This post is sponsored and while it was sponsored, all ideas and content are all my own.
These mini maple bacon rolls are both filled and topped with maple filling and crispy bacon. Perfect for a nice family breakfast together!
When most people think of fall food, I know they automatically think of two things – apples and pumpkin. I on the other hand just think of good ole comfort food all around. A couple of years ago I shared a recipe for mini pumpkin cinnamon rolls and while they are absolutely delicious, my son doesn’t like pumpkin. Doesn’t like any vegetables or anything good for him for that matter. He did, however, like the mini part of them. One thing he does love is bacon, which should be a given because really who doesn’t like bacon? Anyway, I thought it was worth a shot using bacon on a mini roll to see if he’d eat them.
And these mini maple bacon rolls were the result. And they are amazing and addicting and the perfect bite of comfort food and fall all wrapped up in one, okay two, bites.
Why go through all the trouble of making specific things that I know my toddler will like? I’ve found that it’s much easier to get him to sit at the table with us for breakfast (or dinner) if he’s eating something that he likes, not just sitting there watching as we eat. I know he’s young, but I think it’s really important to be eating family meals together already to start a good routine as he gets older. And eating meals as a family has been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children as well doing other great things like fighting obesity and substance abuse, and making families stronger.
The best thing about these maple bacon rolls, other than being amazingly delicious of course, is that they are so easy to make. If your bacon is already cooked, they can be done in less than 20 minutes. And they’re perfect for kids like mine who like mini things or for breakfast for your family, or to take to share at a brunch or baby shower. Serve them up with some eggs and fresh fruit and you have yourself the perfect family meal.
To cook the bacon, I just put individual slices on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and cooked it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees and ended up with perfectly crispy bacon, which is what you want for these rolls.
While the bacon is cooking, make the maple filling. Then comes the fun part – open a package of refrigerated crescent rolls and lay them out in one long rectangle. Press all of the seams together to create one big rectangle without any breaks. Cover the rectangle with the filling, leaving about 1/2 inch around all of the sides so the filling doesn’t ooze out when you roll it up.
Once your bacon is cooked, cut it or crumble it by hand. Top the maple filling with pieces of crumbled bacon then roll that baby up from the long side, trying to keep it as tight as possible. Once it’s rolled up, take a piece of floss and wrap it around a one inch segment from the end, crossing the piece of floss at the top, which will actually cut the roll out for you. Take that roll and put it into a mini muffin tin that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees and out will come sweet and salty bite-sized goodness.
Oh my goodness, you guys. I wish you could smell these things coming out of the oven. I was originally just experimenting with the recipe but as soon as I smelled them straight out of the oven, I knew they were a winner.
You can either leave them like that or you can top them with a maple glaze and some crispy bacon for just an added punch of flavor. Either way is still delicious. Serve them hot right out of the oven or serve them chilled once the glaze has had some time to cool down and again. I actually prefer them on day two after the glaze has had a chance to chill and soak in the bacon flavor but you do what works best for your family.
Mini Maple Bacon Rolls
FOR THE ROLLS
- 2 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
- 4 oz cream cheese , softened
- 3 T pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 6 slices Hormel BLACK LABEL® Bacon , cooked and crumbled
FOR THE GLAZE
- 4 oz cream cheese , softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 T pure maple syrup
- 2 slices Hormel BLACK LABEL® Bacon , cooked and crumbled
FOR THE ROLLS
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place slices of bacon on parchment paper in one single layer, making sure they are not touching.
- Cook bacon in oven for 15-20 minutes or until reaches desired crispiness (time will depend on how hot your oven cooks).
- While bacon is cooking, mix cream cheese, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon together until well combined.
- Unroll one package of crescent rolls and lay down to form one long rectangle. Pinch seams together on one side then flip over to pinch seams together on the other. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to make sure seams are closed.
- Cover the rolled out dough with half of the maple mixture, leaving about 1/2 inch around the edges.
- Once the bacon is done, crumble bacon on top of the maple mixture.
- Starting at the long side, roll the dough up into a long log.
- Cut the rolls (recommend using dental floss to cut) into about 1/2 inch rolls and place each into a mini muffin tin that's been sprayed with non-stick spray. This should give you approximately 18 rolls depending on size.
- Repeat with the other crescent rolls and other half of the maple mixture and bacon.
- Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browning on top and dough is cooked.
- Remove from muffin tin to cool for a few minutes.
FOR THE GLAZE
- Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Top warm rolls with glaze and more crumbled bacon.