I have been waiting forever to share this delicious recipe with you! Red Hot Cinnamon Rolls! Yes RED HOT cinnamon rolls. It’s a twist on the traditional cinnamon roll. If you like cinnamon bears, red hots and other cinnamon flavored candies you will LOVE this recipe!
I was at my parents house for Sunday dinner and my Mom made homemade rolls for dinner and had a little extra dough left over, so each of the grandkids got a little bit to play with and make into a dessert roll of sorts. Then like a flash it hit me….. why don’t you make cinnamon rolls with different type of cinnamon- with RED HOTS!!! I didn’t know if it would work or even taste good or if it the red hots would be hard as rocks after cooking. No one thought they would be any good and doubted if it was possible.
The only problem was I had no dough…. I begged for a little piece of each of the grandkids and promised in return to make them something extra special with their dough. I made 2 small red hot cinnamon rolls….. and they were devoured! IN SECONDS after I tried them. My doubts about the red hots being too hard didn’t happen. They were almost all the way melted so it just gave them a little crunch, but not like eating a regular red hot. You simply have to try it. It’s beyond words how good these are.
So here are a step by step tutorial on how to make them! It’s a great neighbor gift to give hot out of the oven!
For the flakey rolls and pull apart bread cut the dough into rectangles. Now stack them on top of each other, but the last one flip it over so the sugar and butter are sandwiched in between so you keep all of the deliciousness inside your roll. Don’t worry these don’t have to be perfect. I like cutting with my cutco steak knife, but any knife will work…. even a butter knife.
To make the flakey cinnamon rolls I like to stack 4-5 squares at least in one regular sized cupcake tin.
Now for the glaze…… feast your eyes and ohhh it smelled so good!
1 cup cinnamon red hots
3/4 cup water
1/8 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
Melt red hots in boiling water. When almost melted add sugar and butter. The red hots will boil and start spreading the most wonderful smell throughout your house that will bring everyone to the kitchen immediately! Pour over immediately as it will harden like candy. The glaze will harden, still soft. It’s not hard like hard candy, but not soft enough to pull out any fillings. It’s the perfect balance that you find in great caramels and such.
****Please note this cools quickly and has to be glazed over immediately. I can’t be reheated so have the rolls out and ready before you make this or have a minute or 2 left on the clock.