Yum Yum Yummy Cinnamon Rolls

Oh, how I love to bake-  I love kneading the dough…I love seeing it rise…and most of all I love the smell of yummy goodness filling my home.

I’ve been wanting some homemade cinnamon rolls for a couple of days, but I was out of yeast.  So…Mr. Pink picked some up–and the next day– I was happily putting together some super-yummy rolls!

I enjoy making things from scratch the old-fashioned way from time to time…no mixers- just lots of muscle.  But, usually I rely on this little friend 🙂

Here is the recipe I adapted from a delicious recipe on AllRecipes I found several years ago.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm milk – I just stick it in the microwave for about 30 seconds
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour – I don’t usually have bread flour on hand, so I add 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • Packet of yeast
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Penzey’s Cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
Also , if you want to make frosting- this is a good Cream cheese frosting- or if you are in a pinch you can use Cream cheese frosting from a container.  I personally think they are yummy without the frosting–so I never put any on mine. 
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm milk and let sit for about 15 minutes to really let the yeast start to activate.
  2. Mix in sugar, butter, salt and eggs. (Medium speed on mixer)
  3. Add flour, 1 cup at a time and mix well- (I use the kneading attachment on the Kitchenaid) Mix until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl.  (Remember sticky dough is okay–it does not have to be so full of flour there is no stickiness- but, it does need to hold it’s shape)
  4. Place in greased bowl, cover with saran wrap and towel and place in a warm spot-or away from any drafts.  I always place mine on top of the  oven.
  5. Let rise for 1 hour or so.
Here’s the fun part- and the part I started taking pictures 😉
  1. Knead dough on floured surface for a bit and then Roll dough out to desired thickness. 
  2. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter 
  3. and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. 
  4. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. 
  5. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes or so. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving if you want 🙂

I can tell you this for sure–my kids will never pass up one of momma’s cinnamon rolls! I was lucky there were any left when I got up after them this morning 🙂

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