Cinnamon Rolls

by Samantha Codd

INGREDIENTS

Dough

  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 1 cup milk lukewarm
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  •  cup butter unsalted, softened, or margarine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  •  cup butter unsalted, softened, or margarine

Cream cheese icing

  • 6 tbsp butter unsalted, softened, or margarine
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar also known as icing sugar, or confectioner’s sugar
  • ¼ cup cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  •  tsp salt

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

    • For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk with a tsp of sugar (you can take a tsp out of the 1/2 cup of sugar) in a large bowl. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. If the yeast is good, it will start to froth up.
    • To the bowl of your mixer add the sugar, butter or margarine, salt, eggs, and flour and mix until well incorporated.
    • Pour the milk/yeast mixture over the flour mixture and using the dough hook, mix well until well incorporated and the dough comes clean from the side of the bowl.
    • Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
    • Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
    • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
    • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approximately 16 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should be approximately 1/4 inch in thickness.
    • Spread the 1/3 cup of butter evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with the sugar evenly over the surface of the dough
    • Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
    • Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan. You can also use floss to cut into slices, as seen in the video. Place the cut rolls in the prepared pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rise for another 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cooking time can vary greatly!
    • While the rolls are baking make the icing by mixing all the icing ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth.
    • When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.