Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free!): Richard Gere’s Cinnamon Rolls

11/25/2013 at 04:47 PM ET

Hungry Girl Richard Gere Healthy Cinnamon Roll Recipe
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating.

She is also the author of eight Hungry Girl cookbooks, five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

You might know him as an officer and a gentleman, but how about as the co-owner of a bed and breakfast in New York? And the word on the street is that the must-have treats at Richard Gere‘s Bedford Post Inn are the famous Cinnamon Rolls

I like that RG’s recipe takes a time-saving shortcut by calling for pre-made biscuit dough, but I’m going to save you time and fat grams. The trick: I use Pillsbury’s Reduced-Fat Crescent rolls, so it’s better for you than regular pastry dough.

Factor in my special cinnamon-sugar filling, and you’ve got a smart little pastry you can feel good about eating first thing in the morning. Or late at night. Or both!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing! 

HG’s Slimmed-Down Cinnamon Rolls 
Serves 8

¼ cup brown sugar (not packed)
¼ cup granulated white sugar
1½ tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread, room temperature
1½ tsp. cinnamon
⅛ tsp. salt
1 package refrigerated reduced-fat crescent dough (seamless sheet)

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

2. In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, white sugar, butter, cinnamon and salt until uniform.

3. Unroll dough on a dry surface and roll or stretch into a large rectangle of even thickness.

4. Evenly distribute filling onto dough, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Tightly roll up dough into a log, pinching the long seam to seal.

5. Turn log so the seam side is down. Cut widthwise into 8 equally sized rolls and lay rolls on the baking sheet, swirl sides up.

6. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. (Don’t worry if the filling oozes out a bit!)

In 1 cinnamon roll: 135 calories, 4g fat, 270mg sodium, 23g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 13g sugars, 1.5g protein

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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vamanos on

Yum. I’m going to make these with Pillsbury gluten free dough🙂

Pettersen on

I luv Richard Gere but his buns (lol no pun intended) need more gooey dripping cinnamon and creamy white glaze topping