I’m one of those people who is simply never late. I think it’s hereditary, because my mom just happens to be extremely punctual as well. (At least I didn’t get the gene from my dad for being late to everything!) I’m that preppy girl who always hands in her project before the deadline, and is always in her seat and ready to learn before the bell, while oftentimes other people are racing into class after that deadly monotone and diving desperately into their backpacks for work that was due yesterday. My punctuality is what has earned me some good grades and a trifle of good-natured resentment from the other students. It’s also what drives me crazy on those occasions where my timing is – gasp – less than ideal.
I was going to make a Thanksgiving recipe to share last week, honestly I was! Somehow it just didn’t happen. I tried twice to make some cornbread, and both tries resulted in failure. I was fresh out of ideas, so I gave up for a few days, thinking I’d try something the day before…day of… what can I say? The hour of the family dinner arrived, and I was out of time.
Of course today I had time, and a really brilliant idea that just occurred to me this morning: cranberry orange cinnamon rolls. I know, I know, the deadline for cranberry orange stuff passed yesterday. But can you please accept this for half credit? Thanks, I knew you would. Especially when the “assignment” is so delectable!
I’ve never been a real fan of the traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. Gooey, sugary gel-like mush that wobbles on your plate and oozes into your other food? No, thanks. But I do adore dried cranberries. And who doesn’t love a delicious cinnamon roll? No matter what time of year you bake these, they will be a real hit. As long as your crowd doesn’t expect you to always be punctual with your holiday flavors!
I am indebted to Hungry Healthy Girl for the recipe I based my cinnamon rolls on this time. The texture was perfect: not too soft and fall-apart-y but not to hard like a cookie. It can be hard to find a cinnamon roll recipe with that happy medium texture, but I found one this time. And I am oh so thankful.
Tangy orange, spicy cinnamon, fruity orange and cranberry flavor all go great together. But to make these cinnamon rolls really delightful, I added a sinfully sweet white chocolate glaze. Thick and decadent, the glaze really makes this recipe, and I really don’t recommend leaving it out. (Unless you want a lower grade! 🙂 )
So what are you waiting for? Time’s a-wasting! Hurry up and make these fun and flavorful cinnamon rolls.