And if you do need an excuse, what’s better than Christmas morning (or Christmas evening, or Christmas week…or whatever)?
As with almost every other type of herb, spice, fruit, or non-animal edible substance, cinnamon has hundreds of fan websites. Some of them certainly seem legitimate. BUT…then there are the others.
I’m not going to deny the idea a cinnamon mixture could temporarily help with a cough, cold, sore throat, or even a toothache, but when you can buy capsules meant to restart cognitive function and cure chronic complaints – after you buy the ebook – I’m a little skeptical. Nevertheless, you can chalk up cinnamon to the ranks of “nature’s miracle drugs” along with cranberries and garlic (which combat kidney stones and vampires, respectively).
I’m only bringing all this up, you know, to give you an excuse to indulge in gluten-free cinnamon rolls. And not that you need an excuse – if you found a tasty gluten-free cinnamon roll, I really doubt you’ll be thinking, “Perhaps I will force myself to eat that cinnamon bun. It’s a natural miracle drug, after all.” I do think you might say, “May I have the recipe so I may quickly inhale one or four of those gluten-free cinnamon buns that do not taste like soggy sand?”
You can buy premade cinnamon rugelach from brands like Katz Gluten-Free, where they make small, delicious rolls similar to cinnamon buns and perfect for dunking in milk, tea, or coffee. According to the Grocery Guide, Ener-G also carries a premade, gluten-free cinnamon roll. If you want one made bakery-fresh, the Restaurant Guide lists tons of bakeries – like the Clustered Spires Pastry Shop in Frederick, Maryland – that sell gluten-free cinnamon rolls. There are a variety of bakeries throughout the U.S. that offer gluten-free cinnamon rolls as a specialty item.
Here are some of our favorite recipes for gluten-free cinnamon rolls:
– Steve of I Hate Wheat worked with his mother on her Sweet Roll recipe to make it gluten-free.
– Gluten-Free Steve has step by step pictures of his “sure fire, never miss” gluten-free cinnamon rolls. They have white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, baking powder, and xantham gum.
– The Gluten-Free Homemaker modified Roben Ryberg’s recipe to make healthier gluten-free cinnamon rolls for Christmas, and her family didn’t notice. She used sorghum flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and xantham gum.
Jay of the Gluten-Free Post also tipped us off: if you don’t feel up to making gluten-free cinnamon rolls entirely by yourself, Chebe makes a gluten-free cinnamon roll mix. It contains tapioca flour and tapioca starch, and you add egg or egg substitute, oil, milk, gluten-free baking powder (optional), and unsweetened applesauce.
Gluten-free cinnamon rolls that taste good are pretty miraculous. Do you know where to find great gluten-free cinnamon buns?