Saturday, September 5, 2009

Yummy Cinnamon Rolls

I found this recipe on the world wide web when I was in high school. I've made it many times and it always turns out the same: delicious!

This recipe takes a while but it's worth the time. They taste like the cinnamon rolls you can get at the mall.

Here's what you need for the dough:

1 1/4 oz package active dry yeast

1 cup warm milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup melted margarine

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

First, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large mixing bowl.

After it dissolves mix in the sugar, margarine, salt, and eggs. Add the flour and mix well.

Knead the dough into a ball. Put in a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm place for about an hour ( I put it in the oven). The dough will double in size.

It makes you feel like a magician when you pull the towel off after an hour! :)

Now go ahead and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough flat until it is about 21 inches long by 15 inches wide.

For the filling combine 1 cup of packed brown sugar and 2 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon.

You'll also need 1/3 cup of softened margarine. Spread the margarine on the dough like so...

Then sprinkle the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.

Now roll from the top (21 inch side) to the bottom edge. It makes a little dough log.

Cut the rolled dough into 1 3/4 inch slices and place 6 at a time, evenly spaced in a greased baking pan. I use the baking pan because some of the "yummy goodness" leaks out while baking.

After you place the rolls in the pans you have to let the rolls rise a little (about 30 minutes).

Now bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

While the rolls are baking you can make the icing. I didn't take any pictures of the icing being made because the rolls smelt so yummy and I got too excited and forgot.... Anyway, for the icing you'll need

1 stick of margarine; softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup (2oz) cream cheese; softened

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and beat until fluffy. The mixture will look dry at first but if you mix on a high speed I promise it will be creamy.

When the rolls come out of the oven, coat each one with the icing.


**If you're not planning on eating them right away, you can put the non-frosted rolls in the freezer and save some icing in the fridge. Just heat up the rolls for about 25 seconds. You can have a treat each morning :)

Now that I think about it, you may could put the frosting on before you freeze them...Although I've never tried it.

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