Cinnamon Christmas Tree


Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, you never looked so good!

Skill: Intermediate Prep Time: 15 Bake Time: 15-20 Servings: 8



Ingredients:

12 Rhodes Dinner™ Rolls or 8 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls, thawed and risen
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup almonds, sliced
8 maraschino cherries

Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 teaspoons milk or water


Directions:

Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine rolls into a ball and roll into a 12x 18-inch rectangle. Spread with 1/3 cup butter, sprinkle on cinnamon and brown sugar. Fold 12-inch sides in to make a triangle, overlapping edges. Leave 1-inch uncovered along bottom. Cut off bottom inch of dough and roll as a cinnamon roll to use for tree trunk.

Place tree on sprayed cookie sheet and position trunk under bottom of tree. Using a clean ruler, mark branches every 1 1/2-inches and cut with scissors or pizza cutter. Twist each branch several times and curve upward. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise for 40 minutes or until double in size.

Remove wrap. Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Frost while still warm; sprinkle with almonds and decorate with maraschino cherries.

FROSTING
Combine powdered sugar, milk, butter and vanilla. For thinner frosting, add additional milk or water.