This recipe comes from one of Grandma’s sisters, and it’s a little bit different. I’m putting it under the usual headings, but I’m also putting it under the Retro Oddities heading because of one special ingredient. Ice cream. You heard me. Weird, but it works. Oh man, does it work. These Carmel Rolls are perfect for the holiday weekend – perfect if you’re the host or hostess and perfect if you’re the guest. They seem to be a forerunner of monkey bread where there are small pieces of dough covered in caramel and cinnamon/sugar goodness that everyone can pull apart and enjoy together. These are so good that there might be some issues with snitching of each others’ rolls. Kids would love to help make AND eat these rolls. I have to believe they won’t last long.
These rolls are so good!
Here is the recipe as I made it:
3 tubes of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces (I used “Pillsbury Grands” biscuits and cut them into 6 because they are larger biscuits).
Roll each biscuit piece in a cinnamon/sugar mixture and put into a buttered 9″ x 13″ baking pan (for cinnamon/sugar mixture I used 9 spoons of sugar and 3 spoons of cinnamon – it really doesn’t have to be an exact measurement).
Melt in saucepan:
1 stick margarine (I used butter)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Melt (do not boil) and pour over top of dough pieces.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
It doesn’t say to do this, but next time I would flip these rolls onto a baking sheet for serving. Then the caramel would run down into the rolls more. I took this pan to a friend’s house, we just scooped out the rolls and the caramel was puddled in the bottom of the pan.
Cutting the biscuits into pieces is really easy and so is rolling them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. These are, overall, REALLY easy to make.
I used a foil pan that was smaller than a 9″ x 13″ pan so I didn’t use as many biscuits – 2 tubes instead of the 3 I bought to use in this recipe.
It is a bit unusual to use ice cream in a recipe for caramel. I’ve never heard that one before, but look what a pretty caramel it made!
If the pan had been a regular 9″ x 13″ pan, it would have been a bit taller and I could have put more biscuit pieces in. There was plenty of caramel when poured over the top.
The rolls come out of the oven golden and crusty and smelling divine!
They aren’t the regular shape of a caramel roll, but who cares?! This is the shape they’re supposed to be, and they taste just like caramel rolls – ice cream and all!
These are so much fun to make – kids would like helping with this recipe!
Yes – these rolls are a little quirky and a little unique, but they are perfect for this upcoming weekend. So sticky, so sweet, so good, so ridiculously easy to make! Make a batch to bring or serve at your weekend gathering. Better yet, make two pans – they will NOT last long! Just bake them, flip them, and let the fun begin! Dig in, everyone!