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Cinnamon Pizza Buns

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I still vividly remember going to the mall as a kid and being seduced by the incredible smell of hot cinnamon buns coming out of the ovens at Cinnabon. I was totally the child who opted for a big, fat, gooey cinnamon roll over anything else in the food court. Even now when I pass a Cinnabon, I always pause to inhale the spicy wafts of warm cinnamon bread being drowned in creamy icing.

Homemade cinnamon buns, while an enticing thought, are also a ton of work. Although I've tried my hand at them several times, some things are just worth buying as a special treat when you're out and about. Plus, the last thing I need is to have a batch of homemade Cinnabon-style buns testing my willpower every time I walk in the kitchen.

This is my slightly healthier version of a cinnamon bun which uses pizza dough for the bread and whipped cream cheese, honey and a mix of chopped dried fruit for the filling.

For a weekend brunch or special breakfast these are a mouthwatering treat that don't require a trip to the mall!

Cinnamon Pizza Buns  (10 Rolls)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 20 mins,
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I still vividly remember going to the mall as a kid and being seduced by the incredible smell of hot cinnamon buns coming out of the ovens at Cinnabon. I was totally the child who opted for a big, fat, gooey cinnamon roll over anything else in the food...

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces white or whole wheat pizza dough or 1/2 recipe whole wee-eat pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups chopped dried fruit (i use raisins, cherries, cranberries and apricots)
  • chopped nuts (optional)

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. 2. Roll out pizza dough into a 10 x 20-inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. 3. In a bowl mix the cream cheese, honey and cinnamon.
  4. 4. Spread cream cheese mixture in an even layer across surface of dough.
  5. 5. Sprinkle with dried fruit (and nuts, if desired).
  6. 6. Beginning at the 20-inch side roll up into a cylinder and then cut into 2-inch thick discs (rolls).
  7. 7. Place rolls in greased muffins cups or on a greased baking sheet and pat down slightly.
  8. 8. Bake for 20 minutes, allow to cool slightly and serve.
Cinnamon Pizza Buns

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  2. Kim newcomb

    November 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    anything chocolate for christmas

  3. Heather

    May 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Should I bake these and then freeze them? Or just freeze the dough then thaw completely before baking?

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  5. thefrancofly.wordpress.com

    April 27, 2012 at 5:18 am

    A few weeks ago, I had leftover Weelicious pizza dough and I made cinnamon rolls. But I didn’t have any butter on hand so I made a sweet filling with cinnamon, brown sugar, and olive oil. The final product was a touch healthier and tad more nuanced. My French husband had never had cinnamon rolls before & was quite taken. Anyway, have you used much olive oil for baking?

  6. Jo Copner

    April 26, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Thanks Catherine for getting back to me, I hope I will be able to purchase your book in UK?

  7. Jo Copner

    April 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Catherine,

    another great receipe from you, can you help I am such a fan of yours you make food that is healthy & delicious in no time! But looking at this receipe as with cookie pizza you need whipped cream cheese, we can’t get that in UK we can get ‘normal’ Philly cheese thou.

    Thank you,

    Jo

    • catherine

      April 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Let the normal cream cheese come to room temperature then whip with an electric mixer! (Or by hand if you’re more awesome than me) :)

  8. Kirsten D

    April 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

    do you think they would freeze well? either before or after baking

  9. marla

    April 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Now this is a much better and healthier way to enjoy cinnamon buns. I am the same – I used to indulge (way back) in those Cinnabon roles. No more though, but I do however take that BIG inhale!! Funny huh!

  10. Lynn

    April 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    These look easy to make. I am making these for my husband who is recovering from surgery. What a nice treat it will be.

    • catherine

      April 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I hope he feels better!!

  11. Lj

    April 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Yum! Making these!

  12. Sherry W

    April 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Ooo…they look delicious and I can feel better about eating more than one with this recipe, hahaha!

  13. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    April 23, 2012 at 7:45 am

    These look fabulous and easy!