Love is in the air!
Or, in my house, love is on the plate. 🙂 We love to eat at my house, and I love to cook. So really, the two things that are going to be feeling all the love this Valentine’s Day are our tummies!
You can make cinnamon roll hearts out of any recipe, even the Philsbury canned cinnamon rolls, but I wanted to make mine from scratch.
I’m sure you all have heard me sing the praises of Flirty Aprons, but did you know that they sell kitchen ware, too? For this recipe I used their oval measuring spoons and white silicone spatulas, pictured above. When it comes to kitchen equipment, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I get so excited! But, I’ve also learned that you get what you pay for, and its better to have quality over quantity! That’s why I love Flirty Apron’s kitchen goodies. They’re all cute, well made, and the price won’t break your budget! I’ll link down my favorites below! 🙂
To make these cinnamon roll hearts, you’ve got to cut them into small slices like this. Then take each one and pull out the end to make the shape of a heart!
They don’t need to look perfect. Mine don’t! 🙂
Top them with cream cheese icing, and you’re done!
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 1 cup flour (plus extra as needed)
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp instant yeast (or half a packet)
- 1/4 cup warm buttermilk (close to room temperature)
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (add more to your liking)
- 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
- Cream butter and sugar using a mixer until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in egg. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, nutmeg, and yeast. Add the buttermilk and flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix on low speed until all the flour is completely incorporated.
- Kneed with your hands, or if using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed for 6-8 minutes, adding a bit of flour if necessary to form a very soft dough (it will most likely be very sticky and that’s fine! If you add too much flour, the cinnamon rolls will be crunchy to be honest, and won’t taste sweet). Place dough in an oiled bowl (I used vegetable oil) and turn once to coat both sides of dough with oil. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about an hour and a half.
- Grab your dough and lay it out onto a floured board or counter top. Work the dough out into a small rectangle then cover and let rest for ten more minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Then stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together and set aside. After dough rests, roll it out into a rectangle. Brush surface of dough with melted butter then sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the dough. Gently press the sugar down into the dough with the back of a spoon.
- Starting on a long side, begin rolling the dough towards the center, stopping before reaching the very center. Repeat with other side then roll the two sides together until they meet in the middle.
- Slice the rolls into 1/2 an inch or 1 inch pieces then transfer to a prepared baking sheet. Shape the pieces into hearts by pinching the bottom of the roll between two fingers.
- Cover with greased plastic wrap and let cinnamon rolls rise for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 15 minutes of rising time. Bake cinnamon rolls at 350 degrees for a total of 15 minutes (or until lightly browned)
Cream Cheese Glaze
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 ounces butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar (more to taste, if desired)
splash of milk to thin, if necessary.
Cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and blend on low until creamy. Add milk starting with small amounts until you reach your desired thickness! Then spread the icing all over your yummy cinnamon rolls.
Happy Valentine’s Day!