Fresh, warm cinnamon rolls are a special breakfast for the holidays (or any day), but who wants to wake up at 5 am to start the process of making them from scratch? Instead of reaching for canned rolls, try this technique from King Arthur Flour: parbake and freeze cinnamon rolls, then fully bake them just before serving. You'll have hot, homemade cinnamon rolls on the table in just 20 minutes.This method has you prepare the rolls and bake them just until they set, then freeze them in the pan. When you're ready to bake them, the rolls are thawed overnight in the refrigerator and popped in the oven for about 15 minutes, until they are golden-brown and crusty. The only other work you need to do in the morning is whip up a quick glaze or icing to spread over the warm rolls after baking. And beyond the classic cinnamon roll, you can also try this method with other breakfast roll recipes, like those linked to below.
The rolls can be parbaked and frozen up to four weeks before you plan on eating them, so you could even make some now for a special start to your New Year's morning.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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