Sep 12, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls.... :D

I happen to love a good cinnamon roll. They're a heaven unto themselves. Biting into one fresh from the oven could be one of my favorite experiences. Ooey gooey cinnamony deliciousness. I have multiple recipes for amazing cinnamon rolls, they're all amazing in their own right but I'm only going to share one with you today. Here it comes!

Cinnabon cinnamon rolls- yeild 12

1 cup warm milk (make sure it's WARM not HOT. HOT will kill your yeast)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour (I usually just use all purpose flour)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast (bread machine yeast, if using a bread machine)

1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Activate your yeast in the warm milk and half of the sugar, let sit for about 5 minutes until nice and bubbly. Sift dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Add margarine to milk mixture, and add to dry ingredients. Mix well then cover and let sit for about an hour. Dough will be sticky and wet this is what you want, don't add a bunch of extra flour, it will make your rolls tough. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. This will be paste-like, that makes it easier to put onto the dough, and also makes sure it's evenly spread around.

Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Press cinnamon mixture around on dough, leaving at least a half inch edge. If you go all the way to the edge when you roll the dough will not stick to itself. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

If you want these to be REALLY cinnabon like, turn them out onto a plate and let all of the delicious cinnamon mixture run over the tops. Then frost.

Onto the pictures!


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