Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nutella Filled Cinnamon Rolls

Did you know that Nutella has it's own day?!  Sure does - and it's today!  If you're a Nutella lover, check out the World Nutella Day website, which has a tonne of great links and mega Nutella recipes.
I actually made these rolls before I even knew a World Nutella Day existed!  I was thinking how cute and delicious they would be for Valentine's day, or over the weekend that follows, when you have time to get your bake on!

I use my favourite biscuity/roll recipe for the dough, which requires no rising or kneading of any sort, making them fast and easy to throw together.  In keeping (slightly) with a traditional cinnamon roll, they still have the cinnamon spice, and the sweet delicious goo of the caramelized brown sugar.  Top that with a cream cheese frosing, and you have a uber-sweet treat to share with your lovelies!
Nutella Filled Cinnamon Rolls
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk  (I used 2% and added lemon for homemade buttermilk)
1/4-1/2 cup Nutella (soften in microwave if necessary, for easier spreading)
7 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Grease a 9-inch(ish) casserole dish, and set aside. 
Blend together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add to the flour mixture the butter, and mix until crumbly.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, then mix into the dry ingredients.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to form a 9-inch rectangle. 
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar with the cinnamon. Carefully spread the Nutella over the rolled-out dough leaving a border around the edges.  Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon mixture over the top.
Roll up the dough, jelly roll-style, and cut crosswise into about 9 slices; place the slices cut side down in the prepared baking pan, and bake until golden, 35 to 40 minutes. 

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 package of cream cheese, softened
1/4cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 cups icing sugar
Using a stand up or hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
Add in the vanilla and nutmeg and continue to mix.  On low speed, slowly add in icing sugar a cup at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.  Drizzle or schmear your cooled cinnamon rolls in this frosting, and clear your schedule for some cardio later in the day!

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