35 Creative Cinnamon Rolls

35 Creative Cinnamon Rolls Roundup

With the two major brunch holidays just around the corner, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of delicious menu options & you just can’t have a good brunch without warm, delicious cinnamon rolls. So we went searching & found 35 of the most creative cinnamon rolls out there! From cookies to potatoes and everything in between, these definitely aren’t your ‘from a tube’ breakfast treat!

 

35 Creative Cinnamon Rolls



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Thin Mint Protein Shake

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

 I know, I’ve been a little MIA lately.  I spent a good portion of February with a cold/flu, which is the third time since October I’ve had the same junk.  And as I spent my days sucking on throat drops, downing hot tea, and generally feeling miserable, I came to a conclusion: I need to spend a bit more time taking care of me.  Between work, Doodle’s karate schedule, the blog, and trying to fit in all of the other stuff I have to do (i.e.: laundry, groceries, trying to tame the havoc left behind by a 6-year old boy, sleeping on occasion), there wasn’t much time left over for me.  And like most women, I tend to put my own needs at the bottom of the list.

And then I realized – I can’t take care of anyone else if I’m not taking care of myself first.

I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I decided one of the things I need to do for me is to make some changes to my eating habits – not an easy prospect when you’re a food blogger.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to totally change the focus of my blog, but I am going to share some of my “healthier” recipes with you here and there – if only so that I’m not tempted to eat so many cakes and brownies during photo shoots. ;-)

And because I am a long-time Weight Watchers participant, I’m going to do my best to calculate points to go along with some of the recipes I share.

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

I always, always, always eat breakfast (typically oatmeal), but it doesn’t always ever keep me full all morning.  As a result, I end up snacking on other stuff (junk) until lunchtime – and when you work a sedentary job, that’s not a good combination.  Lately, I’ve been mixing up protein shakes in the morning.  I used to think protein powder was primarily for weightlifters, but I’ve found a scoop in my morning smoothies really does helps keep me full.  I’ve been trying some various flavor combinations, and right now, this Thin Mint version is at the top of my list.

Thin Mint Protein Shake

Thin Mint Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice cubes - I like my shakes thick, so I use 10-12; adjust to your preference

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until desired consistency is reached.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/thin-mint-protein-shake/

Note: calorie count and points plus values do not include whipped cream or cookies.

NutritionLabel

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist; these nutrition facts are based on my best estimates based on the products I used in creating this recipe. Since I’m currently counting points on Weight Watchers, I’m calculating this information for my personal use. Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients, etc.  This site is not a substitute for the services of a trained health professional.  The nutritional information above is for informational purposes only. 

XO, Ashley

 

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Bakery-Style Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Don’t hit the bakery when you can make your own muffins just as easily!  These Bakery-Style Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have a crisp crust, with the inside perfectly tender and soft.   To get a big, rounded top, make sure you fill your tins all the way to the top, and use the baking tips outlined below.

Don't hit the bakery when you can make your own muffins just as easily!  These Bakery-Style Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have a crisp crust, with the inside perfectly tender and soft.

According to the National Weather Service, it’s been the 9th coldest start to February in Wichita history.  I’ve been wearing long underwear under my jeans on a daily basis – even while at home.  I’m so over winter by now, I can’t even tell you.

So when the temperatures warmed up to the 50′s over the weekend, I couldn’t stop myself from breaking out the lemons.

After weeks of sub-zero windchills, temperatures in the 50′s seem like a heat wave – almost like spring!

Don't hit the bakery when you can make your own muffins just as easily!  These Bakery-Style Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have a crisp crust, with the inside perfectly tender and soft.

And spring screams lemon to me. ;-)

I’m also a sucker for breakfast muffins on the weekend, so the result here was obvious: my favorite bakery-style lemon poppyseed muffins.  These also happen to be the Tall Boy’s favorite muffin, so it was a win-win around here for breakfast.

Don't hit the bakery when you can make your own muffins just as easily!  These Bakery-Style Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have a crisp crust, with the inside perfectly tender and soft.

