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Easy Caramel Rolls (made with frozen bread dough)

These easy rolls with a delicious caramel sauce would be a great item for a beginner baker. By using frozen yeasted dough, they take less time but make just as delicious rolls as a from-scratch recipe. I especially love how much they remind me of sticky buns.

easy caramel rolls made with frozen bread dough

The brilliance of frozen bread dough was first introduced to me when working at Cooking Light in the late 90s. I had a Senior Editor who proclaimed it one of the absolute must-haves in any kitchen.

She was mostly enamored with the way it easily produced simple dinner options like calzones and pizzas. But I – being the baker that I am – quickly adopted it as my go-to for easy baking ideas.

And that’s exactly what I’ve delivered with this pan of ooey-gooey caramel rolls made with frozen bread dough – the ultimate easy baking recipe. Guests at your table will think you slaved over a pile of flour and yeast to produce these special rolls.

And you’ll know it was easy work — thanks to the help of a useful loaf of frozen bread dough.

easy caramel rolls made with frozen bread dough
easy caramel rolls made with frozen bread dough
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Easy Caramel Rolls (made with frozen bread dough)


  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 min

Description

These easy rolls with a delicious caramel sauce would be a great item for a beginner baker. By using frozen yeasted dough, they take less time but make just as delicious rolls as a from-scratch recipe. I especially love how much they remind me of sticky buns.

 


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound thawed bread dough
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon canned dulce de leche (I used Nestle La Lechera)

Instructions

  1. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a small bowl. Coat a square baking dish or pie plate with non stick spray; set aside.
  2. Place dough on a floured surface. Roll dough into an 18- x 8-inch rectangle, sprinkling with additional flour if needed to avoid sticking to rolling pin. Spread softened butter over dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture.
  3. Gently roll up dough, jelly-roll fashion, starting with a long end. Pinch seam to seal. Cut dough into 8 slices using a serrated knife.
  4. Place slices, cut side up, in prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. (The best way to proof bread is typically in an oven that’s been turned on/off and is just barely warm.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover dough and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. To prepare caramel glaze, combine remaining ingredients (powdered sugar through dulce de leche). Let rolls cool slightly before icing.

Notes

If you wanted to turn this recipe into a variation of an easy Monkey Bread recipe, simply cut the bread dough into pieces, melt butter and roll the dough pieces in the brown sugar mixture. Arrange the small pieces in a Bundt pan and bake until golden brown. Let cool slightly (this will make a big difference in how the bread holds together), then turn out onto serving platter. Mix caramel mixture and pour caramel mixture over warm bread. These sweet rolls would be an especially nice and easy way to treat your family on Christmas morning!

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Proof Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min

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