I was trying to think of something to make for someone I’m really close to that recently lost a loved one. I thought of the homemade cinnamon rolls I made for Christmas, but that was way too time-intensive…and I only had a little while in which to make it. So after trying to think of ways to make it easier, I came up with the perfect solution – puff pastry! Love this stuff!! And as you know, another love of mine is Nutella. Why not combine stuff I love? Results? Fan-freaking-tastic! I think I slightly overbaked them because they had a little crunch…but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! They ALMOST tasted like classic cinnamon rolls…just with a hint of something “extra.” If you’re looking for an easy way to pull off I guess you could call semi-homemade cinnamon rolls, here it is!
Nutella Cinnamon Rolls
1 package puff pastry – thawed (best to leave it in the fridge overnight)
1 cup packed brown sugar (I mixed half light and half dark)
1 tbsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1.5 tbsp butter – melted
1/2 tsp vanilla
flour for rolling out dough
Preheat oven to 375.
In a bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter. Mix well.
Unfold puff pastry dough onto a lightly floured surface. Dust your rolling pin with flour and roll out to your desired thickness, you still want it somewhat thick, but try to get it in a nice even rectangle. Spread a layer of Nutella over this, then sprinkle a generous layer of the sugar filling you made. Gently begin to roll the long side, trying to keep it pretty firm. Once you have a cylinder, gently press to make sure it’s firm. Repeat process with other sheet of dough. Using a sharp knife, cut each roll into 8 pieces. Place in a greased casserole (not too close, allow them room to expand). Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
While that’s baking, make icing! Pour a generous amount of powdered sugar (sorry I didn’t measure this part) into a bowl. Add the vanilla and just a teaspoon of milk at a time. Mix and continue adding milk until it’s a more liquid but not oozing consistency. You’ve had cinnamon rolls before, you know what you’re looking for!
Once they’re out of the oven, drizzle the icing over them and enjoy!