Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree + KitchenAid 7-qt. Mixer GIVEAWAY

Happy Wednesday, guys! Today marks the 1st day of my 12 Days of Giveaways on my blog :) Yippee! ‘Tis the season to spoil my readers! Every December, I try my best to give back to you, my wonderful, religious and faithful friends. You are the reason I keep posting recipes, pictures and random stories from my life. THANK YOU for stopping by. From the bottom of my heart.

So, because I love ya, {and because my 3 year old is completely fascinated by you} I’ll be posting 12 giveaways sometime between now and December 23rd. Wonderful prizes up for grabs, so you’re not going to want to miss a thing!! {Sign up for email updates here so you don’t miss any of these giveaways!}

Today, I’m kicking things off with a bang and giving away a KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand Mixer. The holy grail of all kitchen appliances. Forreals. I make all sorts of things in mine and use it on average 4 times per week. Through the holidays, it’s much much more :)

Pizza dough, bread, cookies and cinnamon rolls all happen in my mixer. Why? Because it’s faster and easier than doing it by hand. And because my husband washes all the dishes I dirty…most of the time. {How did I become so lucky?}

Today, I’m sharing with you one of my all time favorite recipes I’ve ever made. That’s saying a lot, huh? But, it’s TRUE!! My Cinnabon Rolls are my family’s favorite treat and happen to be one of the most viewed recipes on my site EVER! Surprise surprise…you are ALL cinnamon roll lovers!! My KitchenAid makes mixing and kneading a cinch. These are perfect for Christmas morning, or for any other special occasion. For more detailed photos of the step by step process, see this post. We’re taking the exact recipe, cutting the rolls smaller and arranging them in tree shapes. Super fun for the holidays and kids always DIE over all the sprinkles. Let’s get started:

Start out by proofing some quick rise yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of sugar. Set that aside.

While that’s proofing, whisk an egg together with some buttermilk and canola oil.

And measure out more sugar and some salt.

After 10 minutes or so, your yeast should be looking frothy and wonderful! Now we’re ready to get mixing…literally.

Pour the yeast, egg mixture and sugar into the mixer and stir briefly with the hook attachment.

Measure out half of the flour and dump it into the bowl with the salt. Stir it up and get kneading.

Keep adding in more and more flour until the dough starts to come together and pull away from the sides. You want it slightly sticky and smooth. This needs to get kneaded a few more minutes.

Once your dough is a bit smoother, you can grease the bowl and the dough and let it rise. Make sure you cover it and place it in a warm, draft-free spot in your kitchen.

After 2 hours or so, punch the dough down, flour your work surface and roll this out big! This will make 2 trees, so feel free to just use half the dough and save the other half for something else.

Fill rolls with butter, sugar and cinnamon. I didn’t have a whole lot of brown sugar so I subbed in some granulated sugar. Use what you got!

Roll the dough, cut off the uneven ends and slice into rolls. Arrange on a buttered parchment paper lined cookie sheet in a tree pattern. Cover with plastic wrap and rise again until rolls are doubled in size and touching. This 2nd rise always seems to take forever for me. Like 4 hours. Don’t be afraid to keep these out longer than you think just to get a good rise out of them.

Bake, smother in frosting and top with sprinkles! I used store bought frosting because I had it on hand, but I’d recommend the cream cheese frosting as listed in the recipe for sure!!

So, there you have it! My Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree..perfect for Christmas morning and it’ll make your house smell amazing ALL day! Now, onto the giveaway :)

My friends at KitchenAid want you to own one of their gorgeous 7-qt. stand mixers in black, white, silver or red–your choice! Pretty stellar, right? I thought so. And it’s bound to help make all that holiday baking easier!

Why I LOVE my KitchenAid Mixer:
-Not only is this mixer huge, but it’s seriously heavy duty! The attachments are huge and help you make big or small batches of any kind of recipe.
-Just like all the other KitchenAid mixers, you can get and use any of the wonderful attachments that work with it. My favorites are the pasta attachments. Fresh pasta is the bomb. I really am just addicted to carbs. –>truth
-This mixer is the quietest, best performing and longest lasting appliance! See next sentence…
-My sister in law’s mixer just died after being used for almost 30 years with no problems at all. How amazing is that? 30 years!! That’s older than me….just sayin’
-It looks real purdy on my counter :) –>I’m so practical
-The pouring shield helps keeps things extra clean, especially when I happen to be baking with my little one.

