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{guest post: chef in training}

I am THRILLED to be here at Nifty Thrifty Things today! Vanessa is just wonderful and I am happy that I can be here guest posting today. I just adore her and her blog! She is beyond talented and am honored for the opportunity to share a little part of me here on her space.

My name is Nikki and I am the blogger behind Chef in Training. I am a die hard foodie! I am married to the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl with a sassy attitude, and a handsome little boy who’s smile can brighten anyone’s day! Sometimes, being a stay-at-home mom can make for pretty long days, so to spice up my days at home, I have started to cook and bake. Like most moms, wives, and people out there, I am a “Chef in Training”, teaching myself how to cook one recipe at a time. I LOVE being in the Kitchen and have a great love for good food! I have some amazing taste testers and get a thrill out of perfecting and finding new recipes! Being a mom of two, days can get pretty busy. On my blog, you will find easy, fast, delicious and family-friendly recipe to suit anyone’s taste and needs. Be sure to come by and say hello! I love to meet new friends!

Today, I am sharing a recipe that is a staple in my home. I CRAVE cinnamon rolls! I know everyone has their own family recipe, but this is the one I use and trust me they are DELISH! To me, there is nothing better than a warm gooey cinnamon roll! Especially in the fall/winter months… it just warms and brightens up my day a little bit more :)
Top them with some yummy Cream Cheese Frosting.…
Dough recipe from: Pioneer Woman
Filling and frosting from me


2 cups milk
12 cup vegetable oil
12 cup sugar
1 packet (2 14 tsp) active dry yeast
12 cups flour (divided)
12 heaping tsp baking powder
12 scant tsp baking soda
12 Tbsp. salt


1412 cup butter, softened
brown sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting:

12 cup butter, softened
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
16 oz. powdered sugar
3–6 Tbsp. milk


Mix milk, oil and sugar in a sauce pan. Scald to 150 degrees. Let cool until mixture is lukewarm (about 30–45 minutes). Sprinkle in the yeast and let sit. After the yeast sits and activates, add in 4 cups flour. Stir the mixture together. Cover and let sit for one hour.

Add in 12 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir or knead mixture together.

Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle surface with flour and roll dough out to form a thin rectangle.

Smear a generous amount of softened butter over surface of rolled out dough. Rub brown sugar over the buttered surface of rolled out dough. You just want a thin even layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Fold the dough toward you. Pinch the seam to seal it. Grease a foil cake or pie pan, or do like me and grease a cookie sheet.

Cut rolls 34 to 1 inch think and lay on greased pans. If you do the cookie sheet method like me, lay them in 3 rows of 3.

Repeat with the other half of the dough and filling.

Cover rolls and let sit for 30 more minutes.

Bake at 375 for 15–18 minutes for cake or pie pans and 10–15 minutes for cookie sheets.


To make frosting: Cream softened butter and softened cream cheese together. Add vanilla powdered sugar and milk. Add more powdered sugar or milk to get it to your desired consistency. I like my frosting thicker so I add a little more powdered sugar.


Once Cinnamon rolls are cooled, frost and enjoy!
Makes about 3 dozen cinnamon rolls give or take.


Thanks Vanessa for having me today!

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  • Reply
    Thursday September 6th, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Yummy yummy :) thanks for sharing you buns with us lol. Going to have to try my boys love good good. Thanks for sharing,God bless you and yours.

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    Monday September 24th, 2012 at 08:52 AM

    My mouth is watering and my hands are itching to make these and my tummy is rumbling to get them made NOW!

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    Wednesday June 12th, 2013 at 03:36 AM

    Do you think you could make the dough the night before you plan to serve these?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday June 12th, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      I would just prepare them like described. After you cover the rolls in the pan and let it sit for 30 minutes, just place them in the fridge overnight.
      In the morning, take the rolls out of the fridge and allow them to warm up for about an hour or so on the counter. When they have risen a little more and are puffy, they should be ready to bake.

      Let me know how that works out for you. :)
      xo’s from Germany,

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