Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is a big day around the Christian household. Not that we are big saps or anything. It's just a fun holiday in the middle of what is usually a quiet time of year for us. This year, Jonathan is the one that has really gotten into it, making his cards over a week in advance. I, on the other hand, didn't finish mine till this morning. Even Anah got in on the fun by sticking on stickers to red hearts that Janna cut out for her. As usual, my favorite thing to do is to bake heart-shaped treats. This year's experiment were these heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. I usually shy away from yeast doughs that need to be rolled, but for the sake of my husband, I decided to be brave and give it a try. Here's how they ended up, sans frosting (so you can see the heart shape).

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Aren't they cute? This dough was actually very lovely to work with. I actually hand-kneaded it myself instead of using the mixer. It rolled out beautifully without bouncing back and they shaped up pretty decently. Here's a tip: instead of slicing the shaped rolls with a knife, I used dental floss. Slide the floss underneath the dough to cut off a 1" piece. Cross the floss (don't actually tie it though) and pull. The floss then cuts the dough for you without smashing the roll. It works great! I think the next time I make them (because this dough was so nice to work with!), I may just do these as regular cinnamon rolls. But the heart shapes are cute though, eh? I think I would recommend really pinching the tips to make it more pointy. My kids thought they looked more like smiley faces than hearts. Oh well. They tasted good and that's what counts.

I got the recipe at Pinch My Salt, but they do not have a print out version of the recipe. They do have great photos though. So instead of copying everything on the site, I just have the recipe in PDF form (which they don't have). Click here for the recipe! Heart Cinnamon Rolls

Hope you have fun trying it out...maybe I'll have to do my own step by step recipe some day, but I may never get to it, so this will have to do for now. And as my son remarked, any day is a good day to let someone know that you love them. So even if it is after Valentine's Day, go ahead and make someone's day! Enjoy!