Here’s how you can enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

RULES: Contest only open to US Residents only {sorry international friends!}. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. All opinions expressed here are my own…as always :)

And be sure to be on the lookout for more recipes coming your way using my awesome KitchenAid Mixer. Now for this FAB recipe:

Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree

Yield: 2 trees; 24 small rolls, approx.

Ingredients:

for the dough-
3/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast {use the fast acting kind!}
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 egg
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
4 1/2-5 cups all purpose unbleached flour

for the filling-
1/2 cup softened margarine
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cornstarch

for the frosting-
2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup softened margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Making the Dough- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, pour in water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Stir and proof 5 minutes. Once mixture looks bubbly and frothy, pour in remaining sugar and salt. Stir on low for 15-20 seconds. In a small bowl, measure buttermilk, oil and egg. Whisk ingredients together until egg is incorporated to other two ingredients. Pour contents into the water and yeast mixture. Stir another 20 seconds in the mixer. Pour 2 cups of flour into mixer and stir on low until incorporated. Sprinkle flour in by 1/4 cup increments until dough cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl. Dough should be sticky but not sticky enough to stick to your hands when touched. Once it has reached this stage, turn mixer on and knead for 5 minutes. Remove dough from bowl, grease and replace back into same mixing bowl {since it’s practically clean anyways.} Cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel. Rise 1-2 hours or until dough has doubled in size.

Filling and Cutting Rolls- In a medium size bowl, stir brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch together until combined. Set aside. Punch down dough. Flour a large clean table liberally with flour. Lightly flour dough as well. Roll dough out to be a 20×30 rectangle {or as close to that as possible} while moving dough around to ensure it’s not sticking to your work surface. If it’s a little short or uneven, feel free to cut off the edges to even it all out. {FYI-I cut off some dough on one side and filled in a spot that needed more dough on the other side to make a more even rectangle.} Spread softened margarine over dough, being sure to go right to the edges leaving a 1-inch strip untouched on one of the longer sides of dough. Dump brown sugar mixture onto the middle of the dough and spread with your hands, creating an even layer over top of the margarine, still leaving that 1-inch strip of dough untouched. If you have any filling that falls off the sides of the dough, use a bench scraper to replace. Lightly press the sugar mixture into the margarine using a rolling pin. Roll the dough up into a tight log, finishing with the plain dough on the bottom to seal the entire thing together. Cut off the uneven ends to even out the log. Score log every 1 1/2 inches or so and then slice your rolls using those marks. Place into parchment paper lined, margarine greased baking pans. 12 per cookie sheet, arranged in a tree pattern. Cover pans with plastic wrap and dish towels. Let rolls rise another 2-3 hours or until they are touching and have risen almost double. My rolls always spread out more than up, so just be aware that they will most likely spread out more than up. Bake in a preheated 350 degree for 17 minutes, or until tops start to brown. Watch them carefully!!

For the Frosting- While the rolls are baking, whip cream cheese and margarine together. Stir in vanilla, corn syrup and lemon juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Pour in powdered sugar and stir slowly until it starts to incorporate. Then mix on high for 5 minutes or until frosting starts to lighten in color. Scrape sides and mix again briefly. Once rolls have been removed from the oven, frost using half the amount made. Then after they have cooled a few more minutes, frost again with remaining frosting. The first frosting will melt down into the rolls and the second layer should stay put. Top with sprinkles if desired. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes: -See my step by step photos in my original Cinnabon Post for more details I neglected to mention. Also, if your frosting isn’t quite ready after you pull the rolls out of the oven, cover with foil so the tops don’t dry out and get crispy.

-Depending on the brand of yeast I'm using determines how long the dough will take to rise. I like using Red Star Yeast Platinum yeast. It's much faster than just traditional quick rise yeasts.

 

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185 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree + KitchenAid 7-qt. Mixer GIVEAWAY”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 5, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Now this is my kind of Christmas tree!! Great giveaway!

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    Jamie — December 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

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    Mai Nguyen — December 5, 2012 at 6:31 am

    how freaking cute is this!!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 5, 2012 at 6:34 am

    these look amazing and SO cute for Christmas!! These would be perfect for a holiday brunch!

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    Lisa — December 5, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I get your emails!

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    Peggy — December 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I’ll let you in on a little secret… i used to own a kitchenAid but traded it out when i got a bosche… and i’ve regretted it every since! my grandma’s kitchen aid mixer lasted over 50 years. it was still working when she passed away in 1998 and was sold at an auction. i know my hubby thinks i’ve lost it but i seriously want another kitchen aid mixer…. this one to last me for the remainder of my days!

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    Alina — December 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Great giveaway! I already subscribe to your blog via email.

