Can you stay for dinner?’s cinna minis (mini cinnamon rolls)

Can you stay for dinner?'s cinna minis - A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

Finding (food) love online – Can you stay for dinner?


If you don’t know what that sound is meant to be, it’s actually Homer Simpson drooling whenever he thinks about food.

I have had exactly the same ‘guuurrggghh’ moment this weekend – I have found a new blog that I have fallen in love with.

I stumbled upon Andie Mitchell’s website, Can you stay for dinner? purely by accident as I was online looking for recipes for mini cinnamon rolls. I ended up making her cinna minis this weekend but I also ended up spending a good couple of hours trawling through her website.

She is an inspiration! She went from being over 260 lbs to 135 lbs, not from drastically changing her life but by becoming more active every day and by making little changes to her diet. I really do hope I can follow in her footsteps and do the same.

These were so good I ate all the dinky end bits before I even started icing them.

What’s more, her website is full of beautiful and appetising recipes.

These are just as lovely without the icing as they are with.

I thought I’d made a breakthrough when I made my recent cranberry oat biscuits, which use oat bran and much less flour, butter and sugar than normal biscuits, but Andie’s cinna minis use even less butter and about the same about of sugar. It does use double cream in the dough but it’s a change from using lots of butter to make the pastry.

I have to admit I tweaked her recipe a little by putting some sugar in the dough mixture too.

I’ve never made cinnamon rolls before but I think these seem to be a slightly healthier version (especially if you omit the icing sugar frosting). What sold me is that it doesn’t rely on a yeast-based dough (so no waiting around for the dough to rise etc etc) so it took me less than an hour to whip these babies up.

A word of warning though, they’re incredibly moreish, so much so that we went for a two hour walk this afternoon, partly out of guilt after I ate all the dinky end ones after the baking.

I used fondant icing on these cinna minis. Yum yum yum!

Here’s the link to Andie’s cinna minis, with photos of my efforts below (I added an extra 25 grams of sugar to the dough mixture).

Happy baking!

Lots of love


A 2 minute dough mix. Some melted butter and some cinnamon sugar.

Um, I thought if I made a rectangular dough, I'd be able to roll out a rectangle shape more easily....

Hmmm, no... you still end up with a circular shaped dough. Here's a trick I learnt - roll out your dough on a piece of baking paper. You'll know why later...

Smear your dough with butter.

Then smother with your cinnamon butter. Then roll this up by lifting your baking paper up and over - it's the same technique as swiss roll making and it works!

Rolled, cut and then placed on your baking tray. I especially love all the uneven shapes.

All rolled up and ready for the oven.

Crisp, golden and delicious!


16 Responses to “Can you stay for dinner?’s cinna minis (mini cinnamon rolls)”
  1. ChgoJohn says:

    You really did hit my soft spot with this recipe. Ever since I was a boy — and I realize I’m not alone — the combo of sugar and cinnamon has been a treat bare none. Mom sprinkled it on buttered toast and we kids were in heaven! I can almost smell the aroma wafting from your pictures. These are on my “must do” list and I cannot wait to bake them. Thanks for sharing!

    • You and I obviously share the same tastes. I love cinnamon and sugar. i’ve never tried sprinkling it on toast yet but I definitely will. A friend used to eat sugar sandwiches, just white bread with lots of butter and sprinkled sugar 🙂

  2. What a delicious looking recipe! I’ll stay for dinner anytime.

  3. You’ve done it again, a great recipe and photos, I have a soft spot for cinnamon rolls and now I’m off to check out can you stay for dinner. The answer is yes 🙂

  4. ceciliag says:

    How awfully sweet and naughty girl adding MORE sugar, I shall go over and check out her blog this morning! c

  5. Oh, I don’t think I could of held off just eating the pieces of extras. I would have had to hike for 8 hours uphill both way, but eating the whole batch would be so worth it. Take care, BAM

  6. This is so lovely! Wonderful idea and a great inspiration indeed.

  7. Michelle says:

    Loved the charming Can you stay for dinner? site (thanks for the tip) and, oh my, the little escargots look wonderful.

  8. GirlSynna says:

    #1. Those look absolutely delish. #2. From one foodie to another, thank you so much for sharing her blog. I am getting quite addicted to food blogs like yours and her’s.

  9. These look terrific! I can’t remember the last time I had a cinnamon roll. I want! Am excited to check out Can you stay for dinner…

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