Often times I try to stay clear of making cinnamon rolls because they can be hard work, and I don't like kneading dough...I have kneading one too many balls of dough in my lifetime already, so my hands tend to cramp up easily. That being said...this recipe is so easy, and doesn't require any kneading if you use a mixer like a KitchenAid. Plus, the results are totally worth it. Plus there's cookie dough inside. Doesn't get much better. Enjoy!
1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 Tablespoons vegan butter/margarine
1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup vegan butter/margarine
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup EatPastry chocolate chip cookie dough
¼ cup chopped walnuts if you like
Heat the water in a small saucepan. Once warm remove from heat and add the yeast, stir and set aside. Add sugar, butter, and salt to a mixing bowl. Measure flour and add to the sugar mixture. Then pour the water/yeast mixture into the mixing bowl and beat (using a paddle or hook attachment) for about 6 minutes. If you aren't using a mixer, you will have to knead the dough together by hand for 10 minutes. Cover the dough and set aside in a warmish environment for about an hour (I put mine on top of the stove, and since it's in the 80s, it's already pretty warm in my kitchen).
While the dough sits, you can make the filling by measuring all the ingredients and mixing them together. It's that simple. Once that's done you can put in in the fridge until the dough is ready. You may want to bring it out about 10 minutes before you roll out the dough so it softens up and is easier to spread.
Once the dough has sat for at least an hour flour a large surface area and roll the dough out into a large rectangle. I'd say about 18 inches long, 9 inches wide. That's a rough estimate and it definitely doesn't have to be perfect. As long as it's longer than it is wide.
Then take your filling and spread it evenly across the dough. Now, roll the dough up lengthwise so it is one long, 18 inch (or so) roll. Cut into 1 1/2-2 inch pieces using a sharp knife.
There should be 9 cinnamon rolls give or take. Put in a 9x9 baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes at 400F. Once finished you can frost with a little more cookie dough if you like. If you do it as they come out of the oven the cookie dough melts and becomes a frosting-like consistency. Or let fully cool in the pan and top with regular frosting if you like!