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Land Of Nod Cinnamon Buns

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By mharasym on Sun, 12-02-01, 02:58

Curious about the name - it will become apparent shortly!

These Cinnamon Buns require no baking knowledge or skill what so ever! The only caution, keep the recipe handy if you serve them to anyone outside your home - guaranteed you'll be asked for it!

REMEMBER! Always check the ingredients you use to ensure it will be safe.

24 Frozen Dough Balls (These are available in the freezer section of your grocer, with the frozen pie crusts, filo dough, etc. They are about the size of golf balls and may be called Frozen Dinner Rolls.)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Vanilla Instant Pudding Powder (do NOT prepare the pudding - you use just the powder)
1-2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Raisins (optional - I prefer without)
1/2 Cup Melted Butter (Go for the gusto, don't use margarine!!!)

Just before going to bed the day before you want to enjoy these little pearls of joy, do the following.

Grease a bundt pan. If you don't have one, two loaf pans will do, but the effect won't be quite the same. Place the frozen dough balls in the pan - spacing as evenly as you can. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients in order onto the frozen balls. DO NOT STIR! Cover with a damp tea towel (not one you're very fond of as it will get stained with the cinnamon). Let stand overnight as you go to the "Land of Nod". Have a restful sleep.

In the morning when you wake up, the buns will have risen to the top of the pan. Preheat the oven to 350. Make coffee. Bake the buns for 25 minutes. Read the paper or crawl back into bed. Remove the buns from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Invert (tip over) onto serving platter. If you don't let them stand 5 minutes, the butter goo will be runny. If you let it stand longer, it will all stick to the pan. 5 minutes seems to be the happy medium.

Wait a few more minutes before letting the scavengers in. Just pull off the buns and keep plenty of napkins near by. Enjoy. These have become another Christmas tradition in our home. As well as Easter, Thanksgiving, birthday, etc, etc. I also take them into the office for a special treat for my co-workers. Note: This recipe is also egg-free if your buns do not have egg!

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By smack on Thu, 12-13-01, 19:53

I can't wait to make these. I buy cinnamon buns in the mall and they are amazing. I always looked out for recipes but never could find one. I will make them and tell you how they turned out. I do have a bunt pan!
Just a question, the cinnamon buns in the mall I go to have a white icing over them and its great. Do you do that? Or does the vanilla instant pudding powder make it like that?
If not, does anyone out there know what I'm talking about because you can actually buy extra icing for the cinnamon buns when you buy them. Its kind of like a white thin sweet icing that melts over the buns...its really yummy.
Well, you would think since our countries are soooo close we would have most of the same products in our grocery stores, NOT. I couldn't find Frozen dinner rolls or anything like that except for the Pillsbury Flaky Rolls that are not frozen, I did like the directions said, and hoped we wouldn't succumb to food poisoning by leaving it on the counter overnight (I'm a stickler for refrigerating food right away) Anyway, they turned out ok, the frozen golf size balls for dinner rolls sound better though so if anyone in Ontario, Canada reads this and knows where to get these, please let me know [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by smack (edited December 16, 2001).]

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By dominick'smom on Tue, 01-22-02, 07:39

Oh my gosh, we just made your reciepe. They were absolutly delicious! My PA son loves them and after his first bite said "Mommy, all of a sudden you have become a much better cook!". Thank you!

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By smack on Tue, 01-22-02, 14:09

I have made them as well but I can't find the frozen golf ball size dough so I just use Pillsbury flaky rolls and they aren't frozen so I use them right away.
This is what I did, I used cream cheese, a little bit of whipping cream, some icing sugar and a tiny amount of vanilla and beat it together and spread over them after they come out of the oven. It really tastes yummy.

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By mharasym on Tue, 01-22-02, 23:07

Smack - Sorry I didn't reply to your quest for the frozen balls. I'm afraid I don't know who supplies them in Ontario. I buy at Safeway in Winnipeg! If you can get the frozen loafs, then I think you could cut them into golf ball size pieces and have a go that way. Icing sounds yummy too! With all the goo the sugar and butter makes, my arteries are already having trouble so I just do them "plain!"

dominick'smom - You're Welcome. Glad you tried 'em and liked 'em. If your son thinks your awesome now, make the "Killer Brownies" Recipe I'm posting today!

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By smack on Thu, 01-24-02, 18:20

I was going to post a
heading "Where is mharasym?
So, I'm glad you responded. I never remember to read the profile on poster's because frankly, there isn't usually anthing there to read. Anyway, it did say you are in Canada, so I will continue looking at different grocery stores for the frozen balls.
My husband and kids love them too. It was nice making during the holidays!
Now I'm going to look at the recipe for brownies! or on second thought, maybe not until I lose some holiday pounds.

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By mharasym on Mon, 12-05-05, 00:32

Reraising - Egg & Peanut/Treenut Free - a Tradition for Christmas Morning in our home.

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By momma2boys on Mon, 12-05-05, 18:17

Sounds delicious. I just bought the ingredients.

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By Mimom on Tue, 12-06-05, 12:08

I made this and it was absolutely delicious! A keeper! I used the Rhodes frozen rolls after calling and being assured all of their products were nut-free.

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By happycat on Tue, 12-06-05, 20:19


I've made these often and they are yummy! (I'm thinking I might just pick up some frozen dough buns next grocery trip.)

