Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls

I have always had horrible luck with cinnamon rolls.  Always.

I am not sure what it is, but every recipe I ever tried never turned out.  No matter what I did, my cinnamon roll dough never seemed to rise properly, if at all!  My yeast was always fine, because I could make bread or other dough perfectly fine, but anytime I would try making cinnamon rolls...nothing.

I made 3 different batches of cinnamon rolls over the past 2 days, using various recipe tweaks and it was only on my final attempt that things worked out beautifully!

They rose wonderfully, and are simply delicious...though, I believe the cream cheese frosting makes them superb!

Cinnamon Rolls


2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c. scalded milk
1/2 c. shortening
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
5 c. flour


1/2 c. butter (melted)
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
3 tsp cinnamon


1/2 c. butter
2 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar


In a small bowl, combine the yeast and water along with a pinch of sugar and allow it to rise for about 10-15 minutes.

In a separate large bowl, combine the milk, shortening, sugar, and salt, mixing well, and allowing the mixture to cool until it is warm (not hot).  Add 2 cups of the flour to the mixture and thoroughly combine.  Then beat in the eggs thoroughly.  Now add the yeast and mix thoroughly.  Stir in the remaining flour (adding up to an additional half cup if needed) and stir until dough is sticky.

Allow the dough to rise until double in size (about an hour).  Punch down, then roll out to a 1/4" thickness.

Mix the melted butter, sugars and cinnamon and spread evenly on the rolled dough.

Roll the dough from the long edge into a cylinder.  Cut into 1 3/4" slices and place in a greased baking pan (do not crowd the pan).  Allow the rolls to rise until double in size.

Preheat oven to 375.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Make the frosting by mixing all the ingredients with an electric hand mixer until smooth and creamy.  Ice the rolls when they have started to cool from the oven.


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