Quest for the Best Cinnamon Rolls (my kind of photography challenge)

Whatever circles you’re in, I bet you see all kinds of new year resolutions, or new year challenges that people are taking on. In photographers circles 365 Projects or 52 Projects are very popular. It means that some people are challenging themselves to take ONE PICTURE A DAY for a year (365 Project), or ONE PICTURE A WEEK for a year (52 Project). I’ve done it, and since the year started I’ve thought about doing some of those projects again. However, I’m not good at following things (rules) other people set as goals. For example, many of the challenges out there have weekly or daily “themes” that you should follow. Like for example My_365 account on Instagram. Every week they release a list of themes for each day for the upcoming week. While it’s good for some people who might struggle with creativity and with coming up with the ideas of what to shoot for 365 days straight, this isn’t really working for me.

So, when I saw this post about cinnamon rolls on Kids Activities Blog, I immediately knew this is my kind of challenge, and I want to take it. This household is big on cinnamon rolls. But hey, which isn’t. Right? If you don’t like cinnamon rolls, I want to know your name, I want to study you to understand what kind of human being is not in love with cinnamon rolls 😉

The Best Cinnamon Rolls

Over the last few years I’ve mastered to create my own recipe for the BEST CINNAMON ROLLS, and wasn’t really planning on experimenting with the it ever again. But after seeing “25 amazing cinnamon roll recipes” I’ve decided that if I want to challenge myself in anything this year (and by “challenge” I mean something for my personal life, not business), trying as many cinnamon rolls recipes as I can is a great way to do it.

If you have your own favorite recipe, let me know, I would love to test it, and write about it!!!

Just so you know, I am not a blind follower of any recipes, also. So, I’m going to try to make as many of them as I can, but at the same time, I’m giving myself the freedom to change the recipe to my own taste.

My first recipe for this challenge was from “Little Spice Jar” – “CARAMEL APPLE CINNAMON ROLLS

I’d made her Apple Cider Caramel Sauce the day before, and I’m telling you to get up and make it right now!!! It’s sooo freaking delicious, and easy to make.
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I made the dough from my own recipe:

2 cups milk (it should be pretty warm, not hot though)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 Tbsp. salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup turbinaro sugar

1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast

1/3 cup flax seed meal

(you can add 1/4 cup chia seeds)


softened butter,

turbinado sugar,


1 grany smith apple, cut into small pieces (I didn’t peel the apple, and my kids “kind of” complained about it)

apple cider caramel sauce,


I add all the dough ingredients to the bread machine in the order they are listed above. Set it to the “dough” and wait until the process is done. About 1.5 h.

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After the dough is ready, I split it in half and work each half separately into a big rectangle. Spread softened butter on it, sprinkle turbinado sugar, cinnamon and the caramel. I don’t use any measurements for the filling ingredients. I just do what feels right 😉 So, I did the same this time.

the best cinnamon rolls

I don’t like the cinnamon rolls to be overly sweet, so I never really add a lot of sugar. In this case knowing that I’ll be adding the caramel sauce I added even less sugar then normally.

the best cinnamon rolls

After all the filling ingredients were on the dough, I rolled it and cut into two inches slices:

the best cinnamon rolls

I alway bake mine in round baking pans.

the best cinnamon rolls

8 rolls per one pan, with some space between then to rise. Before baking, let them rise for about 30 minutes under the cover.

Bake in 375F for 18 – 20 minutes.

the best cinnamon rolls

Done and Done! If they are not sweet enough you can add more caramel on top.

Overall, since I haven’t changed much from my regular recipe, I can say, these were pretty good. I LOVE the caramel, and the kids couldn’t stop talking about it, they were so excited. Next time I would probably peel the apples, though. 

We have already picked our next test: Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls.

Can’t wait!!!

What’s baking in your kitchen today? If it’s a pan of cinnamon rolls don’t forget to share the recipe with me!!! 😉
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