Easy Christmas Morning Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls Christmas Tree

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Easy Christmas Morning Breakfast Cinnamon Rolls Christmas Tree

Regardless of what people think, I’m not one of those Mommys or bloggers who has it all together all the time.  My home and kitchen are not Pinterest-perfect and honestly, most of the time I feel like I’m just getting by.

So, on Christmas morning – we don’t have an elaborate and beautiful breakfast nor do we have something fantastic or homemade.  Honestly, we usually have powdered donuts from a bag (per my children’s request) or even better… Pop Tarts.

But this year… we might have something slightly more fancy.

How to make easy christmas morning breakfast

I saw this idea on Pinterest (where else?) and decided to simplify it for my life.  I clicked over to read the instructions/recipe from Breadworld.com and found that it was a from-scratch recipe for cinnamon rolls.

Well, that’s not happening at my house on Christmas morning… or the night before Christmas… or pretty much any time within a couple of weeks of Christmas if I’m being honest.  Things are just too crazy most of the time!

But cinnamon rolls from a can?  I can do that!  And this little easy Christmas morning breakfast won’t take much longer than tearing open a bag of donuts or dropping some Poptarts in the toaster.

So here’s how to do it.   (Of course you can do the same thing with fresh homemade cinnamon rolls and it would be even more fabulous, but these canned ones work perfectly!)

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

First, you’ll need 2 cans of cinnamon rolls, 8 rolls per can (I love Pillsbury!!) and a large cookie sheet.

Cinnamon Rolls Tree

Using all 16, arrange them in the shape of a Christmas tree (as seen above).  Bake for approximately 15 minutes at 350°F and they come out looking like this:

Baked Cinnamon Rolls Tree

You could get creative here and color the frosting green or put it in a Ziploc bag and pipe it on to be pretty… but I just smeared it on with a butter knife.

Cinnamon Rolls Frosted Tre

And this is what it looked like  :)    Now here’s where you can get creative.  Use Christmas sprinkles.  Use Christmas M&M’s.  Use green sugar.  Use all of the above… whatever makes you happy!

Decorate Cinnamon Rolls Christmas Tree

I used green sparkling sugar and then some red M&M’s.  The kids thought it was awesome (obviously I had to do this before Christmas if I was going to share it with you, but I have  more cinnamon rolls in the frig and as bad as I hate to {insert sarcasm…cough, cough}, we’ll have them again on Christmas morning!

Do you think you’ll try this?  If not, what do you have for Christmas morning breakfast at your house?  I’d love to hear about it!  

How to Make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cupcake Toppers

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How to Make Rudolph Cupcake ToppersI know it’s getting awfully close to Christmas to be sharing a tutorial like this but I’m going to share anyway… How to Make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cupcake Toppers.

How to Make Rudolph Reindeer Cupcake Toppers

Here’s what you’ll need:

And here are the steps:

1. Roll out the brown fondant and cut out the reindeer shapes.

2.  Using the end of a small paint brush or a gum paste tool, make impressions in the antlers to give them some dimension.

Reindeer Cupcake Toppers Ear Impressions

3.  I don’t know the specific name of this tool, but it has a sort of teardrop shape – it’s in the Wilton Gum Paste tools set… use the fatter end to make the impressions for the ears.

4.  Mix a small amount of white into some brown to lighten it.  Roll it out thin and cut out ovals for the “nose” area of the reindeer.  Use a cutter that fits on the bottom part of the deer’s face.

5.  Use a small amount of sugar glue to attach the nose to the deer.  Also dot a spot for the deer’s eyes and nose.

6.  Roll out small balls of red fondant for the Rudolph’s nose.  Attach the nose and eyes to the dots of sugar glue.

Rudolph Cupcake Topper Mouth with Food Marker

7.  Use a food marker to draw on the smile :)

8.  In a small bowl, mix together a small amount of white and brown gel colors.  Using a small paintbrush, roughly paint the antlers.  I like to leave them a bit messy.

9.  You could let the deer dry as they are and use them directly on frosted cupcakes, but I rolled out some green fondant and cut out 2″ round circles and attached the deer to the green background.  I placed them on a cookie sheet sprinkled with tylose and let them dry overnight.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cupcake Toppers

If you’re curious… the cupcakes were vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.

And that’s it… do you have any questions about how to Make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cupcake Toppers?  Leave me a comment!

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

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Easy Hot Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

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I started making Hot Spiced Apple Cider a few years ago and now it’s become a tradition for me to make it at least once or twice every holiday season.

Tonight we’re having our children’s program at church, followed by hot chocolate and cookies and I thought a big pot of this would be welcome by the adults so I put some on to simmer.

This stuff is so easy to make and it’s just plain delicious.  I’m not a big fan of plain apple juice and I don’t drink coffee or hot tea, but this stuff?  I could drink it all day long!

It will warm you up, put you in a Christmas-y mood and just plain make you feel good.  And if drinking it is not enough reason to make it, it also will make your house smell so inviting and heavenly when it’s simmering.

Simmering Hot Spiced Apple Cider

A couple of notes about the recipe.  First, I usually use plain apple juice, but once I went to the store and they were totally sold out of apple juice, so I bought apple cider instead.  And you know what?  I couldn’t tell the difference.  So use whichever you like… I don’t think it’ll make a big difference.

Also, I like to wrap up all of my spices in cheesecloth to simmer.  I still drop a few whole cloves into the apple juice, but I like for my Hot Spiced Apple Cider to be clear.   It’s just a personal preference.

But if you don’t have cheesecloth and/or you don’t mind it looking a little cloudy, you can put all of the spices directly into the apple juice and it will still be fantastic!   Here are he ingredients…

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Ingredients

And here is the printable recipe!  Enjoy!

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Hot Spiced Apple Cider


  • 2 gallons apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 3-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 orange
  • cheesecloth and bakers twine (optional)


Pour the 2 gallons of apple juice into a large pot. Slice the orange in thin slices and put them in the juice. Place all the spices in a cheesecloth and tie it up with bakers twine.

Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer. Sprinkle a few whole cloves on top if you prefer. Allow it to simmer for several hours (at least 4 but longer is fine). Your house will smell amazing and the drink is perfect for cold weather and Christmas parties!

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