Overnight Cinnamon Rolls | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough



It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Like, oh, almost a year. How are you? I missed you. It’s good to be here with you again.

So much has happened since we last chatted. I had a baby (another girl, named Adelaide (Addy) Scout, who is the sweetest little one you will ever meet and she’s already 10 months old and almost walking and what the heck why does time move so fast). We settled into a new home. I’ve been working for General Mills as a recipe development consultant and video storyboard artist (sounds fancy, but basically I draw pictures on an iPad of pretend food and try to make it look somewhat professional) part time, while also taking care of my littles. Avery, who is almost four years old (WHAT I KNOW), has been going to preschool twice a week and growing like a weed — but really. She’s in 5T clothes and she’s not even four years old yet. Anyone want all of the 3T clothes I bought that she never wore? Ugh.

Let’s see, what else… Elliott, my dear husband, has continued working as a physician assistant at an emergency room in the Twin Cities. It’s hard work and he’s often exhausted (and I’m often exhausted from working my job and taking care of small people all day long) so our hobbies these days include crashing on the couch to watch The Alienist and Silicon Valley re-runs and dreaming big dreams for our family. ← THAT is so very vague and elusive and I apologize for that, but I have to withhold details until we’re ready. But trust, I will share everything when the timing is right.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Biscuits | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

In true Girl Versus Dough fashion, I bring these lemon poppy seed biscuits to you only six to eight months after I first thought of them. They’ve been in my phone’s Notes and in my hopes and dreams every day since then, and now here they are, just for you, just in time for Christmas breakfasts and brunches and other holiday get-togethers where biscuits are always welcome.

To be honest, I was waiting so long because I wanted to make them with a very special flour, one that I’ve been wanting to bake with for, like, years now. So to say these biscuits have been a long time coming is a grand understatement. But they were so worth the wait.

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Chai Spiced Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Guys and gals, can you believe it? We are practically two weeks away from Christmas! I just got my decorations up yesterday (#moving #somanyboxes #sendhelpandcookies) but I’ve been in the festive spirit since Thanksgiving. Thank you Mariah Carey.

In case you’re like me and you still have plenty of Christmas shopping to do, may I suggest cuddling up this weekend to your couch, your favorite online store, a cup of coffee and a plate of this chai spiced cinnamon roll pull apart bread? Bonus points if you do it in flannel pajamas by the Christmas tree and/or a fire. It could not be more holiday-perfect.

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Behold: Your new favorite cinnamon roll. Brown butter, pumpkin, cinnamon roll ooey-gooeyness. Four ingredients to sweet breakfast perfection.

Have you ever wanted pumpkin pie and cinnamon rolls for breakfast? Have you ever wanted to try brown butter mixed with pumpkin and spices? Have you ever wanted to eat a cinnamon roll nearly as big as your face that contains all the flavors of fall while also maintaining its classic cinnamon roll-ness?

Yeah, me too.

We can thank these brown butter pumpkin cinnamon rolls for giving us all of our wants and needs and more.

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Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Pull-Apart Sweet Potato Rolls | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Now HERE’S the way to get your daily dose of vegetables. Just stuff them in a soft, cheesy, pull-apart roll.

I’ve never really been one to turn up my nose at veggies (except for carrots, which I’m kind of iffy about unless they’re in this form), but that’s not the case for the rest of the humans I live with in this house. The small human has an aversion to all veggies except those that can be dipped in ketchup, and the tall human will only gladly eat vegetables that are on top of a frozen pizza. So I am often alone in being excited about eating salads and such.

But these stuffed pull-apart sweet potato rolls? They were accepted by all, with much gladness. And this made me so, so happy.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Roll Wreath | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Easter is just around the corner (seriously, it’s coming up on us RIGHT QUICK) and I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about brunch. It’s what I do.

Many years in my youth, my family would go to the restaurant Easter brunch buffet. Sometimes this wasn’t so bad — I would get my fill of that prime rib station and a plate full of mini cheesecakes. Other years, not so much. Once, I encountered an extremely hot outdoor tent buffet with supposed-to-be-cold kale salad that was melting into a puddle of ice cubes-turned-water next to a tray of cheese cubes that were fused together by the sun’s death rays (though also, perhaps, banding together as a way to survive), and a terrifying man-size bunny that greeted every table with his terrifying man-size immobile bunny face. I think there also might have been an entire family in overalls and flannel, if memory serves.

This year, I’m avoiding any potential chances for a recurrence of things past while also graduating beyond the prime rib/mini cheesecake situation. I’m bringing this chocolate cinnamon roll wreath front and center instead.

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