Make sure to read the recipe instructions all the way through before beginning these muffins. Sally’s best-ever muffin tip directs you to begin baking your muffins at 425 degrees – baking for just 5 minutes. Then, lower your oven temperature to 375 degrees for the remainder of your baking time.

It’s like muffin magic!

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • For the drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 425. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with cupcakes liners and set aside. Mix flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar, butter, and lemon zest on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients in two installments, alternating with 3 additions of yogurt. DO NOT OVER MIX, or your muffins will turn out hard and tough.
  3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Don't be afraid to fill them all the way to the top!
  4. Bake for 5 minutes at 425, and then lower oven temperature to 375. Bake another 15 to 18 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove muffins from tin to wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over cooled muffins.

recipe from Cook's Illustrated, baking tips from Sally's Baking Addiction

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XO, Ashley

 

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Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is the perfect brunch dessert – and it’s a cinch to make with baking mix and canned cherry pie filling!

This Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is the perfect brunch dessert - and it's a cinch to make with baking mix and canned cherry pie filling!

If we’re being honest, the Tall Boy typically makes breakfast on the weekends.  And I hate to complain, because anytime someone else cooks for me is pretty much a win in my book.  But unless we’re talking blueberry muffins or lemon poppyseed muffins, the Tall Boy’s idea of breakfast is eggs, sausage and potatoes.  

While I do require a healthy protein intake in the mornings, there’s really nothing I like better on the weekends than indulging a bit with a cup of strong coffee and a hunk of sweet, calorie-laden coffee cake.

Covered in frosting.  ‘Cause…why not?

This Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is the perfect brunch dessert - and it's a cinch to make with baking mix and canned cherry pie filling!

You could make this recipe super-simple and use box baking mix (like Bisquick)…or you could whip up a batch of this homemade baking mix and go that route.  Since I had some on hand, that’s what I did.

Any flavor of pie filling would work just fine here, but since it’s Valentine’s Day, the cherry filling seemed appropriate to me.  And paired with some almond flavoring and sliced almonds, I thought it was just about perfect.

This Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is the perfect brunch dessert - and it's a cinch to make with baking mix and canned cherry pie filling!

In my opinion, “coffee cake” is pretty much the most awesome thing ever, because it gives me an excuse to eat/drink two of my favorite things:  coffee + cake.

And by adding cherries and cream cheese, my morning was pretty much complete. ;-)

This Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is the perfect brunch dessert - and it's a cinch to make with baking mix and canned cherry pie filling!

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 2 cups homemade baking mix or Bisquick
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • For the cream cheese layer:
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • sliced almonds, for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch square pan with baking spray. In large bowl, stir all coffee cake ingredients together except for the pie filling until well combined. Spread about two-thirds of the cake batter into the bottom of the square pan. Reserve remaining batter.
  2. Next, make your cream cheese layer. Combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg until smooth, and pour into batter-lined pan. Carefully spoon pie filling evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  3. Drop remaining batter by tablespoonfuls onto pie filling, and bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes, or until light brown.
  4. Make your glaze while the cake is baking. Stir together glaze ingredients until it is smooth and drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm cake and sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/cherry-cream-cheese-coffee-cake/

XO, Ashley

 

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Homemade Baking Mix

Skip the box mixes and keep this Homemade Baking Mix on hand instead.  With this basic baking mix you can make quick, tasty homemade biscuits in minutes—or use it in any recipe that calls for biscuit mix.

Skip the box mixes and keep this Homemade Baking Mix on hand instead.  With this basic baking mix you can make quick, tasty homemade biscuits in minutes—or use it in any recipe that calls for biscuit mix.

So, last weekend I wanted to make a coffee cake…more specifically, this coffee cake:

{recipe coming soon!}

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…but I didn’t have any Bisquick or boxed baking mix on hand.  Since it’s not something I use often, and because it takes up valuable space in my small pantry, I usually avoid recipes that require it.  But making your own mix is just about as easy as scooping out of a store-bought box, and you know exactly what that ingredient list contains!

