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Just Middles- The best part of the Cinnamon Roll

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“Just Middles” is a variation of our family’s favorite cinnamon roll recipe. However, We were camping and we didn’t exactly have space to attempt to roll out the cinnamon rolls, so I came up with this idea instead.

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If you love cinnamon rolls, then you know that the best part of it all is just the middle. That single bite of sugary goodness and spice takes your palate on a journey like no other and leaves you wanting more. From gooey swirls to perfectly caramelized edges, every mouthful of a good middle features something new and delicious to savor.

Just Middles- The best part of the Cinnamon Roll

You’ll Need

  • 2 1/4 c. homemade bisquick
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 – 2/3 c. Cinnamon Sugar
  • 3/4 stick melted butter

Combine the quick mix and milk until it forms a soft dough. Spread 1/2 of the dough into a buttered 9×9 pan.

cinnamon roll dough in bottom of pan

Pour the melted butter over the dough, use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly all over.

cinnamon roll batter topped with layer of melted butter

Sprinkle the dough liberally with cinnamon sugar.
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Add remaining dough to the top in several doll-ups, spread evenly to cover the cinnamon sugar layer. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon & sugar.

cinnamon roll layered in 9x9 foil pan

Bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes
fresh hot pan of just middles cinnamon rolls

This is a super fast, dirt cheap recipe that works well, particularly when you’re camping or working in a small kitchen.

just middles cinnamon roll coffee cake

Just Middles FAQ

1 What is the serving size for a cinnamon roll?
This recipe makes one 9-inch square pan, and there are 9 servings per pan. A serving size is a 3-inch square piece.

2 How many calories are in a cinnamon roll?
The nutrition facts for this recipe are available at the bottom of the print option. Keep in mind that these are estimates based on the ingredients and swapping ingredients, for example, using margarine in place of butter, will alter the calorie count.

3 What is the best way to store cinnamon rolls?
Leftover cinnamon rolls are rare in our house, but in the event that you do have any leftovers, cover the cooled baking dish with plastic wrap, or transfer them to a covered container of your choice. They do not need to be refrigerated.

4 How long do cinnamon rolls last?
The cinnamon rolls will last about 4-5 days on the counter, but are best when enjoyed fresh.

5 Can I freeze cinnamon rolls?
You can freeze these cinnamon rolls prior to baking or after baking. To freeze prior to baking, be sure to use a metal or disposable foil pan, not glass. Transfer the frozen product directly to the oven and you’ll need to increase baking time to about 25 minutes.

To freeze the baked product, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or vacuum seal the pieces and freeze. Use within 3 months.

6 How do I reheat a cinnamon roll?
To reheat a cinnamon roll, apply a small pat of butter to the top of the serving, wrap it loosely with a paper towel and heat in the microwave for about 20-25 seconds. Be careful when removing from the microwave as the roll and filling will be hot and you could easily get burned.

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Just Middles- The best part of the Cinnamon Roll

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
“Just Middles” is a variation of our family’s favorite cinnamon roll recipe, without the hassle or mess of rolling out the dough!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Potluck
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 269 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ¼ cup Quick mix ((Homemade Bisquick))
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Oven to 400°F
  • In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar, mixing well. Set aside until needed.
    ⅔ cup Sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
  • Combine the quick mix and milk until it forms a soft dough.
    2 ¼ cup Quick mix
    1 cup milk
  • Spread 1/2 of the dough into a buttered 9×9 pan.
  • Pour the melted butter over the dough, use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly all over.
    6 Tablespoons butter
  • Sprinkle the dough liberally with 2/3rds of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Add remaining dough to the top in several doll-ups, spread evenly to cover the cinnamon sugar layer.
  • Sprinkle lightly with the remaining cinnamon & sugar.
  • Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes.

Equipment

Notes

This recipe uses homemade copycat Bisquick, but you can use store-bought if you prefer.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 453mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 279IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 34g
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29 thoughts on “Just Middles- The best part of the Cinnamon Roll”

  1. i made this for the kids this weekend with the help of my almost 10 yr old daughter, who has suddenly decided that she needs to help me with everything I am cooking. They turned out great, the kids loved them even the extremely picky 2 yr old niece. Thanks so much for sharing.:party1:

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  2. i will be trying these tomorrow morning. i have made the biscuit baking mix and have found an enormous amount of things to make with it. i never bought biscuit mix because it was so expensive, but decided to make some from scratch.

    i have been missing out on all these recipes!!! thank you!!

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  3. :jar: we made this for breakfast – yummy and easy!!! my 4 yo loves to help, and this is a great recipe to get the kids involved, she could do every step with help! Thanks

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  4. does anyone know if this recipe can be frozen and then thawed in the fridge overnight to bake in the morning? this is a super easy recipe that my family would love anytime! :jar:

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  5. liss, i have to tell you that this recipe gets my kids up in the morning. all i have to do is say just middles and i hear the mmmm’s comming from bedrooms. this is their favorite breakfast food. thank you.:momkids:

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    • Liss, I have to tell you that this recipe gets my kids up in the morning. All I have to do is say Just Middles and I hear the MMMM’s comming from bedrooms. This is their favorite breakfast food. Thank you.:momkids:

      That’s awesome, Thank you! I’m glad that your family enjoys it as much as mine. This one is our favorite when we’re camping, the kids always expect me to make it and it’s so simple. If you want to add some variations, you can add about a cup of finely chopped apple that has been mixed with a little of the cinnamon and sugar and add that in the middle layer. It changes the baking time by about 3 minutes or so, but the kids really love that too.

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  6. i just made these and it was very quick and easy!
    they tasted just like the middle of the rolls and my husband wants them again.
    thank you for this website! i will be on here a lot!

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  7. i would like to reproduce this recipe; of course in my own words, but you will be referenced for the original article. i thought i would ask if you have a preference for the name. like

    • just middles
    • just middles cinnamon rolls

    looks yummy and i can’t wait to try it!

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  8. made these by the recipe the other night and i loved them! a little too ‘bready’ for my taste but still pretty awesome! tonight i’m making them in cupcake form and i have a feeling they are going to be amazing!

    :p

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  9. this looks amazing!! can’t wait to try it out. i’m a fan of bisquick coffee cake but it’s a bit dry for people who didn’t grow up on it.

    this is so much better for everyone. thanks for posting!!

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  10. I don’t know what I did to mine, but they were dry and awful. However, I thought of putting maple syrup on a serving and warmed it up. Absolutely delightful!

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  11. Me and my 9yr old son made these tonight and they are so yummy!! It was great that it didn’t take many ingredients as well. We have a new favorite.

    It will be our breakfast in the morning! 😊

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  12. Made these with gluten free bisquick – add an extra 1/2 cup milk to the mix if you do this otherwise the dough is too crumbly and not gooey. Looks beautiful and smells terrific! Im pretty sure I’ll enjoy it with my girlfriend in a few minutes. Thank you for the inspiration!

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