This is the best thing to happen to sliced bread since sliced bread.
While organizing my recipe drawer recently, I stumbled upon instructions for a dessert I haven’t made in 15 years or so. Upon seeing this small tattered card I became very distracted thinking about where all the years have gone. I distinctly remember the oven mitt I was using the last time I pulled a batch of these Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups from my oven so many years ago. (The things we remember…)
I love this recipe for so many reasons…
I was first introduced to this dessert back in my newlywed days when I was just beginning to collect recipes that were delicious and simple enough for a newish bride to easily impress her newish groom.
The thing I love most though, is that this little pastry invokes in me the same flutter of feelings I get when I hear the sounds associated with a tea kettle set on the stove as the click-click of gas erupts into a small flame…or the sounds of our kids’ voices as they come through the front door after a long spell apart…or the aroma of my favorite pumpkin spice candle as it slowly flickers in the darkness of the early morning…
It says, home…
It all began when a colleague of mine had a group of women over for a little work-slash-social meeting at her house. I remember walking into her Tudor-styled residence and thinking how very “grown up” she was. She, probably all of 35, and I, all of 24, living in my first town-home with my new hubby, felt like I had walked into the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens. I had never seen a house with so many rooms with such well-appointed decor.
And when she brought out the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups, I’m certain I let out a little squeal. This dessert, aromatic and fancy (to me) created quite a shock when I discovered that its main ingredient was sliced bread.
To begin, remove the crusts and roll each piece of bread flat with a rolling pin.
Next, coat the bread with a vanilla-sweetened cream cheese, then roll it up, and dip in melted butter.
From there, you’ll roll it through a cinnamon sugar mixture, then place it on a cookie sheet, and bake until warmed-through and slightly puffed.
It’s a perfect little afternoon nosh with a cup of steaming tea or a tiny espresso…
…or for dinner parties, baby showers, holiday brunches…really any place where people congregate and don’t mind their day made sweeter by a little treat that’s warm and cinnamon-y.
- 20 slices white bread, crusts removed
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ⅔ cup melted butter
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- One at a time, roll out each slice of bread until flattened.
- In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla and ¼ cup of sugar.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining ¾ cup of sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.
- Divide cream cheese mixture and spread on each slice of bread (about 1 Tbsp./slice).
- Roll up each slice.
- Dip each roll in melted butter so that it's fully covered.
- Roll in cinnamon sugar mix.
- Arrange, seam-side down, on baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until rolls start to puff.
- Serve warm.