Most likely, you already have all of these ingredients at home.  The great thing is that you may use this mix to make biscuits, pancakes, or any recipe that calls for baking mix.  And now the Tall Boy is thrilled I’m keeping this on hand, so he can have biscuits and gravy a little more often!

Skip the box mixes and keep this Homemade Baking Mix on hand instead.  With this basic baking mix you can make quick, tasty homemade biscuits in minutes—or use it in any recipe that calls for biscuit mix.

Homemade Baking Mix

makes 6 cups

Homemade Baking Mix

Ingredients

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) butter or margarine

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  2. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks. You may freeze it for longer storage.
  3. To make Biscuits:
  4. Mix together 1/3 cup of milk for every 1 cup of mix. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 min.
  5. 1 cup of mix will yield about 6 biscuits.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/homemade-baking-mix/

XO, Ashley

 

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30-Minute Dinner Rolls

Did you know you can make dinner rolls – yeast ones, at that – in just 30 minutes?  It’s true!  These 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are so easy to make you’ll never go store-bought again.

Did you know you can make dinner rolls - yeast ones, at that - in just 30 minutes?  It's true!  These 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are so easy to make you'll never go store-bought again.

The truth is, I’m a bread-a-holic.  There’s not much else in life I love more than the smell of fresh baked bread.  And with these 30-Minute Dinner Rolls, now I can have it every day if I want to.

Actually, I’m not sure that’s a good thing, considering I could eat the entire dozen all on my own.

Fortunately, Doodle and the Tall Boy loved these as much as I did, so it was more like a fight to the finish.

Did you know you can make dinner rolls - yeast ones, at that - in just 30 minutes?  It's true!  These 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are so easy to make you'll never go store-bought again.

I found this recipe over at Real Mom Kitchen, and I knew I had to give it a try.  Fresh baked dinner rolls in just 30 minutes, start to finish?  Sign me up!

I was a little hesitant before baking these – 2 tablespoons of yeast seemed like a lot – but the finished rolls did not taste overly yeasty.  They were light and fluffy and perfect.

Did you know you can make dinner rolls - yeast ones, at that - in just 30 minutes?  It's true!  These 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are so easy to make you'll never go store-bought again.

Technically, I suppose these rolls take a little longer than 30 minutes start to finish, but not by much.  And any homemade yeast bread that requires little effort on my part is a winner in my book.

Did you know you can make dinner rolls - yeast ones, at that - in just 30 minutes?  It's true!  These 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are so easy to make you'll never go store-bought again.

Quick, easy, and delicious!  My guys have already requested that I make these again {and again}.

So skip the bagged rolls at your grocer and make these instead.  You can have fresh baked bread in the time that it takes you to prepare the rest of your meal!

Did you know you can make dinner rolls - yeast ones, at that - in just 30 minutes?  It's true!  These 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are so easy to make you'll never go store-bought again.

30-Minute Dinner Rolls

makes 12 rolls

30-Minute Dinner Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour (either bread flour or all-purpose will work)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix 2 cups of the flour, the salt, and the egg into the yeast mixture using a dough hook. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup at a time.
  4. Shape dough into 12 balls and place in a 9x13 pan. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until tops are just golden brown.

recipe from Real Mom Kitchen

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/30-minute-dinner-rolls/

XO, Ashley

 

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Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins

These Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins are chock full of flavor, but with a few easy substitutes, you don’t have to feel guilty eating them!

These Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins are chock full of flavor, but with a few easy substitutes, you don't have to feel guilty eating them!

Thanks to Dorothy at Crazy for Crust, I’m getting together with some of my best blogger friends today to host an online baby shower for our good friend Stephanie. Stephanie blogs over at Back for Seconds, and aside from being a fabulous cook, she’s simply one of the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet {both inside and outside}.

If you don’t know Stephanie, you need to hop on over to her internet space and check it out for an hour or three.  And make sure to look at her recipe for 2-Ingredient Kit Kat Bars, because that’s just way cool {and dangerous, especially if you have a sweet tooth like I do}.

