Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll Whoopie Pies



I am a very paranoid person.  Worrying is probably my number one hobby, and inventing crazy situations and outcomes is easily my favorite pasttime.

However, having said this, I can recognize that a handful of my “worries” are really stretching it.

One in particular is my fear of mountain lions.

I don’t know when or why this fear started, but it was probably exacerbated by the horror stories on I Survived… in which people are torn apart and maimed by the beasts.

Mountain lions ain’t nuthin’ to mess with.

Now, let’s have ourselves a little geography lesson.  I live about 30 minutes outside of Sacramento in a smallish town (smallish being around 50K people), smack dab in the middle of a HUGE neighborhood development with miles and miles of homes surrounding me.. except on the right side.  There’s a block of houses and then this huge, spacious field of what appears to be nothingness, but where I am convinced mountain lions, trolls, rattlesnakes and gremlins reside.

I mean, one time I walked up there and saw a goat carcass.  A DEAD GOAT.  Obviously it was the work of either a mountain lion or some troll voodoo.

And one time on a regular ol’ walk with Mannie to the park, some man and his dog stopped us and started chatting me up about the neighborhood and the turkeys that frequent our local park, and somehow mountain lions came up.  This man, clearly unaware he was speaking with the World’s Most Fearful Person of Mountain Lions, decided to inform me that he has seen mountain lions (and lion cubs! (kittens? pups?)) around the area before.

Cautiously, I decided to ask the Mountain Lion Whisperer where these supposed beasts reside around these parts.  He pointed to that expansive field (where aforementioned goat carcass was found), and also mentioned they lived in trees.  It was then he pointed just above my head to the tree behind me and said, “they could be in that tree right there.”


DSC_1816ASo now, I’m basically becoming a recluse because if I am not bombarded with creepiness from Creepy Dad, I will probably be maimed by a mountain lion in a friggin’ tree.  Dammit, my luck is such crap.  It’d *almost* be funny if it weren’t me and I wasn’t the Universe’s personal freakin’ jester.

DSC_1808AUgh.  I need to smother my face with something comforting to console the fact that I live smack dab in the middle of mountain lion habitat.  Something sweet and salty.  Something chewy and crunchy.  Something like a whoopie pie, breakfastfied.  Yessssss.

Do it, or a mountain lion will eat you.


Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll Whoopie Pies
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8
These sinfully delicious cinnamon roll whoopie pies are sliced in half and stuffed with a warm maple bacon frosting. You'll love these breakfast desserts!
  • 1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls (8 count)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • About ½ - ⅔ cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  1. Preheat your oven according to package directions. Place the cinnamon rolls in a greased 8" or 9" round cake pan, spacing them evenly apart.
  2. Bake the rolls according to package directions, or until golden. Allow to cool almost completely. Resist the urge to frost them with the provided frosting right away -- leave 'em naked until I say so!
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, maple extract and milk until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the cooked and crumbled bacon to combine.
  4. Slice each cinnamon roll in half crosswise, like a bun. Place the frosting into a piping bag attached with a large round tip and pipe the frosting generously onto the bottom half of the cinnamon roll. Top off the frosted roll with the remaining half.
  5. Drizzle the whoopie pies with the provided canned frosting (heat it slightly to thin it out, if needed). Best served immediately.

DSC_1806AMy dad and brother FLIIIIPPPPED for these tasty treats!  They’re the perfect twist on sweet, cozy pancakes and crispy, sizzling bacon  — except done up in sandwich form with an irresistible maple bacon frosting and a syrupy sweet glaze atop each domed bun.  If you’re a fan of drowning your pancakes/waffles/French toast in syrup, then dunking your bacon in the excess sugary glaze, you’ll love these whoopie pies!  And of course, who wouldn’t want to eat a delicious, soft cinnamon roll whoopie pie with a crazy-good, sweet and salty maple bacon frosting for breakfast?  I know of no one.

Now excuse me, but I have to prepare my panic room for a potential mountain lion invasion.

Have a fantastic Wednesday!!

xo, Hayley


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  1. Cozy pancakes and crispy, sizzling bacon…in a Whoopie Pie? I’m there! Your wicked sweet concoctions never cease to amaze me, Hayley! Thanks for sharing! xo

  2. SERIOUSLY! I want to hug you for this recipe. This is my kind of breakfast treat.

  3. Nancy Tome Gregory says:

    Er. Mer. Gerd. GIMME!!!! 😀

  4. I’m a crazy worrier too. And now, being pregnant? It has made me the most paranoid person EVER. I think I would be content to spend the next 4 months in a hospital, hooked up to every machine possible to make sure that everything is fine.

    Luckily, with an AMAZING treat like this, I would totally forget about my troubles for a little while…at least while I’m stuffing my face! 🙂 They seriously look dangerously good!

