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Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

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  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for your workspace
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup reserved bacon grease
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • melted butter, for brushing


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon reserved bacon grease, warmed


  • Heat the milk and water in a small saucepan until just warm. Place it in the bowl of your electric mixer and add the melted butter, the yeast and honey, stirring to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes until the yeast is foamy. Add in 2 1/2 cups of the flour, the egg, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, then turn your mixer onto low speed with paddle attachment. Once everything is combined, add in another 1/2 cup of flour and mix. Switch to the dough hook and knead the dough for 6 to 8 minutes, gradually adding in the remaining half cup of flour.
  • Add the dough to a well oiled bowl (you can totally use bacon grease!!) and cover. Let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Punch down the down and place it on a floured surface. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, at least 12 inches long and 6 inches wide. Brush the dough with the reserved bacon grease. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle it all over top of the dough. Add the crumbled bacon evenly over top. Starting at the bottom, tightly roll the dough up into one long roll. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into 1-inch pieces. Place the rolls in a baking dish and cover, allowing them to rise for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, brush the rolls with melted butter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and set on top. Immediately remove from the oven and pour the glaze over top. Serve!


  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Mixture may look lumpy at first but just continue to stir and it will come together – even for 2 to 3 minutes. If too liquidy, add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. If too thick, add milk or water 1 teaspoon at a time.

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