Anywhoo, Stephanie just had the cutest new little baby boy {with three kiddos already at home}, so we thought it would be mega awesome to hire her a personal chef and housekeeper for the next month.  And then we calculated the cost and decided to just do this instead. ;-)

These Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins are chock full of flavor, but with a few easy substitutes, you don't have to feel guilty eating them!

As a busy mom myself, I know how hard it is to get a semi-healthy breakfast in the mornings {or ever??}, and I also know that sometimes all you want is to stuff your face with chocolate.  So I’ve got both covered with these Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins.

These Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins are chock full of flavor, but with a few easy substitutes, you don't have to feel guilty eating them!

Skinny is probably a misnomer here, but I’m of the mindset that making some modifications for healthier baking and not overindulging on a regular basis means that I can eat one of these muffins without feeling super guilty about it.  Made with part whole-wheat flour, bananas, applesauce, and egg whites, these are a breakfast muffin I can get behind.  Pair one {or two} with some fresh fruit, and you have an easy on-the-go breakfast.

Congratulations on your new sweet little miracle, Stephanie.  Give him snuggles from me!

Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins

Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 to 1 cup chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a muffin tin with 12 liners or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir to combine with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg whites, bananas, applesauce and vanilla and beat at medium speed until thick.
  4. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix your batter or your muffins will come out tough. Fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into muffin tins. If desired, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on the tops. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 375.
  6. Keep refrigerated. May be frozen for up to 1 month.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/skinny-double-chocolate-muffins-2/

Also, make sure to check out all of the other baby shower treats!

Pimiento Cheese Spread by Laura’s Baking Talent
Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken by Kathy’s Kitchen Table
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cannoli Dip by Frugal Foodie Mama
Funfetti Pudding Cookies by Crazy for Crust
Blueberry Boy Bait by Pint Sized Baker
Strawberry Butter Streusel Muffins by Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
White Chocolate Reese’s Brownies by Inside BruCrew Life
Blueberry Coffee Cake by Heather’s French Press
Skinny Banana Nutella Dip with Star Pie Crust Dippers by Wine & Glue
Celebrating with Star Cookies by Created by Diane
Lemon Meringue Cookie Cups by Mom on Timeout
Skinny Blueberry Cheesecake Bites by Yummy Healthy Easy
Skinny Chocolate Muffins by Kitchen Meets Girl
Flourless Chocolate Cake by Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

XO, Ashley

 

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My Top 12 Recipes of 2013

I did a lot of cooking and baking in 2013, and now that the year is over, I thought I’d show you what my favorites were.

My Top 12 2013

A few days ago, I showed you my reader’s favorites from 2013, but I wanted to choose a few of my own.  And then I realized that choosing was really, really hard!  I did it, though. ;-)

1. These Quick Cinnamon Buns are one of the Tall Boy’s most requested breakfast items.  They really are so quick and easy!

These quick cinnamon rolls go from kitchen to table in 45 minutes--no yeast required! Don't wait for a special occasion--dripping with a lovely buttermilk icing and filled with layer upon layer of cinnamon and cloves, this roll is a sweet treat you'll definitely want on your weekend rotation! #recipe #breakfast from @KitchenMeetsGir www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

2. I’m a sucker for breakfast breads, but I’m not a fan of eating high calorie foods in the mornings.  With these Guilt-Free Blueberry Muffins, I can have my muffin, and eat it, too. ;-)

Guilt Free Blueberry Muffin from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - bursting with blueberries and a cinnamon struesel topping, these muffins are just 6 WW points+ each!

3. This Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake is definitely a breakfast made for a special occasion!  Bonus?  It’s super easy!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake at kitchenmeetsgirl.com - made with Pillsbury Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, this special breakfast dish comes together in a flash!  #recipes #breakfast

4.  With a 6-year old, we eat a lot of sloppy joes.  This Tex-Mex version is adult approved!

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - if you like bacon, jalapenos, and the smoky flavors of chili powder, cumin and coriander, this version is for you!  #recipes #dinner

5.  And who wouldn’t go for lasagna in just 30-minutes?  The Tall Boy flipped over this dinner!

You don't have to spend hours making lasagna anymore with this 30-Minute Stovetop version! Get the recipe at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipes #lasagna
6.  This Firecracker Chicken is my favorite dinner, ever.  Period.

