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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.

INGREDIENTS:

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,
softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
DIRECTIONS:
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.
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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.

Variations:

  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

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My Family’s Favorite Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

I made a family favorite breakfast this morning, and thought I’d share the recipe. This can be doubled or even tripled if you are making a holiday or even breakfast for a crowd.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cans of crescent rolls (I buy mine at Aldi for only $1.29 each)
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, browned & drained
  • 6 eggs, softly scrambled
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (your favorite kind)
Directions:
Patch together crescent rolls in an 8×8 baking dish, including the sides of the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until about half way cooked.
Remove from oven and cover with sausage and your softly scrambled eggs.
Return to oven for about 5 minutes, or until eggs are completely set.
Cover with cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.
I vacuum seal the leftovers in individual servings and freeze them. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and microwave in the morning. You have an instant, filling breakfast. 
Variations:
  • Brown & drain Chorizo, use pepper jack cheese and top with salsa and sour cream.
  • Use leftover pot roast, sauteed mushrooms & onions and smoked provolone cheese.
  • Make a vegetarian option by using tomatoes, onions, peppers, sauteed squash, and any other veggies you like.
  • If you’re not a fan of sausage, crisp bacon is definitely an option.