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Caramel Rolls – A Welcome Gift

I am always so impressed with the effort that goes into food gifts this time of year. Ellaborate trays of cookies, breads of all kinds, gingerbread houses… bakers are busy in the kitchen cooking up things to give to others. A gift of homemade goodies, in my opinion, is a true gift of love.

I think I am going to do an assortment of pumpkin bread, cookies and something a bit different this year. My closest friends are going to get a pan of Caramel Rolls. I read about this idea last year, but with using your favorite cinnamon roll recipe. Purchase several alumnimum round cake pans and whip up a few batches of your favorite cinnamon roll dough. Roll and slice the dough and place 6 rolls each in the round cake pans. Tightly cover and freeze. When you are ready to gift your cinnamon rolls, take them out of the freezer, wrap in clear plastic wrap, decorate the packaging as you wish and attach instructions for thawing and baking on a card. Your friends will love the idea of having home baked goodness given to them to bake fresh in their own oven. Imagine how nice it would be to wake up to hot cinnamon rolls on Christmas Day without the effort of actually making them.

What food gifts are you giving your friends and neighbors this year? I would love to hear your ideas!

Mom’s Caramel Rolls (from Sidd on Recipezaar)

First, a couple of notes. These are the best caramel rolls I have ever tried! Buttery and delicious and full of sweet ooey gooey caramel flavor. I halved the recipe since it was just for my family and did all of the work in the bread machine. I took out the dough and then followed the rolling and baking instructions from there. I got 10 large rolls.

2½ hours | 2 hours prep



  1. Mix water and yeast and wait 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour.
  3. Add egg and butter and mix.
  4. Stir in rest of flour by hand, if dough is still sticky add just enough to make it not sticky anymore.
  5. Let raise until dough is double in size.
  6. Sprinkle flour on surface and roll dough out until is approx 18 X 12 inches.
  7. Spread a very thin layer of soft butter on dough and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture on it.
  8. Roll dough from the long side, it should look like a log.
  9. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
  10. Should be 18 pieces.
  11. Place brown sugar and butter into microwave dish and heat until butter is just melted; stir well.
  12. Stir in 3 T water.
  13. Divide mixture into 3 pans (8-inch cake pans).
  14. Place 6 pieces in each pan.
  15. Let raise for about 45 minutes.
  16. Bake for 20 minutes in a 325°F oven.
  17. When you take out of oven, turn each pan of rolls over on a plate, otherwise you will have a hard time getting them out when they cool.
  18. If you can, let them cool slightly and enjoy them when they are still warm.
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  1. Haven’t even started building my list yet so no ideas yet. Food will definitely be involved :)

  2. I just found you through, of all things, an email from Viva. :)When they mentioned you were one of their favs, I was all over that. :)
    Love SWEET ROLLS and finding new recipes. YEA!

    jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlams last blog post..Merry Sitsmas sistas

  3. Seriously! These are so good. I love the recipe… I am so making this sometime…

    anudivyas last blog post..Sweet cinnamon monkey bread – A cinnamon roll wannabe

  4. That is such a great idea!! I was going to go all out, but being 8 months pregnant and going “all out” don’t really go together!!

    Deborahs last blog post..Wonton Wonders

  5. Help? You say in your comments to include directions for thawing and baking – what are the directions for thawing? Just leave them in the fridge until they aren’t frozen or is there a better way? Also, in your comments: “Roll and slice the dough and place 6 rolls each in the round cake pans. Tightly cover and freeze.” So am I freezing them after I have added the topping?

  6. Oh, now those look DELICIOUS!! I will definitely have to try those- thank you for another great recipe!!

    Amys last blog post..Budget-Friendly Gifts for Younger Kids

  7. I just made cinnamon rolls recently, and looking at your caramel rolls, I wish I had gotten here earlier! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Oooh I love the idea of the cinnamon rolls as gifts!

    colleens last blog post..Trimming the Tree Dinner

  9. Dang, can I pretend to be one of your closest friends so I can get some of these? I think it’s a great idea. I wish I had some free time to bake up batches of cookies to give away…I miss doing that.

    Mrs. Ls last blog post..Cruising Through the Holidays

  10. I love how gooey and sticky they look, Kristen. I’m licking my lips right now. ;)

  11. Mmmmm…. those look really good, I don’t know if I would be able to give them away though!

  12. These look soooo scrumptious! They’re definitely getting a spot on my must-bake holiday list. Love your blog, too!

    Stacy J.s last blog post..Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Cookies

  13. These are a great idea! With the cooking directions would you just need to have them thaw them before baking? Thanks!

  14. Loved the photos and your writing style. I should go have lunch you made me hungry :)

    iyads last blog post..What makes a word or a phrase “KEY”?


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