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homemade cinnamon rolls with icing

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Warm, gooey cinnamon rolls bursting with cinnamon flavor.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 57 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 15 rolls

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 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

Filling

  • 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

Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons butter (salted) melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-6 tablespoons HOT water

Instructions
 

Dough

  • 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).
    homemade cinnamon rolls dough ball in glass bowl
  • Place the dough onto a well-flour counter top. For 7-10 minutes, knead the dough.
    homemade cinnamon rolls dough rolled out onto countertop for kneading
  • 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.
    homemade cinnamon rolls dough rising on heating pad
  • When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and then let it rest for 5 minutes.
    homemade cinnamon rolls risen dough
  • Mark an area into a 15x20 inch rectangle. We use pieces of sticky notes.
    homemade cinnamon rolls edges for 15x20
  • Flour the 15x20 inch area and roll out the dough.

Filling

  • 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.
    homemade cinnamon rolls dough sheet topped with cinnamon and sugar
  • 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.
    homemade cinnamon rolls swirl dough
  • 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.
    homemade cinnamon rolls rising in baking dish
  • 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.
    homemade cinnamon rolls done

Glaze

  • 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!
    homemade cinnamon rolls bite on fork
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