Saturday, July 31, 2010

CSN Stores GIVEAWAY & Cinnamon Rolls

Those wonderful people at CSN Stores have done it again.  They are allowing me to host a GIVEAWAY on my blog to one of you lovely readers!  Awesome, right?

CSN features over 200+ stores with tons of products at incredible prices.  They offer le creuset cookware, furniture, pet products, outdoor products and so much more.   But what are they offering you, you ask?  CSN has graciously offered to give one of my readers a $50 gift card in the form of a promotional code that can be used on any product on their site....yippee!

I’ll be randomly selecting one lucky reader to win this GIVEAWAY!  There are 5 ways to enter and all entries must be received by midnight (AZ Time) on Friday, August 6th and here’s how you enter:

  1. Leave a comment telling me what you would spend your $50 gift card on at CSN Stores

  2. Follow ME on Twitter @saraboff

  3. Follow CSN on Twitter @csnstores

  4. Follow MY DOG on Twitter @dieselboff (he’s pretty funny!)

  5. Become a Follower of Sara’s Sweets

*If you become of follower on Twitter or on Google Reader, leave separate comments to let me know.

Alright now let’s get onto today’s recipe because it sure is a good one!  About a week ago while at work, I got the sudden urge to make cinnamon rolls.  It was really weird.  I haven’t eaten a cinnamon roll in quiet awhile and I’ve never made cinnamon rolls before, but knowing that I had a packet of yeast at home, I figured, why not!

In my search for a recipe, I found 2 that I liked.  I selected the recipe below because it had great reviews, but I liked the “overnight” technique of this recipe by Alton Brown of Food Network, especially since my plan was to take them into work in the morning. 

My only  modification to the recipe was that I used whole wheat flour and light cream cheese.  You see, using those two ingredients completely cancels out all the calories from the 3 sticks of butter that are in this recipe.  Really, they do! 

Speaking of the 3 sticks of butter, I’m not gonna lie….they are totally worth it!  These cinnamon rolls were light in texture, flavorful in the cinnamon/sugar filling and rich in the frosting.  Pretty much they were amazing!  Right after they came out of the oven, I took them to work, so my co-workers could experience them being warm and gooey…that’s when cinnamon rolls are best, right?  I set them on the counter at 7am and the pan was wiped clean by 7:30am.  No joke!  Food goes fast in my office, but I’ve never seen it go that fast before.  In fact, I almost didn’t get to try one!  If I hadn’t moseyed into the kitchen for coffee at 7:20am, my chance to try these beauties almost ceased to exist!  If my co-workers didn’t love me already, I’m 99.9% certain that they love me now that I brought them cinnamon rolls.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients.

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Rolled out dough.

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About to go in the oven.

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Out of the oven.

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Frosted with copious amounts of icing!

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls by Recipezaar (newly named Food.com)

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Ingredients
  • 1 ( 1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
Filling
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
Icing
  • 8 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
  2. Add sugar, margarine salt, eggs, and flour, mix well.
  3. Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.
  4. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide.
  6. It should be approx 1/4 thick.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  8. To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  9. Spread the softened margarine over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the surface.
  10. Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
  11. Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
  13. While the rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients.
  14. Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  15. When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing

73 comments:

  1. Oh yum, cinnamon rolls totally speak to me in ways other breakfast foods do not. One day you HAVE to try Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls. I had them on Christmas last year and they are SO good that I could literally only eat one. They are THAT rich and decadent. But I'm already counting down the days until Christmas so I can eat them again.

    Anyways, I'm already following you on blogger.com - I don't use Google Reader...does that count? :)

    Anyways, I'd use the giftcard to buy a food processor!! I want one so badly!

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  2. Following you on Twitter now :)

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  3. I would purchase the emile henry pink pie dish :)

    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

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  4. I follow via gfc as DG

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  6. I follow csn on twitter @deegee13

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  7. I follow your dog on twitter @deegee13 lol

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  8. I follow you on twitter @deegee13


    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

    thanks for the chance! :)

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  9. I would buy a hadaki makeup case

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  10. Im a Follower of Sara’s Sweets

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  11. I Follow youon Twitter @saraboff

    @shopgurl

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  12. I follow your dog on twitter @shopgurl


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  13. I follow csn stores on twitter @shopgurl

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  14. I would love to get a new "big" rug for our kitchen!

