Traditional “Christmas Tradition” Cinnamon Rolls

Traditional “Christmas Tradition” Cinnamon Rolls

Traditional “Christmas Tradition” Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

Dough: 

  • 3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees) 

  • 2 1/4 tsp active yeast 

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 5 tbsp butter, unsalted

  • 3 1/4 cup flour 

  • 1 tsp salt 

Filling:

  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened 

  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened 

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar 

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Method:

  1. First, activate the yeast. Dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F) Add 1/2 tsp sugar. Wait 5-10 minute for mixture to foam. (TIP: if you do not have a thermometer, heat water in a small sauce pan until it is warm enough to where it “stings” your figure, but you are able to leave your finger in the water. If you have to pull it back, it is too hot. If there is no “sting”, it is not warm enough.) If you yeast does not foam, throw it out and start over.

  2. Once yeast is done, add to the bowl of an electric mixer. Add in sugar, salt, eggs, and butter. Mix well until combined. Next, gradually add the flour. Add as much as you can until it becomes too much for the mixer. Remove from the bowl and continue to need by hand for 5-8 minutes. 

  3. Transfer dough ball to an oiled bowl. Cover with a warm bowl. Allow dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes- until dough has doubled in size. 

  4. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and roll out into a large rectangle- about 15X8. 

  5. In a small bowl, mix coconut sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Spread this sugar mixture all over the surface of the dough. 

  6. Tightly roll the dough into a wheel- starting at the shorter side. Cut with a sharp knife into 9 rolls.

  7. Place rolls in an oiled 9x9 inch baking dish or a round 9 in pan. Cover with a warm towel again and allow rolls to rise for another 30 mins. 

  8. Preheat oven to 350. Remove towel from rolls and bake for 20- 25 minutes. 

  9. To make the frosting: combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and fluffy. 

  10. Allow rolls to cool for 5 mins before adding icing. Serve immediately. 

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Spicy Nut Biscotti

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all! This is a family recipe that my mom and her sister’s make every Christmas- and have for as long as I can remember! Biscotti is such a great holiday gift as well! That and a bag of organic, fair trade coffee - that’s a grade A gift!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tsp ground ginger root

  • 3 1/4 cup flour

  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chip pieces

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Method

1. Beat butter in large bowl on med to high for 30 seconds.  Add sugars, baking powder,

cinnamon nutmeg; beat till combined. Beat in eggs and gingerroot till combined.

beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining

flour with a wooden spoon. set aside 2 tbsp of the nuts. Stir in remaining

nut into dough. Divide dough in half.

2. Shape each portion into 12 in roll. Place 5 in apart on a parchment covered cookie

sheet. Flatten slightly to 2 in width. Sprinkle reserved chopped nuts on top

of loaves.

3. Bake in a 375 for 20-25 min or till lightly browned. cool 1 hour on cookie

sheet

4. Cut into 1/2 in slices bake 325 for 10 min. turn, bake 10-15 min more . cool

on wire rack

5. Melt chocolate pieces and coconut oil. Dip bottom edge of each cookie into

chocolate. (FYI- I forgot to do this step before I took my photo)


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Spike Apple Cider with Whipped Cream

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Ingredients

  • 10 apples, quartered (I used a mixture of Red Delicious and Granny Smith) 

  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 tbsp whole cloves 

  • 1 tbsp nutmeg 

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream 

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 

  • spiced rum of choice


Method

  1. Quarter applies into large chunks and place them in a large stockpot. Add enough water to cover them a few inches. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, sugar. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer, covered, for 2 hours. 

  2. While this is cooking, make whipped cream: place mixing bowl and whisk of a standing or electric mixer in the freezer for 20-30 mins. Pour heavy whipping cream and vanilla into the bowl and whisk on high until medium to stiff peaks form. About 1 minute. Be careful to not over beat. 

  3. Strain apple mixture through a sieve. Discard solids. 

  4. To assemble drink, pour 1.5 ounces of rum into drinking glasses. Add warm cider, and top with whipped cream. 

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Gingerbread Cookies- For Decorating & Eating!

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 3 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1 stick (4 tbsp) softened butter

  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients: flour, spices, salt and baking soda. 

  2. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium for about 1 minute. Add the egg and beat until smooth. 

  3. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture slowly. Add the molasses and beat until well mixed.

  4. At this time, wrap your dough in beeswax wrap or saran wrap. Chill dough for about an hour. This is to prevent it from being too sticky and easier to work with. 

  5. When you are ready to bake, preheat over to 350 degrees. 

  6. On a well floured surface and a well floured rolling pin, roll out your chilled dough until it is about 1/4th inch thick. Cut cookies and using a spatula, place them on a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Save, press together, and re-roll scraps. 

  7. Before putting the cooking in the oven- make a hole in the top using a wooden skewer if you are planning on hanging them as decorations! If you forget to do this, it will be impossible to make a whole they are baked without breaking them. 

  8. Bake cookies for about 12-15 mins, or until they are dull and dry. Be careful not to overcook them if you plan on eating them! They get dry! :)

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