July 01, 2015

homemade cinnamon rolls


Once in awhile everyone needs a cinnamon roll... the rich, ooey gooey icing, cinnamon and sugar... Mmmmmmmm!  I have been making these for years and they seem better each time.  If you are going to have them, homemade is the only way to go.  They are so much healthier that way, although you don't probably think of a cinnamon roll as healthy, but when you don't have all the preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils... they aren't so bad.

These are so good you will have a hard time stopping at one... don't say I didn't warn you!:)

Servings makes 12 rolls
Total Time 2+ hours

for the rolls
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast (1 envelope)
  • 1 cup warm milk (120-130 degrees F)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon course salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
for the filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
for the glaze
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk

1.  Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk, let sit for 5-6 minutes until you see it begin to "grow".

2.  Mix in the sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour.  Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted with flour.

3.  Put the dough back into the bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.

4.  Meanwhile, make the filling.  In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.  Set aside.

5.  Roll the dough out on a lightly flour surface, until it is about a 21" x 16" rectangle and 1/4" thick.

6.  Spread the butter over the surface of the dough and then sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture.

7.  Carefully roll up the dough starting at the longer edge.  Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 3/4" slices.  Place them in a greased 9"x13" baking dish, with a bit of space between each roll.

8.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.

9.  Preheat the oven 375 degrees F.

10.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

11.  Meanwhile, using a mixer, combine the icing ingredients and beat until smooth.  If needed, add additional milk to adjust the consistency.

 12. Spread the icing over the cinnamon rolls and enjoy!!!

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