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Small Batch Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Thanksgiving!

While you are baking, these Rosemary Fans are a staple at my Thanksgiving table. If you need something a bit quicker to put together, try these simple, flaky biscuits. While the dough is rising, get yourself in the holiday spirit with A Christmas Miracle, a dizzyingly tall tale very true story (I swear) of heroism and Cheerios.


Were I to guess at such things, I'd bet that "How many calories are in one of Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls?" is an awfully common question in some people's mind. The rolls are very popular and look seriously decadent with that generous helping of gooey icing on top of the fluffy rolls.

CrThe answer is, perhaps not as many as you think. 

Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls recipe, however, makes a HUGE batch of cinnamon rolls. I mean, sure if you live on a ranch and have to feed hungry cowhands (which are neither cows nor hands, discuss), make them for holiday gifts, or you have a big freezer you can stuff full of them you might be able to cope with 40-50 cinnamon rolls, but what about apartment dwellers or people with an itsy-bitsy little freezer? Like a large percentage of the people I know.

Well, how about a small batch recipe?

Small Batch Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 12

Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1/2 package)
2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour, divided (plus 1/4 cup for kneading)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder (heaping)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (scant)
1/4 tablespoon salt (heaping)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons melted butter, for pans

Note: Add 2 cups of flour to the warm milk mixture and reserve the 1/8 cup to add with the baking powder, etc.

Maple Frosting

1/2 pound powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/8 cup whole milk
1/8 cup melted butter
1/16 cup brewed coffee
tiny pinch salt (technically 1/64 tsp, what is that 12 grains?)

Snag the adjusted quantities from here and go over to Pioneer Woman for the instructions: Cinnamon Rolls 101 (the long version with a gazillion purty pictures) or the printable (short) version.


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