Though its been awhile since my last cinnamon roll post, never fear: I have not given up the search. If you’ve been following along with the blog, you know that I’m on the hunt for the Best Local Cinnamon Rolls. For this post I ventured a little further to Heck’s Tavern on the campus of Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, CO.
I suppose for any comparison to be fair, there need to be guidelines. So here are my top priorities when sampling cinnamon rolls:
- Is it warm?
- Is there a good cinnamon to bread ratio?
- Is the bottom burnt?
- Is the outside overcooked?
- Is the center still gooey?
- Is the icing cream cheese based?
Heck’s Tavern Cinnamon Roll
Location: 3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash, CO 80478
Known for: A cozy, rustic, lodge restaurant at the heart of Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
Cinnamon Roll Grade: A
I really enjoyed this cinnamon roll. It featured a twist to the traditional cinnamon roll, upping the ante with maple bourbon cream cheese icing. The fact that it also came in a hot cast iron skillet (undoubtedly baked in the skillet) was an added bonus as it kept my cinnamon roll warm for my entire breakfast. The cooking in the skillet also prevented the outside from becoming overcooked and I found the entire roll to be evenly baked and the perfect amount of cooked and gooey.
I only ate half of this roll at breakfast, but enjoyed the rest after our afternoon snowshoeing adventure and it was just as good at room temperature as it was warm. I say this fact alone solidifies my “A” grade and I hope to have the chance to eat it again!