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~ Peachy-Keen Pie-Filling-Filled Cinnamon-Roll Cups ~

IMG_6020When it comes to breakfast or bunch, I am always looking for the easiest way to serve good food. Mornings in the average family tend to have a lot of things happening at once.  I love my family and I enjoy my guests, but, back in the days when I was trying to get three kids off to meet the school bus and my husband out the door to the office, or, fast forward to when I happen to be organizing breakfast for a few overnight guests, no one appreciates having a few time-saving recipes that taste as good as they look as much as I do.  This recipe is worth its weight in gold.

440px-Pillsbury_logo.svgPillsbury and their adorable dough boy have been a part of my life over fifty years (and they've been around a lot longer than that).  Breakfast, lunch or dinner, when mom made their crescent rolls, we paced around in front of the oven until they came out.  During the years when they televised the Pillsbury Bake-Off, I always watched, and, learned something creative. When Pillsbury came out with cinnamon rolls, my kids knew I would be an easy sell on this product, and, truth told, they earned a place in my refrigerator. Then, when they came along with Grand's cinnamon rolls, complete with cream cheese icing, I didn't hesitate to pick up a few canisters.

There came a time when I did what I often do with a product I like. I went to their website (Quick & Easy Recipes by Pillsbury) and searched by ingredient (cinnamon rolls). Amongst several creative ways to to use them, I came across Two-Ingredient Peach Pie Cups, which used smaller-sized canisters of cinnamon rolls + peach pie filling, baked in standard-sized muffin tins.  For my own "bigger has got to be better" take, I used Grand's cinnamon rolls + the requisite peach pie filling, and, baked them in jumbo-sized muffin tins.  They're like a giant, peachy-keen cinnamon-doughnut or cinnamon-Danish stuffed with peaches.  My family simply  adores them.

The combo of cinnamon rolls & peach pie filling is grand.

IMG_6029Topped w/cream cheese icing too?  You betcha.

IMG_59832  17.5-ounce canisters PillsburyGrands cinnamon rolls w/cream cheese icing (for a total of 10 cinnamon rolls)

1  21-ounce can peach pie filling, your favorite brand

no-stick cooking spray

~ Step 1.  Spray the inside cups of two jumbo-sized muffin tins (12 cups) with no-stick cooking spray.

IMG_5985 IMG_5985 IMG_5985 IMG_5985 IMG_5985 IMG_5985 IMG_5985~Step 2.  Remove both canisters of Grands cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator.  Peel back the wrapping and give them a whack on the side of the countertop to open the package.  Remove and set aside the cream cheese icing.  One-at-a-time, remove the cinnamon rolls, placing them in each of ten of the muffin cups.  Using a tart tamper placed in the center of each cinnamon roll, press down on the center to fit each cinnamon roll flatly into the bottom of its cup.  Using your fingertips, press the sides of each roll into the sides of each cup, to form a cup about 3/4 up the sides of each cup.

IMG_5986 IMG_5986 IMG_5998 IMG_5998 IMG_5998 IMG_5998~Step 3.  Open the can of pie filling.  Using an ordinary tablespoon, distribute pie filling to the top of each cinnamon-roll cup (there's enough filling to fill each one to the top), doing your best not to drip any filling on the edges of the cinnamon-roll cups or sides of pan.  Bake both pans, at once, on center rack of preheated 325° oven for 18-20 minutes, or until cinnamon rolls are golden around sides.  Remove from oven and cool in pan 1-2 minutes. Use a sharp paring and your fingertips to gently lift each peach-pie-filling filled cinnamon-roll cup onto a wire rack to cool to slightly-warm or room temperature, 30-45 minutes.

IMG_4163 IMG_6014 IMG_6014~ Step 4.  While the cinnamon roll cups are baking, stir about 1/2 teaspoon of water into both containers of the reserved cream cheese icing, to thin it down to a drizzly, rather than a spreadable consistency.  For a prettier presentation, transfer the icing to a small squirt-type condiment container.  When cinnamon roll cups are cooled, slowly drizzle icing over top of each one.  Plate and serve.

Store-bought seriously "CAN" be simply delicious!

IMG_6021Two canisters cinnamon rolls + one can of peach pie filling?

IMG_6035One taste & you'll be completely convinced.    

IMG_6042Peachy-Keen Pie-Filling-Filled Cinnamon-Roll Cups:  Recipe yields Recipe yields 10 individual (jumbo-sized muffin-sized) peach-pie-filling filled cinnamon-roll cups.

Special Equipment List: 1, 12-cup jumbo-size muffing tin; tart tamper; spoon; paring knife; wire cooling rack; small squirt-type condiment bottle (optional)

IMG_5857Cook's Note: This decades old, now-retro, family-favorite recipe is made from just a few on-hand ingredients -- 3/4"-1"-thick bone-in pork chops, peach-pie filling, stuffing mix, chicken broth, celery and onion. Mom usually made this after the Thanksgiving holiday, as a tasty way to get one-more family-friendly meal out of one of the leftovers (aka the stuffing).  It couldn't be easier, and, it's the best, easy-pork-chop recipe there is.  There's more.  If you're in search of a foolproof recipe that guarantees juicy, fork-tender chops, this is it.  Be sure to try my ~ My Peachy-Keen Pork Chops & Stuffing Casserole ~ .

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos Courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2020)


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