you even remotely like baking, beautiful cookbooks, cats or fantastically addicting podcasts, you’re likely quite familiar with the blog, Joy the Baker. Created by Los Angeles-based Joy Wilson, the blog
features classics recipes like Old Fashioned Doughnuts or Angel Food Cake and innovative and inspired ideas like Breakfast Nachos or
Caramel Cheesecake Pie. Joy’s photography has a style like no other, and
she develops gluten-free and vegan recipes, too, so all bakers (and eaters)
will find something to get excited about. This particular recipe is one that
even a beginning baker can tackle. Unlike traditional cinnamon rolls that call
for kneading and rising, Joy’s are made with a simple buttermilk biscuit dough.
Everything a cinnamon roll should be, without the stress or long kitchen
1/4 cup vegetable
shortening, cold and cut into cubes (if you don’t have shortening you can
certainly substitute unsalted butter)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk, cold
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
For the filling
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons unsalted
butter, melted plus a bit more for topping the biscuits before baking
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Grease an 8×8-inch square baking pan with butter and set aside.
In a small bowl, make the filling by mixing together the 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, spices and salt. Set aside. Set melted butter aside as well.
In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and
salt. Cut in shortening and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Use your hands to break the fat cubes into the dry ingredients. Some
of the fat bits will be the size of peas and some fat bits will be the size of
In another bowl, combine egg, milk and vanilla, and beat lightly with a fork. Add the liquid to flour mixture all at once, stirring enough to make a
Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 15 times. If the butter has
warmed too much in the making of the dough, shape the batter into a dish, wrap
in plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge for 15 minutes. If the butter
is still cool, shape the dough into a disk and, on a well floured surface, roll
dough to a little less than 1/2-inch thickness. The dough will be rolled
much thinner than a biscuit dough that you would cut biscuits from.
Brush biscuit dough with melted butter. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon
sugar filling. Begin to carefully roll one vertical side into a fairly
tight roll. Continue rolling until you have a biscuit cylinder.
Using a sharp, floured knife, slice into a log, about 1-inch thick. Place
rolls, in prepared pan. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake for
13 to 15 minutes, until slightly golden brown on top. These biscuit cinnamon rolls
are best served warm the day they’re made. They’re also good reheated
with butter and jam.