This Firecracker Chicken is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet and beats take-out hands down! #recipe #chicken #rice
7. You know I love my Mexican food.  This Easy as Tamale Pie was a fun twist.

Put your leftover shredded pork or chicken to good use by making this Easy as Tamale Pie from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipe #casserole
8.  This easy, flavorful Southwest Chicken Chili uses only a handful of ingredients and comes together in about 15 minutes – making it the perfect weeknight dinner!

This easy, flavorful Southwest Chicken Chili uses only a handful of ingredients and comes together in about 15 minutes - making it the perfect weeknight dinner! #recipe #soup

9. Strawberries and Cream Dessert Pizza combines all of my favorites in one decadent treat!

This strawberries and cream dessert pizza comes together in a flash and is a perfect summer treat! #recipe #strawberries #pizza
10.  This Black Cherry Fudge Ripple Ice Cream doesn’t require an ice cream maker.  Score.

Black Cherry Fudge Ripple Ice Cream - no ice cream maker needed! www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipe #ice cream
11. White chocolate, cream cheese, and pie filling are the perfect combination in these easy to make Apple Cranberry Cheesecake Bars.

White chocolate, cream cheese, and pie filling are the perfect combination in these easy to make Apple Cranberry Cheesecake Bars.
12. Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake – you’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe! (Pssst…it’s cottage cheese).

Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake - you'll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe!  #recipe #dessert #cheesecake

Thanks for reading, everyone, and have a wonderful New Year!

XO, Ashley

 

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New York Style Crumb Cake

This New York Style Crumb Cake is tender, fluffy and buttery, and topped with a thick, spiced crumb topping and a vanilla latte glaze.

This New York Style Crumb Cake is tender, fluffy and buttery, and topped with a thick, spiced crumb topping and a vanilla latte glaze. #GMIcedLatte

Eating cake for breakfast is one of my favorite things to do, ever.

Crumb cake is breakfast food, right?  And well, if you drizzle a vanilla latte glaze over the top, I think that definitely pushes it into the breakfast food category, don’t you?

I’ve been a coffee drinker since my early years in college, with late nights in graduate school warranting more pots of coffee than I can count.  And now?  Working full time, running Doodle here and there, and still trying to fit in blogging time?  Well, let’s just say I need my morning coffee – and sometimes an evening coffee, too. ;-)

That’s why I was excited to discover Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Roast Iced Latte.  You can find it in your refrigerator case in two flavors: Vanilla and Mocha.  All you have to do is shake the bottle and pour it over ice.

This New York Style Crumb Cake is tender, fluffy and buttery, and topped with a thick, spiced crumb topping and a vanilla latte glaze. #GMIcedLatte

 Of course, I love coffee so much that I thought this would be the perfect topping for – you guessed it: a coffee cake!  I simply mixed a few tablespoons of the vanilla flavor with a cup of powdered sugar to make a quick glaze.

This New York Style Crumb Cake is tender, fluffy and buttery, and topped with a thick, spiced crumb topping and a vanilla latte glaze. #GMIcedLatte

This cake is hands-down, the best coffee cake I’ve ever eaten.  If you think of coffee cake as a dry and tough cake, you need to try this recipe – it will totally change your mind.  And if you don’t like it – well, just send it my way.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Using cake flour in place of all-purpose flour made it extra light and fluffy – do not try to substitute cake flour in this recipe.  Doing so will make your cake dry and tough, and who wants that?

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you may either combine 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to make 1/2 cup, OR you may substitute an equal amount of plain low-fat yogurt.

