Do you love gooey, warm homemade cinnamon rolls? If so, then you have come to the right place. We have the recipe for you that dreams are made of! We had a friend give us this recipe and we have spent quite a bit of time tweaking it and finally got it to where it is absolutely perfect! At least we think it is perfect. Any recipe that involves cinnamon, Sydney has to tweak some. She truly loves cinnamon sweets more than any other sweets and always has to tweak these recipes more than other ones. 🙂
Your House Will Smell Amazing!
My favorite time to bake these homemade cinnamon rolls is in the winter. They make your house smell so yummy with their cinnamon goodness. There is just something special about it being really cold outside and I am in the cinnamon-smelling, roasty, toasty kitchen. This is one of those recipes where it is really hard to wait for them to be finished baking so you can eat one…or two. 🙂
There is some rising and resting times involved in this recipe. To help the dough rise, we like to set the covered bowl of dough on a heating pad set on the middle setting. We have found this to be very effective in helping the dough to rise. Just a little helpful tip for you.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- 2 pkgs active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar in addition to the 1 teaspoon
- 2/3 cup butter (salted) melted
- 1 cup milk warmed
- 2 extra large eggs slightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 7 cups all purpose flour less/more if needed
- 3 cups light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar in addition to the 1/2 cup
- 3 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup butter (salted) softened, divided
- 4 tablespoons butter (salted) melted
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-6 tablespoons HOT water
- Mix together the yeast, warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl mix the 2/3 cup sugar, melted butter, warmed milk, eggs and salt. Mix well. Add in the yeast mixture that was set aside earlier.
- Next, add half the flour and beat until smooth. For the remaining half of the flour stir in just enough until the dough is slightly stiff (it will be sticky).
- Place the dough onto a well-flour counter top. For 7-10 minutes, knead the dough.
- Place the dough in a well-buttered glass or plastic bowl. Cover the bowl and let rise in a warm place (we place a heating pad under the bowl, set on the middle setting). Let set for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
- When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and then let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Mark an area into a 15x20 inch rectangle. We use pieces of sticky notes.
- Flour the 15x20 inch area and roll out the dough.
- Spread the dough with 1/2 cup of the softened butter. Mix together the brown sugar, 1/2 cup of the white sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this over the buttered dough.
- Next, roll up in a jelly-roll fashion and pinch the edge together to seal it. Cut into even slices with a serrated knife. Depending on how tight the log is pulled, you can get anywhere from 12-17 rolls.
- Coat the bottom of a 13x9 inch and an 8 inch square pan with the remaining melted butter. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup white sugar.
- Place the sliced cinnamon rolls close together in the pans. Let the rolls rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes or until the rolls have doubled in bulk.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cinnamon rolls are nicely browned. Cool the cinnamon rolls for 10-15 minutes.
- In a medium size bowl mix the melted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Add in the hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches the desired thickness. Drizzle over the cinnamon rolls.
- And now...you are able to sit down and enjoy!
Glaze is one of those things that some people like more and some like less. You can adjust the glaze portion of this recipe for more or less depending on your own personal tastes.
You can see all the gooey cinnamon in the middle of this cinnamon roll. It is pure heaven! 🙂 Our family eats these for dessert at night, but these would be wonderful in the morning also.
The next time it is really cold outside and you have a little bit of free time you seriously must give these homemade cinnamon rolls a try. We promise that you will not be sorry you did and neither will your family!
Have a great day and enjoy the start of 2019. What better way to bring it in than with some delicious food? 🙂