My boys wanted something ooey and gooey to eat. The holiday weekend here had them spending much of their time engaged in some sort of outside play resulting in ravenous appetites, and I was happy to oblige their request. The "recipe queue" in my brain is filled with ideas of may things I'd like to try and I knew just thing to make on this occasion...cinnamon rolls.
I did some research yesterday afternoon into making cinnamon rolls and was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it seemed. I was also shocked at just how much sugar and butter is generally used in the dough and the filling...large, large amounts! That's when I had the idea to use a slightly adapted version of my whole wheat pizza dough as the basis for this recipe. The result was a nutty more flavourful dough (thanks to the whole wheat) without the sugar ladden flavour. The inside was made according to most other recipes and the whole thing was iced with a maple cream cheese glaze...yummy!
I made these treats for my boys and didn't engage them in participating. Sometimes I enjoy the act of surprising them with a treat instead of teaching them how to make it. Having said that, this recipe could easily be made with even the smallest child acting as your sous-chef. Once the dough has made it's initial rise, spreading the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon will be a simple job for any helper you may have, and they'll all delight in rolling the dough and cutting those individual rolls.
After a day of outside play and fresh air I'm sure your young ones will be happy to indulge in some ooey, gooey treats that they may or may not have helped you create...and either way I'm sure they'll be happy to help you eat them!
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls, with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze, my recipe