Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Dust off your bread machines. Don’t have one? I see them barely used at garage sales all the time for under $10 but usually around $5. This recipe can be dumped into the bread machine on the “DOUGH” cycle the night before and prepared the next morning.


1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 cup warm milk
1 egg, room temperature
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
1. In the pan of your bread machine, combine water, melted butter, vanilla pudding, warm milk, egg, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast. Set machine to Dough cycle; press Start.
2. When Dough cycle has finished, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 17×10 inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over dough.
3. Roll up dough, beginning with long side. Slice into 16 one inch slices and place in 9×13 buttered pan. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. While rolls bake, stir together cream cheese, softened butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk. Remove rolls from oven and top with frosting.

Cheesy Biscuit Bombs

Here is another super easy recipe that can be an addition to any meal, for breakfast or for an appetizer. Scroll to the bottom for variations on this recipe.

biscuit bombs

  • 1 Container of Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits
  • 12 ounces of  your favorite cheese, cubed
  • 1 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp.  Italian Seasoning

Slightly flatten the biscuits and add 2-3 chunks of diced cheese inside and seal them well. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet. Brush the top with melted butter or olive oil. Sprinkle on the parmesean cheese and Italian seasoning.

Bake at 350 15-20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch.


  1. Pepper Jack Cheese  – replace the parm cheese with cheddar (or another yellow cheese) and replace the Italian Seasoning with Taco Seasoning
  2. Bleu Cheese – omit the parm, substitute melted butter for olive oil, and sprinkle ranch dressing mix instead of Italian seasoning
  3. Longhorn – substitute cheddar for parm, melted butter for olive oil, and sprinkle chili seasoning mix instead of Italian Seasoning

Biscuits & Chocolate Gravy

Here are two more recipes from the family heirloom cookbook. These recipes are tried and true family favorites. They aren’t something I want to try in the future, they are proven winners with the family.

7up Biscuits

These baking mix biscuits are fluffy and perfect for any meal. Coupled with the chocolate gravy recipe below, it’s an easy breakfast and one that everyone from Grandpa to the kids will love.

Chocolate Gravy

   choc grav 2

No Knead Refrigerator Rolls

Here is another family favorite recipe that was added to the Heirloom Cookbook compilation.

butt rolls

My mom has been making these rolls for almost 40 years. They are a staple, and an expected addition to all family meals, gatherings and events.  About 25 years ago they were nicknamed, “Butt Rolls” by my adorable nephew, Tony. (Tony now has 7 adorable children of his own, a testament of how time flies!) You can see where Tony got the impression and named them such in this pic:


You can also make them into the clover leaf shaped rolls like these:

clover rolls

The recipe:

In a small bowl, combine:

  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 cup warm, NOT hot water

Stir together and set aside.

In a large bowl combine:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour

Stir together, and with a pastry cutter, cut in 4 tablespoons of shortening.

In a separate bowl, combine:

  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 3-4 drops yellow food coloring
  • Water & yeast from step 1

When combined, beat by hand into dry ingredients until smooth.

Transfer into oiled bowl, cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled into size.

Punch down and form into desired roll or loaf shapes and cover with towel until doubled in size.

Bake in preheated 425 degree oven until golden brown.

When you remove from oven, brush with melted butter or shortening immediately.

The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.