Here’s the recipe I promised to share with you for the Cinnamon Crispies I prepare ahead each year for Christmas breakfast. I usually make a batch of these at the end of November and tuck them in the freezer. I cook some bacon or sausage the day before Christmas and refrigerate it. On Christmas morning, all I have to do is scramble some eggs and heat up the bacon or sausage and crispies for a super-easy breakfast. Fresh fruit rounds out the menu.
My friend Kathleen first introduced me to these heavenly breakfast treats, which are crispy on the outside with a crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon-butter crust, and creamy on the inside with a sweetened cream cheese filling. I might as well confess that I make them with WHITE BREAD — something we normally never eat — but once a year we do indulge. You can make these with whatever bread you like, and you’ll find it’s easier to roll up bread that is fresh and soft.
My family loves Cinnamon Crispies, and they’ve become part of our holiday tradition. I especially love that they can be made ahead of time, so that Christmas morning can be a sweet, relaxed family time.
Make-Ahead Cinnamon Crispies
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 10 slices soft bread of your choice
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Roll bread slices with a rolling pin to flatten slightly.
Trim off the crusts. Beat the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until combined. Divide the mixture among the bread slices and spread evenly.
Roll up slices tightly jelly-roll style, pressing on the edges to seal.
Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a shallow bowl. Generously brush each roll on all sides with the melted butter and roll in the brown sugar mix. Arrange the crispies on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze overnight. Put the crispies in an airtight container or bag and keep frozen until ready for use.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and arrange the crispies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until hot and crispy. You can also make the crispies without freezing and simply cook them for 8 to 10 minutes at 375, or until browned and crispy. Makes 10 crispies.
How about you? Do you have any make-ahead recipes you like to prepare for the holidays? I’d love to hear from you.