Homemade Quick Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Maple Glaze

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Maple Glaze

by Holly on November 20, 2011

I have been spending a lot of my *me time* hanging out on Pinterest (me and thousands of others). It is a great distraction tool for me when I’m sitting in the waiting rooms at the kids doctor appointments and helps keep me a bit calmer than I would be if I just sit there and focus on what is happening. It’s not even that all the doctor appointments are so terribly dramatic, it’s more that there are just so many of them, for various reasons, for each kid… and they never seem to end.

Anyway, it’s no wonder that I spend a lot of my time pinning food. (And an inordinate amount of craft projects too for that matter that I want to do!) I recently saw a pin that suggested using store bough refrigerator cinnamon rolls and baking them in the waffle iron.

While I thought the idea was brilliant, I wasn’t really interested in committing a portion of my grocery budget into buying something that I could very quickly and pretty easily make at home from ingredients I always have on hand. I knew they would taste a whole lot better, and barely take a few minutes more than popping open a can. That’s just me though. If you want to just pop open a can of rolls, who am I to tell you not to?

However, if you are like me, have the ingredients and an extra 10 minutes or so, then this is the way to go. The time it takes is barely a blip since your waffle iron will have to heat up anyway and I have to tell you that the taste is far superior to anything you can buy premade. The kids, hubs and I all went nuts over these and I’ve actually made them twice in the past 12 hours now. I originally made them last night as our movie night treat, but my iPhone pictures really didn’t do them justice so I went ahead and made a sweet breakfast treat this morning. They were just as wonderful and easy the second time.

The brown sugar filling (I used a very dark brown sugar from Wholesome Sweeteners that I love) oozes just slightly and caramelizes to create slightly crusty crunchy spots on the rolls – probably my favorite part. These may have just about ruined me for regular waffles or cinnamon rolls. The dough itself bakes up to be tender, fluffy and amazing. I snacked on the waffles with nothing else on them at all (they don’t need it!) but if you want to top them off with a little maple glaze (or just use vanilla) then you’ll be even more of a hero.

You could easily customize these rolls too and fill them with any number of other options like apple butter, nuts, Nutella perhaps? (That’s my next version for sure!) Whatever you do, just be prepared to watch them disappear as quickly as you can pull them off the iron.

As for the quickness of the recipe, without distractions (last night) these only took me about 20 minutes to make and start eating. This morning, while dealing with kids, bottles, diaper changes, distractions and stops and starts for various reasons, we were still eating in about 35 minutes. Not too shabby in my book!


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