I love all things cinnamon roll-ish. My new creation, Snickers Bars Cinnamon Rolls, is full of buttery caramel, rich chocolate and crunchy peanuts. They’re ooey and gooey and pure decadence.
A Snickers candy bar has been my favorite candy bar,well, my whole life! And, cinnamon rolls, oh, cinnamon rolls they are by far my favorite breakfast food/ dessert item, like, ever! Cinnamon rolls hold a place of majesty for me probably because I never made them until 4 years ago. Now, I tried but they never turned out like those big soft, decadent cinnamon rolls at malls. Turns out, I never had my liquid at the right temperature when I added it to the yeast. I can’t stress this enough use a thermometer! I would either have the liquid too hot and kill the yeast or I ‘d have it too cold and the yeast would not activate. Alas, I finally got it right and have been enjoying big juicy cinnamon rolls with a generous scoop of my favorite cream cheese frosting for years now (as evidenced in my hips! Trust me!) I would want my last meal to be cinnamon rolls if given a choice!
I never thought about putting 2 of my favorite desserts together until I saw Pillsbury had chocolate chip cinnamon rolls. I though on and off about those rolls after I saw them in the grocery store. One thought lead to another and another and before I knew it I basically had the makings of a Snickers bar in my imaginary cinnamon rolls. I couldn’t wait to test them out!
I finally got to make them and I ate 2 and 1/2 of them! I couldn’t stop. I ate one before I photographed them! Big Daddy wasn’t home so I sent all but one to a neighbor. I really wanted him to ‘try’ it, but I really wanted that one that I kept for myself. Well, hell, he liked it and ate the whole thing!! Big Daddy is not a big dessert eater. I send most of the desserts I make to friends or the boys’ teachers. Otherwise, if they stay at home, I eat them. The one time I plan for him not to like something he lapped it up like a homeless dog that hadn’t eaten in 4 days!
I used chocolate chips, just regular milk chocolate chips. I used salted cocktail peanuts. For the caramel, I didn’t want a ‘soft’ caramel that would ooze out of the rolls as it heated in baking. I almost always have these Caramel Apple Wraps in the pantry for Outrageous Apples. (They’re great for gifts or happys for friends!) They worked perfectly.
If you cannot find these wraps at the store, sometimes they’re only available during Halloween/Fall. You can melt caramel candies, you know the little square ones, with a small amount of milk and pour over the crust. That might be tricky since the caramel needs to be somewhat cool before spreading over the dough!
Another option would be to just chop Snickers candy bars and evenly distribute them over the dough.
My friend, Gloria at Simply Gloria, made this basic dough. It’s quick and easy. Now, I’ve read Cinnamon Roll Recipes that claim to be ‘quick’ before and they weren’t! I trust Gloria and all her fabulous recipes so I knew if she said they were quick; they were. And, they are! Now, I like my dough a little sweeter than the original and I made a few adjustments to her recipe.