Cinnamon Rolls

 
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Who doesn't love cinnamon rolls?!

These are insanely easy to make. Trust me. Every time something mentions yeast, I get nervous too. But this recipe uses ingredients I know you already have and it all goes very smoothly. This recipe is based off of the one and only Cinnabon rolls as well so that's another plus.

 
 

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk lukewarm
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened, or margarine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened

Icing:

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter softened, or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
 

Directions:

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a bowl. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.

  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour and mix until well combined.

  3. Pour the yeast mixture over the flour mixture and using the dough hook, mix until well combined or until all of the flour mixture has been mixed in.

  4. Place the dough into a large greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  5. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

  6. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

  7. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approximately 16 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should be approximately 1/4 inch in thickness.

  8. Spread the 1/3 cup of butter evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with the sugar evenly over the surface of the dough.

  9. Working carefully, roll the dough longways.

  10. Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan. You can also use floss to cut into slices by sliding it under the roll and crossing on top. Place the cut rolls in the prepared pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rise for another 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  12. Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cooking time may vary, so watch closely.

  13. While the rolls are baking make the icing by mixing all the icing ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth.

  14. When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.

Recipe adapted from this book.