Rainbow Breakfast Rolls

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My family loves sweet breads for breakfast. They also love cereal, but seeing as they go through two boxes in a sitting, making my own sweet rolls and breads is a more economical option.

They also love donuts. But, donuts make me feel guilty. Surely, homemade is better than the donut shop, right?

I will confess, these rolls are a little sweeter than things that I like to serve my family, but for a special occasion, I think they’re just the ticket.

These rolls are an adaptation of your typical cinnamon roll. But instead of a spicy filling, the spice is worked into the dough. And the dough, in turn, is rolled up with butter and colored sugars.

To a kid, sprinkles make everything better.

Bake up a batch of these festive rolls for your next holiday breakfast. You can change the colored sugar to coordinate with the event. Red and green for Christmas, rainbow colored for Easter. Match them to your next baby or bridal shower. The world is your oyster.

Or make them just because. They’ll make your kids smile.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. My kids would love these! I’ve never made homemade cinnamon rolls…they intimidate me for some reason, but I’m sure these are better (for you and taste wise!) than the store bought variety.

  2. Shannon L says:

    These look soo yummy! I love cinnamon rolls. I believe I could eat the entire pan myself!

    Just out of curiosity, do you still have the doughnut machine?

  3. Emily says:

    Very cute idea.
    I am trying this for Easter this year: http://theitaliandishblog.com/imported-20090913150324/2008/3/19/italian-easter-bread.html
    Cute huh? Try it… I bet your fishbabies will love it!

    • Jessica says:

      @Emily, those are really cute! (Except for our egg allergy…) not sure how to handle egg dying with my girl.

      • Cheri says:

        @Jessica, my daughter has recently outgrown her egg allergy and can now tolerate eggs baked into something.
        Does your daughter have a contact allergy? Mine seemed to have problems only when she ate eggs. So for Easter, we would put gloves on her and let her dye the eggs, but she could not ever eat them. And she still can’t.

        Of course, I’m not a doctor or know how sensitive your daughter is. But it’s just a thought about what has worked for us, from one mama to another.

        • Jessica says:

          @Cheri, she is allergic to egg whites, so she just can’t eat eggs by themselves or mixed into something like mayo. (A lot of commercial mayo contains whole eggs.) She has no problem with baked goods. And she dyed one or two eggs with the gang and was fine. She just really, really wants to eat it and I tell her, “no.”

  4. Leah says:

    Gorgeous! I am adding this to my Evernote recipe file, and this will be our Easter breakfast treat. Hello, new family tradition!

  5. Emily says:

    Well, I found you a possible solution.
    So you paint them instead of dying them.
    I also found this: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GatewayFEAST/message/1588
    looks like if the egg allergy person wears gloves they won’t react. Plus the spoon touches the egg and it’s typically the inside folks are allergic to.
    You could also create paper mache eggs http://www.ehow.com/how_4516045_make-paper-mache-easter-eggs.html

    Let me know if you try any.
    My friend Nan has an eggless honey wheat bread (or are ya’ll gluten free too). Let me know. If you want it I will pass it along.

    Lastly – check out Bobs Red Mill if you don’t use his stuff already. He has a whole gluten free line of muffin mixes, etc. and his whole grains are fantastic.

    • Jessica says:

      Awww, thank you! She’s good on eating baked goods with eggs, it’s just eggs themselves. And my biggest challenge with dying them is that she’ll want to eat them. And at 2yo, she doesn’t like to take no for an answer when she sees other people eating it. LOL

  6. Ema says:

    I’m sure that all the cinnamom rolls are gone but if you could, I’d love to see what they look like inside before eating.

    • Jessica says:

      I’ll try to remember to take a picture next time.

  7. Becka says:

    you mentioned your family likes donuts. You can make them super easy at home!! get a can of refrigerated biscuits, make a hole in the middle. I just pinch and pull a hole. then fry them. easy peasy. Not saying they are healthy by any means, but quick and easy for sure. For glaze, mix milk with powered sugar, dip and enjoy.

  8. Cara says:

    These are so awesome! Great use for sprinkles!

  9. Sherry says:

    How cool is that?! 🙂 Love the colors! What fun!

  10. Traci says:

    Looks fabulous! Here’s my ECLAIR CAKE recipe:



  11. claire says:

    Do these freeze well?

    • Jessica says:

      @claire, yes, they worked well. Freeze them prior to the final rise. Then thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

  12. Kim says:

    Can I make these on Saturday and bake them on Sunday morning? Is that at all possible?

    • Jessica says:

      Yes, just stash them in the fridge, wrapped with plastic or a lid. They may rise a lot, so be prepared to see the staypuffed marshmallow man.

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