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So one of my favorite family traditions is our annual New Year's Day Brunch with my dad's brother and his family. My dad only has one brother (and three sisters). Between himself and his brother, they have 1 son and 10 daughters. Ha ha! I guess you could say that the girl genes run in our family!
We have brunch a little later in the morning on New Years Day, once we have all started to recover from the late night we all had. Usually we sit around and stuff our faces with food, but this year was a little different . . . our cute cousins turned one floor of their house into an indoor laser tag field. They turned over couches and built forts out of folding tables. They had purchased a couple of these Nerf Laser Tag Guns and we seriously played for hours! It was the most fun that I had had in a long time. Our husbands loved it too and our mom and dad even got in on the action. So, if you need something to help you get through these cold winter months, I would highly suggest indoor laser tag!
Anyway, these sticky buns are what I took to the brunch- they came together in a matter of minutes and tasted amazing, especially after I burned 800 calories running around and shooting people with my laser gun!
Cinnamon and Sugar Sticky Buns
12 frozen dough dinner rolls, thawed but still a little cold (or you could use your own homemade dough recipe- 1 pound of dough cut into roll-size pieces)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (or walnuts work well too!)
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Spray a 9" round baking pan (I just used a pie dish) with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the pecans evenly around the bottom of the pan. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Pour your melted butter into a separate small bowl. Dip each roll into the butter and then roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place roll in the pan and repeat with the remaining rolls. Once all the rolls have been dipped, combine the remaining cinnamon-sugar and butter and evenly pour over the rolls in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap (spray your plastic wrap with non-stick cooking spray so that your rolls don't stick to it!) and let rise until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they start to brown. Remove from oven, let cool for about 5 minutes, and then invert them onto a serving plate.
Recipe slightly adapted from Rhodes Bread
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