  5. These are ruling my world. I wish you could move in with me, you can bake and I can give you sugar snap peas. I will provide you a mountain lion and creepy dad free zone. I just hope you like cats that snuggle and want to kiss.

    In all seriousness though, these look amazing, cinnamon rolls are a huge part of my childhood as my Mom would make them for a Saturday morning breakfast (alongside Saved By The Bell). This looks great, thanks!

  6. Ha! I do not think anyone could worry as much as I do. Seriously, I am the biggest worry wort!!

    Anyway, these look amazing!! Maple bacon anything is awesome, but with cinnamon rolls? YUM!

  7. Mmmmmmm meat and cake!!

  8. AHHH! mountain lions are scary and wtf is up with that dude just being all like “yepp you’re pretty much guaranteed to be eaten” (or that’s how I sum up all that business he was sayin’)?!

    you deserve these amazing breakfasty whoopie pies. As reparations for your pain and panicking.

  9. Haha, I can totally relate, well sort of. I’m convinced that we have a pack of coyotes right behind our house just waiting for me and unsuspecting Jack Russell! I’m thinking of throwling huge chunks of meet in my neighbors yard to lure them away from my house. Then I can sit back,eat these amazing whoopie pies (I’ll pick out the bacon and eat that first so they coyotes can’t smell it!)!!

  10. I would not peg you as a worrier. I see you all carefree and young and happy. I however am going to worry about not tasting these! Time to get in the kitchen!!

  11. First off are these even LEGAL!? They look so good! Second thing…that’s a “small” town? Come visit me dear. Just a few people over 5,000 in my town. Ya. It’s pathetic.

  12. OH my! I think this is a heavenly breakfast!

  13. Stories like that make me glad I live in an urban area. Although now I’m worried that there might be a pack of wolfs in the woods behind my boyfriends house… These look incredible and I want to shove those in my face. Now.

  14. I love everything you just mentioned in that last paragraph, and I so wish I was eating one of these right now. I’d love to see a mountain lion in the wild. From a distance, of course. Slumber party and stakeout? Practice your ninja moves.

  15. This looks fantastic! All the flavours! Wow!

  16. You have a fear of mountain lions while my fear is of possums. Those beady eyes freak me out. These whoopie pies would cure me of any phobia though. BACON FREAKING FROSTING?

  17. OMG that was a great story and really cheered me up (yes, it’s been a bad day). I love mountain lions but no way want to be face to face with one. The recipe looks awesome. that was my initial reason for stopping and reading but then I got caught up in that great story. 🙂

  18. Wow! You are a genius, girl 🙂

  19. Seriously? In the area? OMG. Now I’M gonna panic. 🙂

    Bring me a cinnamon roll whoopie pie. I’ll feel much better!

  20. No you did not put bacon in these…hahaha I love it!!!!!! I’m scared of mountain lions, too. No joke…I was terrified the whole time we hiked the grand canyon last year because I read up on all the possible bad scenarios that could happen to me before I went (big mistake).

  21. Seriously? Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll Whoppie Pies. Could breakfast get any better?

  22. HA! I’ll say many prayers that mountain lions stay far far away from you. I’ll simultaneously say a prayer that these whoopie pies show up on my doorstep momentarily, because they look AMAZING.

  23. You should keep a bag of these incredible whoopie pies with you at all times. When you see a mountain lion stalking you all hungry-like, throw it the whoopie pies as a distraction. Hmmm…or maybe that’ll just whet it’s appetite. Anyhoo, these need to get into mah belly right now.

  24. I’m glad there’s no mountain lions in my neck of the woods! These whoopie pies, on the other hand, need to be where I live…I’d even hunt them down! 🙂

  25. I hope you don’t ever encounter any mountain lions!! These whoopie pies look outstanding! What a great idea to add bacon to the mix too! I love dunking my bacon in syrup so I am all over this salty/sweet combo.

  26. Mountain lions in the area…bad. Whoopie pies made with cinnamon rolls…good, very good! This is what I call an awesome breakfast idea! I need them stat!!!

  27. Shannon says:

    I somehow found your site through Pinterest and first love these. Second have found someone as freaked out about mt lions as I am. I live in southeast Nebraska where they are spotted all the time. We live on the edge of the second biggest city in the state, and I refuse to go out if its dark. That said I accidentally started reading a romance book that guess what had a mt lion in it…..seriously? I was a 37 year old afraid to go into the living room, because I was convinced there was one waiting for me.
    Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Mountain lions in romance novels? Now I’ve heard everything.

      Thanks for the laugh, Shannon! And STAY SAFE!! 😉

  28. I just found your blog on Pinterest, and your recipes are crazy!

    Anyways, which suburb of Sacramento are you from? Because I’m pretty sure we’re from the same place… Is it where the prison is?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Sherri! I’m actually in the Roseville area.. but I have been to that prison you’re referring to! (And NO, not as an inmate — as a curious vistor who went to the museum and looked at the homemade shanks).


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