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  15. Cursed diet! I could eat the whole pan of those rolls if not for this health kick thing... I need to get my husband a University of MS baseball cap in navy. We are in NY, and you can't get one around here. We're homesick, and crazy for our alma mater so I'd love to buy him the hat.
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  16. I would get my niece a Corelle doll for her birthday!
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  17. I follow you on twitter@meeyeehere
    I would follow you anywhere for cinnamon rolls!

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  18. I follow CSN on twitter@meeyeehere
    I love that place!
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  19. I follow the dog on twitter too! Yup!
    meeyeehere

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  20. I haven't had cinnimon rolls in forever! They're certainly a winter treat for me. I'd love to pick out a timbuk2 bag from CSN!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  21. I follow CSNstores on Twitter (@channynn).

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  22. I follow you on Twtitter (@channynn)

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  23. I follow Diesel! (@channynn)

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  24. I'd buy the Lipper International 25" W Desk with Chalkboard Top & Chair in Pecan - 554P

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  25. I would Definately get an ice cream maker!

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  26. seriously yum!!! would love to buy my daughter a 2nd birthday gift! Maybe put it towards a balance bike on the csn toy site!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  27. Cinnamon rolls are one of the best foods known to man. I'm thoroughly convinced. :) And yours look delicious! As for the giveaway...sweet! I'd go for a handful of new kitchen utensils. A biscuit cutter. New measuring cups. Simple things I've been needing for a while, but haven't justified buying yet.

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  28. The cinnamon rolls look awesome! We love them! If I won I would get a new laptop bag. Mine is old and very heavy!

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  29. I would spend the $50 on toward the Cuisinart food processor. I have never had one and I just know it would make cooking and baking (like those yummy cinnamon rolls) a whole lot easier.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter my name.

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  30. I follow you on Twitter @HeartnSoulmom

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  31. I follow CSN on Twitter @HeartnSoulmom

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  32. I follow Diesel on Twitter @HeartnSoulmom

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  33. I am following your blog via Google Friends Connect.

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  34. I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance!

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  35. ...love the Cinnabon style cinnamon rolls...would like to make this with a Kitchen Aid mixer from CSN hope I can and thanks for the chance to win

    kaffirgirl@gmail.com

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  36. I'd like a kitchen torch to make professional looking creme brulee...thanks

    freebies27@gmail.com

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  37. I am following you on Twitter (atlantagalknows)

    junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

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  38. I am following CSN on Twitter (atlantagalknows)

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  39. I am following your dog on Twitter (atlantagalknows)

    junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

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  40. I am following you on Google Friend Connect

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  41. I would buy this little table for my bedroom: http://www.csnstores.com/Winsome-10115-WN1446.html

    junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

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  42. Ooohhh, those cinnamon rolls. I am drooling.

    I would love to get some new sheet pans. They would come in handy for making those cinnamon rolls too, as would a kitchen timer!

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  43. CSN Stores Twitter follower duckybunny

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  44. Your Twitter follower duckybunny

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  45. Following your dog (LOL!) on Twitter as duckybunny

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  46. If I won I would use it on the Wildon Home Kabini Cre'me 8 Piece Comforter Set
    thecartoonlovinmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I follow you on Twitter @sgrant2005
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  48. I follow CSN Stores on Twitter @sgrant2005
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  49. I would put the $ towards a serger!

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  50. Follow you on Twitter

    @treehugginmomma
    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  51. Follow CSN on twitter

    @treehugginmomma

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  52. Follow the puppy on twitter

    @treehugginmomma

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  53. Follow via GFC

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  54. 57 comments! That's amazing Sara! I'd use the gift card towards a blender... I need one bad! I'm following Diesel now too... he asked me to the other night.

    Those cinnamon rolls looked delicious! Those are my weakness!

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  55. I would get the ABC Pet Bamboo Two Story Kitty Condo with Sleeper located here: http://www.csnstores.com/ABC-Pet-30034-BCQ1011.html

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  56. I would get the Calphalon Classic Bakeware Cookie Sheet and Cooling Rack Set

    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. I follow CSN on twitter as edmontonjb

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  58. I would buy the Rowenta auto steam iron

    nblexp at gmail dot com

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  59. i follow you on twitter c5519

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  60. i follow your dog on twitter c5519

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  61. i follow CSN on twitter c5519

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  62. i follow you on GFC

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  64. aren't homemade cinnamon rolls the best?! i would love to win this and buy an ice cream maker!

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  65. and a blog follower too via google reader!

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  66. OMG, I just seriously salivated.

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  67. What I would give for one of those beautiful cinnamon rolls!

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  68. Stopping by to say hi! Love this site!

    Hope you'll come visit and follow me too :)
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    Have a beautiful weekend!

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