The Cinnamon Rolls That Will Make You a Hero with Your Family

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Four birthdays and an anniversary in five weeks.  Can you  say “SICK OF CAKE?” by the fourth week?  

That’s what we are.  Caked out.  

Like, I don’t want to see any more cake for 4 months.  My oldest son happens to be the last in that line of events and he too was suffering from “sick of cake syndrome”.  

One year, after groaning at the mention of cake for his birthday, he requested cinnamon rolls.  Oh baby.  That’s my boy!  

We made the most delicious cinnamon rolls.  I was a hero!  

They were hot and sticky and sweetly cinnamon-y goodness-y.  We sang happy birthday to him,  but quickly realized we made a TERRIBLE mistake!  

Delicious cinnamon rolls with a yummy, buttery powdered sugar glaze. Make these and be a hero with your family! :)

But before I tell you what we did, I want to share this sweet cinnamon yumminess with you.  The part that worked out.  Not the huge mistake part.

The Only Cinnamon Rolls You Will Ever Need

1/4 C very warm water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 TB yeast
3/4 C milk
1/4 C butter
1/4 C sugar
1 egg
1 tsp salt
3 C flour (can use half white flour and half whole wheat flour)

Combine the water, 1 1/2 tsp of sugar, and the yeast in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.  Set it aside for 5 minutes to proof the yeast.

Put the milk in a pan on the stove over medium heat.  Add the butter and warm the milk until the butter melts.  Watch it carefully and do not allow the milk to boil!

Into the proofed yeast, add the 1/4 C sugar, egg,  and salt.  Mix to combine.  Stir in the milk and butter mixture.

Add the flour, one cup at a time.  A little more flour may be necessary.

Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding flour to the dough as necessary until the dough is no longer sticky.

Coat the inside of a large bowl with a light layer of oil.  Place the dough in the bowl and flip the dough over once to coat both sides with oil.  Allow the dough to rise until it doubles (app. 1 hour).

Butter & Cinnamon Sugar Filling

1/4 C butter, softened
1/3 C brown sugar
1/3 C white sugar
1 1/2 TB cinnamon

After the dough doubles, punch it down. Decide how many cinnamon rolls you want to make.  We usually make 12, 15, or 18.  

This will determine how wide you make your rectangle.  Make the rectangle 1 ” longer than the number of cinnamon rolls you would like.  For example, if you want 12 cinnamon rolls, make the rectangle 13″ long (you always seem to loose an inch in there somehow!)

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle (the size that you have predetermined) with the long side facing you.  Spread the rectangle with the softened butter.

Cinnamon Rolls

Combine the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Sprinkle mixture on the dough over the butter.

Cinnamon Rolls

Roll the dough up from the long side, make a long log.  Use a piece of dental floss under the dough and pulled in opposite directions at the top to slice the log.  

Cinnamon Rolls

Place the cut dough, swirl side up, in a 9″ x 13″ pan.  Allow the rolls to rise until doubled (about an hour or so).  

Cinnamon Rolls

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.  Pour on the icing while the rolls are still hot.

Buttery Powdered Sugar Icing

2 TB butter, melted
1 C powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 TB milk

In a 4 C glass measuring cup, combine the powdered sugar and the melted butter.  Stir in the vanilla and the milk.  Stir until combined well.  

Pour straight from the measuring cup over the hot cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Rolls

A Warning for You

The first time we made these for a birthday, we took the hot rolls out of the oven, poured on the icing, and placed the pan on a hot pad on the table as we all gathered around to sing Happy Birthday to our son.  

So far, so good!

We placed the candles in the cinnamon rolls and lit them so he could blow them out.  As we were singing, the candles started falling over while still lit.  We now have burning candles falling onto cinnamon rolls and the happy birthday song trailing off to silence.  

Then we all burst out laughing as we realized that the hot cinnamon rolls were melting the candles.  Our son quickly blew out the whole mess and we grabbed the candles out before we embedded more wax into the centers of the rolls.  

Oh well, a little wax never hurt anyone!   Melted wax is much easier to get out of the cinnamon rolls when they have cooled.  The hard blobs of wax were super easy to pull out the next day.  All of us ate our share of hot wax cinnamon rolls that day, but they were still good.  

On subsequent birthdays, we have foregone the candles.  

So, if you are “caked out”, or just want to be a hero with your family, try these cinnamon rolls.  Minus the candle wax.  They are so much better without it!

 

The Best Cinnamon Rolls

Four birthdays and an anniversary in five weeks. Can you say "SICK OF CAKE?" by the fourth week? That's what we are. Caked out. Like, I don't want to see any more cake for 4 months. My oldest son happens to be the last in that line of events and he too was suffering from "sick of cake syndrome". One year, after groaning at the mention of cake for his birthday, he requested cinnamon rolls! Oh baby! That's my boy! We made the most delicious cinnamon rolls. They were hot and sticky and sweetly cinnamon-y goodness-y. We sang happy birthday to him, but quickly realized we made a TERRIBLE mistake! (Come on over to the blog to get the rest of the story!)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C very warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 TB yeast
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 C flour (can use half white flour and half whole wheat flour)

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, 1 1/2 tsp of sugar, and the yeast in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Set it aside for 5 minutes to proof the yeast.
  2. Put the milk in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the butter and warm the milk until the butter melts. Watch it carefully and do not allow the milk to boil!
  3. Into the proofed yeast, add the 1/4 C sugar, egg, and salt. Mix to combine. Stir in the milk and butter mixture.
  4. Add the flour, one cup at a time. A little more flour may be necessary.
  5. Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding flour to the dough as necessary until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Coat the inside of a large bowl with a light layer of oil. Place the dough in the bowl and flip the dough over once to coat both sides with oil. Allow the dough to rise until it doubles (app. 1 hour).
  7. The Best Cinnamon Roll Filling
  8. 1/4 C butter, softened
  9. 1/3 C brown sugar
  10. 1/3 C white sugar
  11. 1 1/2 TB cinnamon
  12. After the dough doubles, punch it down. Decide how many cinnamon rolls you want to make. We usually make 12, 15, or 18. This will determine how wide you make your rectangle. Make the rectangle 1” longer than the number of cinnamon rolls you would like. For example, if you want 12 cinnamon rolls, make the rectangle 13" long (you always seem to loose an inch in there somehow!)
  13. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle (the size that you have predetermined) with the long side facing you. Spread the rectangle with the softened butter.
  14. Combine the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle mixture on the dough over the butter.
  15. Roll the dough up from the long side, make a long log. Use a piece of dental floss under the dough and pulled in opposite directions at the top to slice the log.
  16. Place the cut dough, swirl side up, in a 9" x 13" pan. Allow the rolls to rise until doubled (about an hour or so). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Pour on the icing while the rolls are still hot.
  17. The Best Cinnamon Roll Icing
  18. 2 TB butter, melted
  19. 1 C powdered sugar
  20. 2 tsp vanilla
  21. 2 TB milk
  22. In a 4 C glass measuring cup, combine the powdered sugar and the melted butter. Stir in the vanilla and the milk. Stir until combined well. Pour straight from the measuring cup over the hot cinnamon rolls.

Notes

We got the original recipe from The Finer Things in Life years and years ago.

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8 thoughts on “The Cinnamon Rolls That Will Make You a Hero with Your Family

  1. Great idea! I’ve forgone cake altogether at my house because it never gets eaten! We usually just do ice cream, but at the next birthday, I think I’ll go for cinnamon rolls. Perfect alternative!

  2. I made these with my daughter and they were just delicious! We just made them for my parents who came from Colombia and they also loved them. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

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