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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls

I've been wanting to make homemade cinnamon rolls for awhile and I finally found the time to do it yesterday. I refrigerated them overnight and then baked them this morning (afternoon!) when we woke up. They came out really well despite the problems I had with the dough. The recipe says that the dough will be really sticky, but I had to add a lot more flour to the dough after it rose on the counter so that I could work with it (I even added flour when I was mixing it). Next time I will just add even more flour to the bowl so I don't have to deal with sticky dough all over the counter! I also omitted the cranberries and made the glaze a little differently.

Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted from Good Things Catered (who got the recipe from the Gourmet cookbook) - I omitted the cranberry steps and glaze that were originally in the recipe


For dough:
1/2 cup warm water (105–115°F)
2 (1/4-oz) packages active dry yeast (5 teaspoons)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm milk
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

For filling:
2/3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze (is my own combination):
2 cups powdered sugar
Approximately 8 teaspoons milk (add more if glaze is too thick)
2 teaspoons vanilla

-In bowl of large stand mixer, stir together warm water, yeast, and a pinch of the sugar and let stand until foamy, about 5-10 minutes. (If mixture doesn't foam, discard and start over.)
-Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl, combine 5 cups flour, salt, and remaining sugar and whisk to combine; set aside
-In small bowl, combine milk and eggs.
-With mixer and dough hook on low speed, add milk and egg mixture then slowly add flour mixture, stirring to combine.
-Beat at medium speed until a very soft dough forms, about 2 minutes.
-Add butter and continue beating at medium speed until dough is smooth, soft, and elastic (adding more milk or flour to achieve good consistency if needed), about 4 minutes (it will be quite sticky).
-Add dough to large oiled bowl and tightly with plastic wrap.
-Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
-Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and dust with flour, then roll out into a 16-inch square.
-Stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and 2/3 c. granulated sugar and sprinkle evenly over dough.
-Beginning with side nearest you, roll up dough, firmly but not tightly, into a log, then pinch seam to seal.
-Trim 1 inch off each end with a large knife and discard, then cut log crosswise into 12 slices.
-Arrange slices, cut sides up, into prepared 9x13 pan, spacing evenly as they will bulk up.
-Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight to rise (you can also just let rise at room temp until doubled in bulk about 1 -1 1/2 hours).
-In morning, remove rolls from fridge and preheat oven to 350 degrees while they comes to room temperature.
-Bake rolls in lower third of oven until puffed and golden, 30 to 35 minutes, then cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes.
-Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk with a fork until smooth.
-Drizzle over buns while still relatively hot.
-Serve buns warm or at room temperature.Pin It


  1. What a wonderful, comforting breakfast for a lazy weekend day!

  2. Sundays with fresh cinnamon rolls sounds like a great end to the weekend! Yum!

  3. I'm glad it turned out for you! They look delicious! I love your menu at the top of the site, too! :)

  4. oh yum! how funny - my mom made cinnamon rolls sunday too but they were the frozen kind haha! i felt guilty (trying to lose a couple pounds) so i made her leave icing off of one for me to save some calories hahah i'm so weird.

  5. I have also made these from Katie's blog (only I did do the cranberries.) I think they might be my favorite cinnamon rolls!

  6. i just love your blog and i can't wait to make this one lazy weekend morning! here's an award for all of your yummy effort!