Savannah Smiles XXX-treme Cinnamon Rolls: Girl Scout Cookie Showdown

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What better use for an extra case of Girl Scout cookies than a Chow Bella Showdown? In years past we've challenged our contributors to make something delicious out of Thin Mints and Trefoils. This time: Savannah Smiles. Stay tuned for more recipes and a decision from our "judge," web editor Eric Tsetsi.

Okay, I'll be the first one to admit that there isn't anything "XXX" or extreme about these cinnamon rolls. Unless you consider spending almost six hours on one batch of cinnamon rolls obscene or extreme.

That's right, I spent six freakin' hours making cinnamon rolls. SIX HOURS!

Most of that time was spent waiting for things to rise, but six hours of waiting around sucks. And since I spent so much time waiting to get a "rise" out of these suckers, I figured I should throw the "XXX" in (and let's not forget about a certain porn star that used Savannah as her, ahem, "stage" name).

Moving on. When I first acquired my box of super sweet lemon cookies, I immediately thought about making tarts. Lemon tarts with a cookie crust would be the easiest idea. Or maybe lemon bars? Or, maybe, I could just make things really difficult on myself and make cinnamon rolls from scratch?

I love a challenge (and I needed the practice for my baking class), so I took the difficult route (duh).

And, if I do say so myself, they turned out pretty good for my first try even if they were a little dried out by the time our meeting rolled around. I was a little worried about the cinnamon and lemon combo, but in the end, I feel that the spice complimented the light citrus flavor.

Plus, a good helping of cream cheese icing can save pretty much anything.

Got a bunch of free time on your hands? Get out the Kitchen Aid and make your own.

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