Cinnamon Roll Donuts are all you'll want for breakfast from now on. That brioche dough is to die for!
I have a MAJOR weakness for coffee-house style baked goods. Big, fat, fluffy, over-sized pillows of baked goodness. YES. These cinnamon roll donuts are exactly that. They are the kind of impressive treat you’d happily shell out $4.95 for at your neighborhood cafe.
I based the recipe on my blackberry sticky buns which were based on a Cooks Illustrated article I read a zillion years ago, which basically assures THE BEST brioche dough imaginable.<<<-- run on sentence of the century
Anyway. It’s totally versatile. I used the same dough base some time ago to make what I call “sweetheart rolls”. They are orange-scented, and filled with cream cheese and strawberries. It’s good stuff, ya’ll. BUT. With these cinnamon roll donuts, I went a different direction with the filling and then used the technique from my favorite apple walnut Danish recipe. That post has a step by step tutorial with photos if you start on these donuts and aren’t sure how to twist.
I baked the twisted rolls in two standard donut pans. I considered going full-fried-donut with this one for a minute -- like I was almost there. But if you follow me on a regular basis, then you know that it has only been about a week since I very nearly caught my kitchen on fire while all my dogs barked at me. I was looking forward to eating donuts and having no fire alarms in my future.
If you decide to fry things up, PLEASE TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT. That said though, a donut pan will totally suffice. Bake ‘em up and frost away!
If cronuts are croissants + donuts then are these rollnuts? Cinnuts? I feel like this conversation is taking a turn for the worse awfully fast here, so I’m going to bow out of creative naming for now and tell you that if you need something a little simpler, you might want to try this strawberry cheese Danish recipe (made with crescent rolls!).
If you want to try your hand at something a little more pro I have spied this AMAZING cranberry bagels with cinnamon recipe from one of my fellow Food Fanatic contributors. Those bagels are so pretty I can’t even believe she made them at home!
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