Happy Day, Happy Man

My dad is one of my favorite people in the world.


He is always – yes, I mean always – in a good mood. I’m not sure how that’s even humanly possible, but my pappa has somehow found the secret to happiness. A few reasons I love him:

He loves UVa as much as I do.


He does cool things – like SWIM WITH DOLPHINS.


He’s a sharp dresser (& obviously my style icon)


In addition to some sweet style advice, my dad has passed on to me a very important passion – a love for birthdays! Every year when January 19 rolls around, my dad gets as giddy as a small child on Christmas. He looooves his birthday. When my parents decided to come to Cville for a belated birthday celebration, I knew I had to make him something extra special.


Due to scheduling conflicts with busy family members, we decided to have a potluck-style tailgate birthday bash before an early afternoon basketball game. Having to shift the celebration to an earlier hour forced me to be a bit creative with my culinary contribution (I know I knowww, I’d be perfectly content eating a cake covered with buttercream frosting for breakfast, too. For some reason I feel like the rest of my family would not have been too keen on this idea…)


I realized I could make a dish that was equal parts fun, sweet, and covered in sprinkles while still sticking with the breakfast theme! Enter cinnamon roll lollipops with vanilla dipping sauce.


These were delicious, adorable, and incredibly simple to put together. They are perfect for all birthday parties – no matter what age the birthday boy is celebrating! 🙂


Cinnamon Roll Lollipops

Source: Meaghan’s Own

Yields: 18 pops


1 seamless crescent roll dough (you can use the pre-sliced variety, you will just need to pinch the slits closed to form one continuous piece of dough)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spray with nonstick spray.

2. Unroll the crescent dough. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter onto the dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon on top.

3. The dough will be a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in half to form two equal sized squares. Roll each square into a very tight pinwheel. (This step was added to make the rolling process more manageable.)

4. Slice each log into 9 mini cinnamon rolls. Insert a popsicle stick into the seam of each roll to ensure it stays together in the baking process.

5. Place lollipops on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Vanilla Dipping Sauce


2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

powdered sugar – 3/4 to 1 full cup, depending on desired consistency and sweetness

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk


1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Feel free to add more powdered sugar (for a thicker sauce) or more milk (for a thinner sauce)

2. Transfer to serving bowl and top with sprinkles, if desired. Pair with lollipops and enjoy!


Happy Birthday, Daddio!


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