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Pizza-Dough Cinnamon Buns

I still vividly remember going to the mall as a kid and being seduced by the incredible smell of hot cinnamon buns coming out of the ovens at Cinnabon. I was totally the child who opted for a big, fat, gooey cinnamon roll over anything else in the food court. Even now when I pass a Cinnabon, I always pause to inhale the spicy wafts of warm cinnamon bread being drowned in creamy icing.

Homemade cinnamon buns, while an enticing thought, are also a ton of work. Although I've tried my hand at making them from scratch several times, some things are just worth buying as a special treat when you're out and about. Plus, the last thing I need is to have a batch of homemade Cinnabon-style buns testing my willpower every time I walk in the kitchen.

This is my slightly healthier version of a cinnamon bun which uses pizza dough for the bread and whipped cream cheese, honey and a mix of chopped dried fruit for the filling.

For a weekend brunch or special breakfast these are a mouthwatering treat that don't require a trip to the mall!

Ingredients

16 ounces white or whole wheat pizza dough or 1/2 recipe whole wee-eat pizza dough

3/4 cup whipped cream cheese

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups chopped dried fruit (i use raisins, cherries, cranberries and apricots)

Chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450° F.

2. Roll out pizza dough into a 10x20-inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.

3. In a bowl mix the cream cheese, honey and cinnamon.

4. Spread cream cheese mixture in an even layer across surface of dough.

5. Sprinkle with dried fruit (and nuts, if desired).

6. Beginning at the 20-inch side roll up into a cylinder and then cut into 2-inch thick discs (rolls).

7. Place rolls in greased muffins cups or on a greased baking sheet and pat down slightly.

8. Bake for 20 minutes, allow to cool slightly and serve.

Serves 10

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