Friday, June 8, 2007

Cinnamon Rolls

I made homemade cinnamon rolls the other day and thought someone may like the recipe. They taste just like Cinnabon - even the icing. I took some pics, hope someone out there tries this recipe!

1 c warm water
2 pkg active dry yeast
2/3 plus 1 tsp granulated sugar, divided
1 c warmed milk
2/3 c butter, melted
2 tsp salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
7-8 c all-purpose flour (or more if needed)

1 c melted butter, divided
1 3/4 c granulated sugar, divided
3 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c chopped walnuts, optional
1 1/2 c raisins, optional

In a small bowl, mix together warm water, yeast, and 1 tsp sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, mix milk, remaining 2/3 c sugar, melted butter, salt, and eggs; stir well and add yeast mixture. Add half the flour and beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour until dough is slightly stiff (dough will be sticky).

Turn out onto a well-floured board: knead 5-10 minutes. Place in a well-buttered glass or plastic bowl, cover and let rise in warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

When doubled, punch down dough and let rest 5 minutes. Roll out on floured surface into a 15X20" rectangle.

To prepare filling: spread dough with 1/2 cup melted butter. Mix together 1 1/2 cups sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts and/or raisins, if desired.

Roll up jellyroll fashion and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12-15 slices (I use my electric knife).

Coat bottom of a 9X13" baking pan AND an 8" square pan with remaining 1/2 cup melted butter, then sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in pans. Let rise in warm place until dough is doubled in bulk - about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350*. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until rolls are nicely browned. Cool rolls slightly.

The key to this is whipping it up for at LEAST 12 minutes.
8 oz butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese together. Slowly add in all powdered sugar. once all of the sugar is in the bowl, mix for at least 12 minutes. When almost done, add the lemon juice and vanilla extract.


Michelle said...

You have literally made my mouth water! Those look delicious.

Homeschooling Momma said...

They really taste just like the ones at Cinnabon, especially with this icing! Oooh, it's dessert time!