Because I grew up watching this.. dance..that Granny had with her yeast rolls, I have been afraid to use it. She ran around like a "chicken with its head cut off" the entire time she was making them. (Although, thinking back, she was prone to do this with other things too..) I like to stay calm in the kitchen. So no yeast. Until the other day when I had a severe desire for a cinnamon roll. They were worth the risk.
And you know what?? I did it. I made them. They rose. (Eventually. This waiting stuff is for the birds.) I baked them and we ate every single one.
So Granny, this recipe is for you. She would be proud of me.
Most Amazing Cinnamon Rolls
- 1/4-ounce package yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup scalded milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter or shortening
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
3.Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle.
4. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on dough.
5. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
6. Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.
7.Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
For the icing: Beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.