Take care not to press your crumb topping into your cake batter – you don’t want those chunks sinking down into your cake.  They’re the best part! ;-)

New York Style Crumb Cake

New York Style Crumb Cake

Ingredients

    For the crumb topping:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour
  • For the cake:
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces, softened
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons Green Mountain Vanilla Iced Latte

Instructions

  1. Place the oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8x8 pan with baking spray and then line with parchment paper, allowing a few inches of excess to hang over the edges of the dish.
  2. For the topping:
  3. Whisk both sugars, cinnamon, salt and butter in a medium bowl. Add flour and stir until the mixture resembles a thick dough. Allow to cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  4. For the cake:
  5. Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer on low speed. With the mixer running, add in butter pieces one at a time. Beat until mixture resembles moist crumbs and no butter pieces remain. Add the egg and egg yolk, vanilla and buttermilk. Beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Break apart crumb mixture and spread it evenly over the batter, starting at the edges and working in towards the center. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then remove cake from pan.
  7. For the glaze:
  8. While the cake is cooling, whisk together powdered sugar and the Green Mountain Vanilla Iced Latte. If the glaze is too thick, add in more liquid until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over cooled cake.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/new-york-style-crumb-cake/

 

Serve this cake with a cup of Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Roast Iced Latte.  Click here for a $1.00 off coupon.

XO, Ashley

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Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread

This Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread with a Kahlúa-caramelized glaze is sure to be a hit during your holiday festivities.  Bonus?  It’s super simple!

This Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread with a Kahlúa-caramelized glaze is sure to be a hit during your holiday festivities.  Bonus?  It's super simple! #KahluaSpirit #PinItToWinIt

I know many people serve monkey bread for breakfast, but I like it just as well for dessert.  Maybe for both breakfast and dessert?  Let’s be honest: I don’t discriminate when it comes to sweets! ;-)

And when it comes to wintertime sweets, I love to curl up with the flavors of cinnamon and molasses – two of the primary ingredients in this easy monkey bread.  Sure, you can make your own dough, but I’m often looking for instant gratification when it comes to sweets, and this breakfast (dessert?) can be in your mouth in less than 30 minutes.

I used 2 rolls of Grands biscuits for the bread, and I rolled the pieces in a combination of cinnamon and dark brown sugar.  I loved using dark brown sugar here because it gave the bread a deeper flavor than light brown sugar – but feel free to substitute if you don’t have dark brown sugar on hand.

The glaze?  Super easy and made in the microwave in just one minute–with more brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses, and one ingredient that pushed this decadent treat right over the edge: Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice.

Yum.

This Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread with a Kahlúa-caramelized glaze is sure to be a hit during your holiday festivities.  Bonus?  It's super simple! #KahluaSpirit #PinItToWinIt

Quite frankly, coffee is a requirement for me at breakfast – and also oftentimes alongside my desserts, especially on a cold winter night.  So yeah, try pairing this Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice coffee alongside the monkey bread.

Believe me, wintertime treats have never tasted better.

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Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread

Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 rolls Grand Biscuits
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick or 8 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease the inside of a 10-cup Bundt pan.
  2. Place 1 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Open biscuits and cut each one into four pieces. Drop a few biscuit pieces at a time into the mixture of cinnamon/sugar and shake bag to coat. Place biscuit pieces into bundt pan and repeat, until all pieces are coated.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and Kahlúa. Microwave on high for 1 minute, or until butter is melted. Stir to combine, then pour over the dough in the bundt pan.
  4. Bake at 400 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until dough turns golden brown and springs back lightly when you press on it with your finger. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto a serving plate.
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Cinnamon-Spiced Coffee

Cinnamon-Spiced Coffee

Ingredients

    For the Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • For the coffee:
  • 1 part Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice
  • 1 part cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1 part cream/milk/half-and-half
  • 1 cup of your favorite coffee

Instructions

  1. To a cup of your favorite coffee, add 1 part Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice, 1 part cinnamon simple syrup, and 1 part cream/milk/half-and-half (I used about a tablespoon or so of each, but adjust to your own tastes).
  2. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired:
  3. To make the cinnamon simple syrup:
  4. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and a cinnamon stick over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Allow syrup to cook over medium-high heat until syrup reduces by half, or about 10 minutes. Store covered in refrigerator for up to one week.
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XO, Ashley

 

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