Monday, December 24, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls


I realize it's Christmas Eve and you probably have a million and a half things going on, but I thought I could try to squeeze one more recipe in. Cinnamon rolls. I know, so irresistible. They're basically a Christmas-morning must.


These are the tastiest, gooiest cinnamon rolls I've ever had! They make exactly 12 cinnamon rolls, so it's not like you have cinnamon rolls coming out of your ears. And if you want to make them today and have them ready tomorrow morning, all you have to do is roll them up, cut them, put them in the pan, and let them rise overnight in the fridge; just take them out tomorrow morning to bake. Easy peasy!


Cinnamon Rolls

1/4 cup low-fat milk
2 T. + 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 T. butter or margarine
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
3/4 cups warm water
3-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
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1/2  stick (1/4 cup) butter, softened
1 T cinnamon
2 T. white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
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1 stick butter
3 1/2 - 4 cups powdered sugar
3-4 T. milk
1 T. vanilla

To make the dough, mix together the milk, sugar, salt, and margarine over medium low heat on the stove until the butter's melted and everything's combined. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the yeast and warm water. Add in the warm/cooled milk mixture. Mix together. Add in the flour. Let rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll into a 12 inch x 15 inch rectangle. Spread with the softened butter. Mix together the cinnamon, white sugar, and brown sugar and sprinkle over the butter, leaving about 1/2 inch of dough on the sides. Roll over the sugar mixture with a rolling pin so that it's packed well and sticks down. Roll the rectangle up the long, 15 inch side. Cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. I use to floss technique.

Melt 1-2 T. butter. Pour into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Evenly place the cinnamon rolls in the pan. Let rise for 45 more minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375ยบ. Bake the rolls for 15-17 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Frost warm.

To make the frosting, mix together the butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. If you want the frosting thinner, just add more milk, but I like mine to be thick. This recipe makes a lot of frosting, so if you hold back when it comes to frosting cinnamon rolls, go ahead and half the recipe.

Makes 1 dozen cinnamon rolls


Have a very merry Christmas!

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