The ‘know you had a crappy day’ cinnamon rolls

My husband had one of those days where he had to do something at work that no one wants to do. I knew it was going to be hard on him and I knew he’d feel really crappy afterwards so I tried to think of things the kids and I could do to help him feel better. First we cleaned the house because everyone feels better when the house is clean. Then we made him some cinnamon rolls. He complains that I can’t just make the high fat/high calorie ones and I’m always trying to make things healthier. So in honor of his lousy no good day I made him the good stuff!

After I got done making them I wondered why I didn’t make them more often, they were a lot easier than I remembered.


1/4 cup warm water

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 package instant vanilla pudding

1 cup warm milk

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon whit sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons yeast

I did this all in my bread machine. I just threw everything in and turned it to the dough setting and waited for it to go through the cycle. When it was done I put some oil on my work surface and rolled out my dough into a rectangle.


1/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup raisins (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and pour on top of rolled dough. Once the filling is in place roll the dough beginning with the long side. Cut into 16 pieces and put in a 9×13 inch greased pan. Let sit until dough is double. I put mine in my oven and turned the oven onto warm and let them double. That way there is no moving so there is no chance of having them fall. Once the dough has doubled turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Cook for 15-20 minutes.


1/2 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons milk

Combine all ingredients and frost cinnamon rolls once they come out of the oven.

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