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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
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