Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Who doesn't love a good cinnamon roll? While they're good out of that Pillsbury can, they're even better when made from scratch... and they're not as hard to make as you would think! These cinnamon rolls give Cinnabon a run for their money - let me know what you think!
- 1 packet of instant dry yeast
- 1 cup of warm milk (100-110 degrees)
- 1 teaspoon, 1/2 cup, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup of margarine
- 2 room temperature eggs
- 4.5 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 2.5 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 stick of butter
STEP ONE: Heat your oven to 200 degrees and then turn it off when it reaches the temp (don't skip this step even though it sounds silly!)
STEP TWO: Mix gently 1/4 cup of the warm milk with 1 teaspoon of sugar and the packet of instant dry yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to activate
STEP THREE: In a separate bowl, mix the 1/3 cup of margarine butter with the 2 room temperature eggs. Add in the other 3/4 cup of warm milk.
STEP FOUR: In another bowl, mix the 4.5 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
STEP FIVE: Mix the flour mixture and butter mixture together. When combined, add to the yeast mixture and knead together. You can also do this with the dough mixer attachment.
STEP SIX: When mixed, add the dough to a bowl and place it in the warmed, turned off oven with a damp towel over the bowl. Let the dough sit in the oven for one hour until the dough doubles in size.
STEP SEVEN: After one hour, roll out the dough on a floured surface into a square.
STEP EIGHT: Mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2.5 tablespoons of cinnamon, and 1 stick of melted butter.
STEP NINE: Put the mixture on the rolled dough leaving a 1/4 inch border around the edges.
STEP TEN: Roll the dough up tightly and cut into 12 equal pieces. Place the rolls into a greased pan (I usually use parchment paper for an easier cleanup).
STEP ELEVEN: You can now either place them in the fridge overnight for the next morning or place them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pound of powdered sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese optional
- milk (just eyeball until you reach the correct consistency!)
Mix all the ingredients together with a mixer. If icing is too thick, add more milk to thin it out to your desired consistency. Pour over the cinnamon rolls while they're still hot.