Here's a variation on the recipe, in case you ever get tired of the original:

Butterscoth rolls:

20 frozen dough buns

1/2 pkg. butterscotch pudding powder - not instant - (6 serving size) about 7 1/2 tbsp.

3/4 c brown sugar, packed

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c melted butter or margarine

Arrange rolls in greased bundt pan.

Mix pudding powder, brown sugar, cinnamon. Sprinkle over buns.

Drizzle melted butter over buns. Cover and let sit on counter overnight (8 hours). Bake at 350 for 25-30 min. Let stand for 5 min. before turning out onto a plate.

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By becca on Sat, 12-10-05, 03:11

I cannot believe I waited this long to read this. My kids/family will love it! And so easy! Cool. Becca

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By melissa on Wed, 12-28-05, 00:34

Thanks so much for this recipe! We had it Christmas morning and it is delicious, and so easy! Even my father in law, who never complements anything, said it was the best thing he'd ever eaten!

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By mharasym on Wed, 12-28-05, 03:20

Melissa, so glad you and your family enjoyed it! It's always a hit and super easy!

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By Jimmy's mom on Wed, 12-28-05, 13:02

We always have family come for New Year's Eve ans spend the night. I plan to make this for New Year's breakfast.

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By momma2boys on Thu, 12-29-05, 00:51

We have company coming for dinner tomorrow and I want to make these for dessert. So I can't let them rise overnight. How many hours do they usually take to rise?

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By mharasym on Thu, 12-29-05, 02:27

I would say a minimum of 8 hours - probably closer to 10. It also depends on how warm your house is.


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By momma2boys on Thu, 12-29-05, 03:45

Margaret, thanks for the quick answer. I can't wait to try them!

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By momma2boys on Fri, 12-30-05, 01:14

Margaret, they were awesome! Everyone loved them! They all went from 'too full to eat another bite' to scarfing cinnamon buns! Thanks for sharing!

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By MommaBear on Sun, 01-01-06, 17:22

snarf, snork, [i]gorge[/i], oink oink oink.......

Now, if only I could unhinge my jaw, I might *possibly* enjoy these even more.

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By Jimmy's mom on Sun, 01-01-06, 23:58

I made them this morning. Everyone loved them, except my very picky nephew who didn't taste them--just didn't like how they looked. They were delicious and DD is asking me to make them again.

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By momma2boys on Mon, 01-02-06, 03:14

We're having company for breakfast tomorrow and guess what we're having!!

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By mharasym on Mon, 01-02-06, 23:49

Jimmy's Mom - Your poor nephew! I can see how a warm ooey gooey glistening crown of sweet buttery caramel coated fluffy buns would be a turn-off! Yeah, right! Im watching the carbs these days and just writing that I think I exceeded my limit for the day!

Momma2boys - Glad to hear they're being enjoyed by your family. Company for breakfast - you MUST be a morning person!

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By gvmom on Wed, 01-04-06, 00:01

Another convert here!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Great recipe, easy, yummy, definitely one to do over and over again!

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By p-nots on Wed, 01-04-06, 02:39

Since I read your recipe here, I have made these rolls three times! Yum, thank you, my family and I LOVE them. I have made them every time we have had guests and I will continue to make them!!

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By MommaBear on Tue, 03-21-06, 22:30


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By becca on Mon, 07-10-06, 02:59

raising, as I have just found the dough balls in a grocery dtore for the first time! If only I have instant pudding in the house, I could do it right now before bed. But, might have to wait. But I did find the recipe by doing a search for "dough balls", LOL! becca

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By becca on Wed, 07-19-06, 00:58

So, I made these. How easy can something so sinful get???

I might try halfing the butter and sugar, because I think it would still be a nice bread, but they are ooey, gooey good! Thanks for sharing this. becca

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By mharasym on Wed, 07-19-06, 01:25

Crazy eh?! That easy, That good! Glad you enjoyed. You certainly can cut down a bit on the butter & sugar. The original recipie called for 1/4 to 1/2 butter, but since I use par to of the 1/2 to butter the pan I use it all. You can also add dried cranberries, or raisins if you like for a different twist.

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By becca on Fri, 08-25-06, 16:49

This has become our treat when dh travels. The kids(well, dd especially) and I enjoy then as a feel good treat for a breakfast.

I tried it in a dozen muffin tin. Tewo balls in each tin, mixed the sugar, puding and cinnamon together and sprinkled over each, and drizzled some butter on each. I had sprayed with some Pam as well, as I had not alot of butter.

They looked really pretty, so puffy in the muffin tin, and came out very nicely! Yummy for a chilly, rainy day like we are having. Not so great for my triglycerides, sigh... becca

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By ajas_folks on Tue, 11-28-06, 00:01


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By pjpowell on Wed, 12-20-06, 18:45

Re-raising. Want to make this for Christmas morning! My kids and hubby love it!

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By Jimmy's mom on Thu, 04-05-07, 16:45

Raising--I plan to make these for Easter morning.


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By mharasym on Sat, 03-22-08, 15:21

If you haven't done your Easter shopping yet, there's still time to get what you need for the best cinnamon buns ever!

Raising for Easter.

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By jiayizhen on Wed, 09-29-10, 09:23

Love me,love my dog

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