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    Sean — December 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Already subscribe to your blog via email.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 5, 2012 at 7:44 am

    How freaking cute is that for Christmas morning or a brunch gathering?!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 5, 2012 at 7:44 am

    This looks FAB. I want every single one of those dang rolls. No, I don’t care if I will turn into a cinnamon roll after eating them all, either.

    And great giveaway, Lauren!! I hope I win!!

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    Lucia A — December 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

    GREAT GIVEAWAY!!! THANK YOU!!!! I subscribe to your email because I love getting your new recipes :) I love the Christmas Tree so cute and looks delicious!

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    Krista — December 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I receive your emails! :)

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    Ellen B — December 5, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I am an email subscriber :)

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    jen — December 5, 2012 at 7:55 am

    i have a red kitchenaid from long ago when i worked at williams sonoma. its starting to get really old….a new one would make my day!

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    Hope — December 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

    You have the best do-able ideas! :)

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    Shari Tryon — December 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

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    Emily — December 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

    7 Quarts! Wow. I have the standard 4.5 Quart mixer that I use frequently, but it sure would be nice to have the bigger one for when I double recipes.

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    Stacey B — December 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I subscribed to your emails! Love your blog! And I love kitchen aid!

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    Nicole — December 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

    What a great colorful way to start off December!

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    Danielle — December 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Yay! I love cinnamon rolls! I’ve always wanted to make them but I’m so impatient! Haha :) But these definitely look worth the wait!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I love your cinnamon rolls, and the fact that they are a xmas tree is just perfect!~

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    Eligonma — December 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

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    Bailey — December 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

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    Kristy F. — December 5, 2012 at 8:43 am

    What a great giveaway!

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    Devanie — December 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Fabulous! I used the rafflecopter thing to enter- hope it worked because I need this mixer! My mom’s kitchen aid that I inherited finally died after almost 40 years!!!

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    Corina Duarte — December 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I love this! You are so inventive! Loving this give away!

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    abbey — December 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Signed up for the email subscriptions. I love your blog, it’s my favorite site to come up on my Google Reader every day.

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    Robin Moss — December 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I want to try this for our Christmas morning breakfast! We have at least 14 Christmas morning and my mom and I do all of the cooking. I love the picture of the red kitchenaid.

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    MagPan — December 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

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    Susan V — December 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I love your FB page & your blog!!!
    I can’t wait to make this recipe for my son, he is going to love it!!!!

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    lauren cook — December 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

    love this and reading your blog!! How fun!! THanks Lauren!

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    Brianna — December 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Winning that mixer would be amazing!!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — December 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Holy holidays! This cinnamon roll tree looks AH-mazing! I think this would be super fun to make with my nieces and nephews for Christmas!

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    Amy — December 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Omg I am totally making these this weekend. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Yvette Novak — December 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Love your Christmas tree rolls. Just how big of a batch of dough
    can you make with this bigger mixer? You have piqued my curiousity!
    I’d love to try one out.

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    Pam — December 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Boy I’d love to win this for my mom! Thanks for the chance!!!
    Your cinnamon rolls look srumdilly!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — December 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I love cinnamon rolls! The tree is so festive! cute!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — December 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Great giveaway :) I made sure to subscribe by email(even though I like rss better) for an extra chance. I’m still saving for my first mixer – can’t wait!

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    Terri — December 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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    Sheryl — December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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    Randi Silvey — December 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Oh yes.would love this

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    Beth S. — December 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I get your emails

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    Marcia — December 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Love the cinnamon roll tree! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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    Karen Medlin — December 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

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    JackieToo — December 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Cinnamon rolls are one of the things I am forbidden to take to my SIL’s house. She likes them waaay too much. We’ll have to see what she says about a whole tree full. :D

    I think the note in the Rafflecopter (I love that name!) covers this, but just in case: I already subscribe to your emails. Even with all the social media, email is still my favorite way to keep up with my cyber friends.

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    • JackieToo — December 5th, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

      Thank you! (I hit “Submit” too soon before. :P )

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    Ashley Lane — December 6, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I get your emails!

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    Brenda — December 6, 2012 at 2:25 am

    yummy! i’m an email subscriber. i’ve never made cinnamon rolls from scratch…i may have to try!

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    Maria — December 6, 2012 at 2:42 am

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    Maria — December 6, 2012 at 2:47 am

    When you first posted the cinnabon recipe I made them…once, twice…yes three times so far. They are easy to make and delicious! They replaced my two go to recipes for cinnamon buns.

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    Thomas Murphy — December 6, 2012 at 2:51 am

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