Oh my gosh ya’ll!!! These are the bomb dot com!
I have decided I need to start making these on a monthly basis. Remember how I said I wanted to start moving my family toward more real, healthy food living? Yeah……this isn’t it. This is more of a yummy melt in your mouth splurge for special occasions. Howbeit, I DO know all the ingredients that I put in them so that is a plus as compared to anything you can buy ready made! Score for me! The recipe for the cinnamon rolls comes from a blog I have been reading for years now-Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. I didn’t realize until later that her recipe had a cream cheese frosting recipe at the bottom so I had already rummaged through my recipe binder that I made up years ago and found a luicious one! Unfortunately I don’t have a link to the actual recipe as I don’t know exactly where it came from.
So….you wanna see how to make them yourself???
First we gotta make that yummy filling…just mix 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon together and set aside.
Next, the dough. Since this is a yeast based dough we need to get the yeast going. In a small bowl, stir together 2 (0.25 oz) pkgs active dry yeast, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 cup warm water. Set it aside to bubble and grow.
Now, in a large bowl or the bowl for a stand mixer, mix together 1 cup warm milk, 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup melted butter, 2 tsp salt, and 2 slightly beaten eggs. Make sure that is all combined then add in the yeast mixture and 4 cups of all purpose flour. Beat until smooth. At this point the recipe says to stir in enough flour to form a slightly stiff dough. I find I can add about 1-2 more cups of flour for my stand mixer to mix in before the dough starts climbing the dough hook and hitting the under side of my mixer. So I go ahead and put it on a floured surface and knead in another cup or so of flour. I ended up mixing in 7 cups of flour into these rolls. Once all the flour was incorporated, I just kept kneading the dough until it all came together and was nice and smooth and not very sticky.
Place the dough into a large greased bowl, cover, and allot to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. I let it go the full 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down the dough and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Roll dough out onto a floured surface. The recipe says a 15″ x 20″ rectangle. I just winged it and went with a rectangle shape. I don’t know what size it ended up being. 🙂
Brush 1/2 cup melted butter over dough then sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over dough. You can then sprinkle some nuts evenly over the dough if you want. We just don’t care for nuts in them so I leave them out.
Tightly roll up the dough and pinch the edges together to seal. I found if I took just a little butter on my finger and rubbed it on the seam, it seemed to help keep it together some.
Next you cut the rolls. I just eye balled it and used a serrated knife to cut them. I think I ended up cutting them about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick.
Coat the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ baking pan with 1/2 cup melted butter; sprinkle 1/3 cup sugar evenly in the bottom of the pan. I think we have now used a full box of stick butter! I told you these weren’t on the healthy-eat everyday-list! 🙂 Also, I used 2 disposable aluminum pans to bake mine so the pans may not have been quite 13×9 but it worked!
Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan, cover it and allow to rise in a warm place for another 45 minutes or so. The suspense is killing me at this point!
Bake the rolls in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. I found mine needed a little longer so I just keep adding 5 minutes to the timer and checking them until I felt like they were golden brown enough.
Once they are cooled…if you can keep your hands off of them, they are ready to frost with some yummy cream cheese frosting!
In a bowl mix together a 8oz block of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1 Tbsp milk. Mix it all up until there are no more lumps and then just pour all that loveliness over those rolls!
It is a match made in heaven! I enlarged the picture below just to show all the awesomeness of these things! 🙂
Now all that is left to do is DIG IN!!!