easy food processor prep for the dough, and without having to wait for rising time these rolls were in the oven baking in no time at all.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

As I said I was skeptical about this one, but the results speak for themselves. They were light, fluffy and moist and filled with a crunchy  brown sugar pecan filling that was really good. The maple glaze was a nice addition but a regular glaze would be wonderful too. While a good yeasted cinnamon rolls will always have a soft spot in my heart, these rolls are really great for a quick breakfast roll to serve to company without the hassle of all the prep work.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

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9 Responses to “Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons”

  1. 1

    Nancy (n.o.e.) — April 12, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    This is just the kind of salad I go for, so I’m thrilled to see your review (and glad the salad made the grade).

  2. 2

    Maria — April 12, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Looks like a winner to me!

  3. 3

    Michelle — April 12, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    Sounds interesting, but definitely too much heat for me. I like your adjustments though. Thanks.

  4. 4

    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — April 12, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    YUM! Love all the color going on there. Going to bookmark this one for sure. And I have that same towel. Great photo!

  5. 5

    Fuji Mama — April 21, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    Mmmmm, this is totally my kind of salad. I think I need to make it just for me and make it extra spicy, LOL! I love all the color and mix of textures too. Thanks Paula!

  6. 6

    Christy — April 21, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    Wow! What a pretty salad. I love the colors and it looks like a truly tasty dish. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 7

    Marisa — April 21, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    Pretty pretty photo – better than the one on the cover in my opinion!

  8. 8

    Simone — May 24, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    Wow! Thank you for posting! I saw this issue in the supermarket and went back to buy it 3 days later and it was gone. I called the magazine and they were no help. You saved the day! I will now be able to enjoy this salad. Thanks again!

  9. 9

    Sarah — June 7, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    Hi Simone,
    I apologize you had difficulties getting your hands on a copy of the April/May 2010 issue of Taste of Home. Please contact Brenda Wendt in our Customer Service department directly at 800-934-0977. She will be able to help you out.
    Thank you!
    Sarah, Senior Editor

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