Recipe Review

These Chai Spiced Cinnamon Rolls Are So Easy to Make, They’ll Become Your Favorite Fall Treat

published Sep 20, 2022
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cinnamon rolls sit in a white baking tray half covered in icing with rubber spatula and tin of icing near it
Credit: Photo: Shanika from Orchids + Sweet Tea
Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve been a fan of Jocelyn Delk Adams (aka Grandbaby Cakes) ever since I found out about her last year. I felt as though I aligned with her whimsical excitement for baking and since then, have been inspired by her creativity and innovative spirit. Though I truly feel as if there’s no way to choose a favorite recipe of Jocelyn’s, recently, she took to her Instagram to post about her Lazy Chai Cinnamon Rolls and it just may hold the spot closest to my heart.

Not-so-surprisingly though, the recipe — which Jocelyn claims will come together “in a breeze” with the use of puff pastry because “ain’t nobody got time for yeast to dough” — was actually inspired by another amazing cook: the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten.

“She is my absolute favorite television chef,” Jocelyn wrote on her blog. “I recently watched an episode (for the 15th time I think) during my weekly Food Network DVR marathon where she used puff pastry to create sticky buns.  I thought it was such a genius idea. Cutting down on the cumbersome yeast dough step sounded so promising considering how busy I am.”

Start off by preheating the oven to 400°F. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4-inch thick. Brush with melted butter, and leave about 1 inch of space dry around the borders. Next, sprinkle the buttered area with brown sugar, chai spice mix, and cinnamon. Gently roll the dough up and seal the seam using melted butter on the open edge of the roll. Slice the roll into six pieces and place each roll on a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden, but be sure to watch closely.

For the icing, beat the butter until it’s fluffy, then gradually add powdered sugar. Add milk or tea flavorings, and increase the amount of spice or sugar until you are in love with the flavor. Place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 10-20 seconds, until melted down and pourable. Finally, drizzle the warm icing over your fresh baked cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

You can find the full recipe here, but while we are on the topic, why not some other Grandbaby Cake originals to really set off the week? Her Glazed Meyer Lemon Cake recipe may be a bit tedious in the zesting department, but it yields incredible results in the tasty department. And I wouldn’t be doing Jocelyn justice if I didn’t recommend her Red Velvet Marble Cake with a cream cheese glaze. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.