I am pleased to share with you a recipe that started with Gub-Grandma, and then GubMa, and now it carries on through me. What makes this recipe different than its predecessors is the ROLLS are derived from my mom’s version, and the cream cheese FROSTING from my grandma’s! GubMa used to make a different glaze for her cinnamon rolls, but at some point, we switched it out with Gub-Grandma’s cream cheese frosting and never looked back!
Have you ever caught the whiff of something familiar and then found yourself standing in the shoes of a long forgotten memory?
What particular food or baked good was it?
Some believe the sense of smell elicits a memory response: the track of olfactory nerves plays an active role in conjuring memories. These nerves wind through a part of our brain that links smell with memory.
As a science nerd growing up, I always found this idea fascinating—not to mention applicable in my own life! The smell of cinnamon rolls reminds me of a sunny Saturday morning. My mom would be up early, baking in her kitchen upstairs, and as the timer neared its destination, the entire house filled with cinnamon goodness. When the buzzer erupted, my brother and I literally RACED up the stairs (often on all fours) pushing each other and laughing, trying our best to arrive in the kitchen first.
The WINNER got the sought after “center cinnamon roll” (the softest), and being the youngest and smallest, I hardly ever got there first. Maybe that’s why I prefer the outer cinnamon rolls now!
I’ve baked these rolls a handful of times, and I’m here now to confirm they are delicious and will disappear FAST! Seriously, there is nothing quite like homemade cinnamon rolls. The craft of baking with love makes these rolls taste all the sweeter!
The cinnamon roll process may seem tedious, but I promise you that any beginner can bake these! Heck, I was a beginner when I first made them. Even after moving out and away from safety of GubMa’s kitchen, I still manage to craft beautiful, perfect-to-the-taste cinnamon rolls. YOU CAN DO IT TOO!