With Valentine’s day close on the horizon, I decided it was time to share one of my favorite simple recipes for the occasion. And by simple, I don’t mean some recipe with five million weird ingredients but three easy steps, as most so-called “simple” recipes turn out to be. You’ll probably have everything you need for this in your house already.
Cinnamon Roses & Pomegranate Glaze
You will need:
- Store-bought crescent roll dough (e.g. Pillsbury)
- Cinnamon sugar
- About ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- Pomegranate juice (alternative: milk and red food coloring)
To prepare the roses:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Unroll dough on a cookie sheet. For mini cinnamon roses, separate dough down the middle perforation. For a larger version, leave the entire sheet of dough intact.
- Sprinkle dough with cinnamon sugar–the more the merrier.
- Roll the sheets of dough up.
- Using a serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion so as not to squish the rolls, cut slices to the desired size. They won’t expand much. Lay these rolls on their side.
- Pinch the bottom of each roll with your fingers until it’s completely closed up. This will cause the center part of the “rose” to pop up a bit. Make sure that all the layers still stay relatively close together and that the center isn’t sticking out too much, because this will cause your roses to unravel during baking. Spoiler alert: no matter how hard you try, half of them will unroll anyway.
- Bake the roses for about 8 minutes (if you’re making mini rolls) or until golden brown.
To prepare the glaze:
- Pour your powdered sugar into a small bowl. The measurements don’t have to be exact, and can be altered according to the amount of glaze you’d like.
- A teaspoon at a time, begin stirring in pomegranate juice. If you don’t have pomegranate juice, which can be bought in small bottles at most supermarkets, you can prepare a tradition powdered-sugar glaze using milk instead! Pomegranate is one of my favorite fruits, and I love the pink for Valentine’s day, but almost any liquid will do for making this glaze.
- When the glaze is thin enough to be drizzled, you’re done! If you’ve made the glaze with milk, you may wish to add a drop or so of red food coloring for festivity.
This is such a delicious, simple treat to make for your family or lover for Valentine’s day breakfast. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll probably end up eating them all yourself. No shame.