Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Homemade Cinnamon will NOT regret making these! By: Lindsey

A friend of mine tweeted about how she made these and how they were the best cinnamon rolls ever. When normally a recipe like this would scare me...because she did it...I decided to try it out. I wanted us to have something special for breakfast on Christmas morning. I realized, though, that just this recipe makes 7 batches!!! I e-mailed my friend and she said she divided the recipe in half. But that she wished she wouldn't have. Since then she has already made another batch. What is great is that you cook these, put the icing on top, cover loosely with aluminum foil and freeze them. Whenever you are ready for a tasty treat take them out of the freezer and bake these on 325 for 20-30 minutes. I am giving my sister, brother, and parents a batch. So the ones who have tried them said they are the best cinnamon rolls they have ever had!! By the way, everyone has said these sound hard to make. But they are NOT! You do have to let the dough sit for an hour here and 45 minutes there...but you can make the dough 2 days prior to making the cinnamon rolls if you would like. Hope you love these as much as we do! We can't wait for Christmas morning to devour some more. Yum Yum Yum!

*if you want a picture of each step here is the link to the blog of who originally(I assume) posted this recipe. It helped me a lot. *


  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast
  • 8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  • Plenty Of Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
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  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ¼ cups Melted Butter
  • ¼ cups Brewed Coffee
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt

Preparation Instructions

Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. Scald the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in both packages of Active Dry Yeast. Let this sit for a minute. Then add 8 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.

After rising for at least an hour, add 1 more cup of flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together. (At this point, you could cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two, if necessary. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to overflow out of the pan, just punch it down).

When ready to prepare rolls: Sprinkle rolling surface generously with flour. Take half the dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape. Drizzle 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter over the dough. Now sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the butter followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

Now, starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Next, pinch the seam of the roll to seal it.

Spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a seven inch round foil cake or pie pan. Then begin cutting the rolls approximately ¾ to 1 inch thick and laying them in the buttered pans.

Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees (see note below) until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.

For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Go crazy and don’t skimp on the frosting.

Note: My rolls don’t work for me at 400 degrees anymore. I now bake them at 375 degrees.