Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls
If you like peanut butter, you’ll love these Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls. A rich egg yeast dough is filled with gobs of peanut butter and chocolate chips, making for a breakfast your family will love!
I’ve started doing workout classes at the gym again. They really are the best way for me to stay motivated, and I really like classes unless my instructor is trying to kill me.
So, anyway, there I am at Belly, Butt, and Thighs, jumping around, doing squats, plank, and other general unpleasantness, when I catch site of myself in the mirror.
“Hmmm…,” I thought to myself. “I wonder why they put funhouse mirrors in the gym classroom?”
You know, funhouse mirrors? The kind that make you seem squat and fat in the middle when you’re really not?
For a fleeting instant I seriously thought it was a funhouse mirror. Then my hopes were dashed and I realized, no, that’s really old apple-shaped me in the mirror, jumping and jiggling to the dance-mix of Thrift Shop.
I must eat more pears. Or string beans. That would solve my apple problem, right? No?
Okay, I’ll make cinnamon rolls instead. More fun, and they taste way better. Plus, the gym instructors get paid more when people eat Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls. More cinnamon rolls = more people needing to workout = more money for the gym.
It’s basic economy 101.
So since it’s perfectly okay for me to make these, let’s talk about them. They. Are. The. BOMB.
It’s like eating a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast, with chocolate, all hot and melty. But the peanut butter tastes like a peanut butter cup.
I call them cinnamon rolls…but I didn’t put any cinnamon in them. Oh well. Cinnamon Roll, Sweet Roll. Whatev.
I like my cinnamon roll dough to be egg based, and I like to use butter for the fat. Because, well. It’s a cinnamon roll. Fat = Good. A few notes about making the dough:
- Make sure your yeast is fresh. I buy jars of yeast and store them in my refrigerator. If it’s past the expiration date, get new yeast.
- The milk needs to be warm to wake up the yeast. Heat it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds (mine took about 40). My milk was about 120 degrees when I added the yeast. (Tip: use a candy thermometer to measure the temp.)
- The yeast to milk ratio is small – don’t expect it to bubble after sitting for a few minutes. If it does, great. If not – that’s okay. Mine didn’t bubble. That always makes me nervous…but it still rose!
- When you’re letting your dough rise, it needs to be in a warm place. It’s summer…so that shouldn’t be a problem. Mine rose high and fast since it’s a bajillion degrees here in Sac. If you’re making this in winter it might take longer to rise…or you’ll need to do the oven method. Red Star Yeast has instructions for that. (I’ve never done it.)
Once your dough is risen, you can fill it as you like. For these Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls, I mixed peanut butter and brown sugar and spread it over the rolled out dough. After sprinkling with chocolate chips, roll, slice, and place in your baking dish.
I don’t like to get up at 3am to make breakfast, so I do all that the day before. Once the rolls are in the pan, I cover them with plastic and put them in the fridge overnight. Then next morning, I take them out, preheat the oven, and then bake them when the oven is ready.
Made ahead cinnamon rolls make for a happy mommy.
You’ll notice the absence of frosting on these. They were so rich and sweet and decadent, I think frosting would have put me over the top. But if you’re all “you must have frosting on cinnamon rolls!” I made some cream cheese frosting for another flavor roll I made the same day, and I’ve included it in this recipe. Cream cheese frosting would have gone perfectly on these!
Plus…I kinda wanted to show them naked. They’re kind of stunning that way.
That reminds me of the point of this post. Cinnamon Rolls make more money for gyms.
So…if they have so much money they could at least spring for the funhouse mirrors that make you look thin.
I’d be all over that in a flash. Kind of like these.
These are some serious rolls. Make them. Then go to the gym.
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