Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Best Cinnamon Rolls

I'll admit that this is the only recipe for Cinnamon Rolls that I've tried.  It's likely to be the last.  The original recipe was good, but I tweaked it a little the next few times I made it, and it's pretty close to perfect.

Adapted from this recipe at Allrecipes

24 Servings (this is pretty close..  I get around 20) 

For the Rolls:
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
6 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:
¼ cup butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
4 to 5 tsp cinnamon
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped pecans

For the icing:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 TBS milk
½ block cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract

1.    In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add milk, butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 2 cups flour; beat on low for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
2.    Turn the dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
3.    Punch dough down; divide in half. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll out each half into a    12-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Spread with butter. Combine remaining filling ingredients; sprinkle over butter. Roll up from a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices; place with cut side down on a cookie sheet (I use 2 sheets).  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
4.    Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
5.    Mix icing ingredients with a mixer until smooth; spread over warm rolls.

** Edited to add that the orig recipe calls for 2TBS of milk for the icing, if you use cream cheese, you'll have to add a little more.

7 crafty peeps said:

  1. Holy crud, Kristi - I could eat all of them...how many did you make? I have no brakes when it comes to stuff like this. I'll try it at Christmas...they look delicious!!!

  2. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing...I will definitely have to try this recipe out soon!

  3. Jen, this makes like 20 rolls! I gave some away, and tried freezing some, but that didn't work out. When I microwaved them to thaw them out, they became too tough.

    Emily Kathleen, you're welcome. They're really good!

  4. I'm making these this weekend! Yummy...they look so tastey.

  5. I like the idea of pecans. I think I will add them to my next batch of cinnamon rolls. Thanks!

  6. I love making Cinnamon rolls. I'm trying your recipe next time.

  7. Oh these sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I found you at The Girl Creative Link Party!