Val Hacks: Cinnamon Roll
In this edition of Val Hacks, Columnist Ivy Haight ’25 cooks up a recipe for cinnamon rolls! This super simple recipe only has four ingredients, but the results are delicious.
Val only has cinnamon rolls on Thursday mornings, and let’s be honest, either you’re not up for breakfast on a Thursday or not quite in the mood for those cinnamon rolls. Enter the anytime, not your average cinnamon roll. I know it’s not pretty, but I promise it tastes amazing. Not convinced yet? Well, when I finally persuaded my friend Gaby to try a bite, she exclaimed that it was “actually pretty good!” If that doesn’t convince you, then I’m not sure what will. If you’re like me (and 90 percent of the cinnamon-roll-eating population), the center of the cinnamon roll is your favorite part. Now imagine a warm, gooey roll that is all center. That’s what this recipe gives you.
- Flatten out a piece of bread of your choosing (I chose white bread and took the crust off to maximize the squishiness). You can flatten it with your hands, in a panini press, or just skip this part.
- Spread a decent layer of butter or a plant-based alternative on one side of the bread.
- Sprinkle a hefty amount of cinnamon on the bread (cinnamon can be found by the waffles, by the yogurt toppings in the morning, or in the spice bins).
- Cover the bread with one packet of sugar (from the coffee station).
- Roll it up! (Don’t worry — it’s not as complicated as rolling a burrito. All you have to do is roll it up like you’re in the 1700s sending a scroll to your dear friend studying abroad.)
- Heat it up in the microwave for around 18 to 22 seconds, depending on how gooey or soft you want it.