I’ve had the privilege of previewing (i.e., savoring every tender bite of) a new line of frozen dough products that will soon be available from Alison’s Pantry under their own label. So far, I have tried chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls, raspberry and orange rolls. Every one is truly delicious. The standout feature though, is their semblance to homemade counterparts. My typical complaint about frozen dough from the grocery store, especially cookie dough, is the greasy texture of the product. For this reason, I almost never buy refrigerated cookie dough even if it’s a ridiculously good bargain. The AP chocolate chip cookies are loaded with both semisweet and milk chocolate chips and are a little larger than store brands. They bake up slightly crisp on the outside and soft when you bite into them (which I love), with a very homemade, non-greasy appearance. They are of course delicious with a tall glass of cold milk, but I think this is my favorite way to enjoy them:
My family loves homemade cinnamon and orange rolls, and I love to make them. However, like I mentioned above, I don’t like the greasy, trans-fat-filled tubes of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough at the grocery store, so cinnamon rolls are usually holiday fare at our house. Like the cookie dough, the new frozen sweet rolls from Alison’s Pantry also have that homemade taste and texture. They are full of sweet and spicy filling, and have a tender dough that isn’t overly sweet. These take about 6 hours to thaw and proof, so a little forethought is necessary, but there is no work or mess which makes them perfect for an effortless breakfast or brunch for a group (or a family).
All of the rolls are delicious with or without icing, but my family likes frosting so we would likely add it. You can also make speedy Pecan Sticky Buns by sprinkling pecans in the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan and pouring a simple butter and brown sugar caramel sauce over the top. Then place the frozen cinnamon rolls over the mixture to proof. After baking, invert the pan onto a large baking sheet for a gooey delight.