Homemade cinnamon rolls are easier to make than you think – I promise! They are also very easy to change up and make for special occasions like Valentine’s Day! Just use your favorite cinnamon roll recipe to make a delicious homemade treat for any day.
I love to make cinnamon rolls! I have several different recipes I use to make them – mini cinnamon rolls, a cinnamon roll ring, and just basic cinnamon rolls. My favorite way to make them, though, is to take a batch of never fail easy bread dough, and make that in to cinnamon rolls. Really, you can use any bread dough you like – even a frozen loaf will work. I saw some heart shaped cinnamon rolls on Pinterest weeks ago and thought they’d be a super cute Valentine treat for my kids.
The process to transform normal cinnamon rolls in to heart shaped cinnamon rolls is fairly simple. I used my Maple Java Cinnamon Roll recipe, but I wasn’t thrilled with the results. Next time I’ll just use bread dough.
First, roll out your dough in to a rectangle. Then brush on melted butter – about 2-4 Tablespoons. Sprinkle with enough brown sugar to cover the dough well and then add cinnamon to taste. I use about 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Next, roll both of the long sides of the dough rectangle in to the center until they meet. Just go slowly and use some flour if the dough sticks.
Slice the long roll in to individual rolls – about 2″ each. Gently put the rolls in to a greased baking pan and pinch the bottom to make the point of the heart.
Bake according to recipe directions. If you are just using bread dough, I’d go with about 20 minutes at 375 degrees and keep checking.
So the points of the heart softened up some, I think because my dough was pretty soft. But my kids were super thrilled and knew they were hearts and that’s really all that matters!
I did put some pink tinted glaze on them, but next time I’ll take a minute to actually make a yummy cream cheese frosting to put on them. You could also add nuts or chocolate or whatever else you’d like to the filling!