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Holiday Recipe: Reindeer cinnamon rolls

Posted December 6, 2012

Christmas is the perfect time to get the kids into the kitchen. Make edible Christmas decorations and easy Christmas cakes for the day itself (and for Santa) and save money by making Christmas food gifts like cookies and cupcakes.

Not only will your kids be proud of their efforts, you get a helper too - bargain!

What you need:

Dough

  • 1 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Cup white flour
  • 2 1/2 Tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 Tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

Filling

  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp. cinnamon

Decorating

  • Stick Pretzels
  • Dried cranberries
  • Red string licorice
  • Raisins
  • Green candies

1. Mix dry ingredients for dough. Add yogurt and melted butter. Spoon dough onto a heavily-floured surface. Dough will be sticky, so add a little more flour to the top of the dough. Flour hands and knead dough until smooth. Add additional flour if necessary. Roll dough into a rectangular about 1/2 inch thick.

2. For filling, spread melted butter on dough and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Starting from longer side, roll dough into coil and cut 2 inch pieces. Set rolls on end in a lightly greased muffin pan and bake at 425 for about 20 minutes. Let cool thoroughly before decorating.

3. If a glaze is desired, mix 2 tablespoons water and 3/4 cup confectioners sugar. Drizzle on rolls while hot.

4. Turn each roll into a reindeer by decorating with pretzels, cranberries and other items.

Susan is the mom of two and owner of Lil' Chef, a cooking studio for kids and teens in North Hills. Go Ask Mom features recipes every Friday. Go to WRAL.com's recipe database for more.
 

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