Tuesday, March 18, 2014

French Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Rolls

These little gems have become an obsession around my house since  I found this recipe online back around Christmas time, On The Frugal Foodie Mama.Yes I know its been 3 months since Christmas, it's just taken me this long to have someone leave them be long enough for me to take a picture of them. Even then I needed to take a picture of them with a friend of ours holding the whole batch that he promptly devoured all on his own.

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So I have a bit of a small cult following when it comes to these yummy goodness all wrapped up in sweet cinnamon and sugar. It's really nice considering before these I could NEVER and I do mean never get a Cinnamon roll to work out. My sisters Fianc√© laughed at me because he is from Georgia and even HE knows how to make a good Cinnamon Roll, his Mamie taught him when he was young.

I was really worried because this called for a box of vanilla cake mix. Yup I said it... boxed cake mix. So for me that is already disaster since I can never make anything out of a box... But let me tell you it really really works!! No one will ever know it started with a box mix!

So here is the recipe:

*Please note The original says it take 2 hrs. in total. I have only ever been able to do it in about 3-3.5 hrs.

    For the dough
    • 1 3/4 cups French Vanilla cake mix (about half the box of mix)
    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 package of active dry yeast
    • 1 1/4 cups warm water
    For the filling
    • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
    • 1/2 tsp ginger
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    For the glaze
    • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tbsp milk
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • In a small bowl, add the yeast to the warm water. Let sit until the yeast is dissolved.
    • Meanwhile in a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix, flour, and salt. Add in the yeast/water mixture & the vanilla and mix well.
    • Cover with a clean cloth and allow to rise for 1 hour.
    • Punch down the dough and then cover and allow it to rise for another 30 minutes.
    • Spray an 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
    • In small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and the spices for the filling. Add in the butter and mix well. Set aside.
    • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    • Once the dough has risen for the second time, turn out onto a well floured surface. Knead 5-7 times, and then roll out into a rectangle to about 1/4 inch thick.
    • Spread the brown sugar/spiced butter evenly over the rectangle of dough.
    • Starting with the bottom of the rectangle, roll the dough lengthwise into one long roll. Cut into 12 even slices.
    • Place swirl side up in the prepared pan. Cover with the cloth and set on top of the warm stove.
    • Allow to rise on the preheating stove for another 20-30 minutes.
    • Once they have risen for the third time, bake for 15-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
    • Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before topping with the glaze.
    • To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth.
    • Drizzle over the baked cinnamon rolls.
    • Enjoy!
    • ** If you need these for a larger crowd, you could use the entire box of cake mix& double the ingredients listed above. Using the entire box will make 2 dozen cinnamon rolls
    Finished product! Enjoy!


    1. Yummy. I might have to try these, they look delicious.

      1. Please do give them a go. & they are that yumm.

        Let me know how it goes if you do try them.