Cinnamon Rolls

Some people are smart. Some people are beautiful. Some people are athletic.

I am none of those things. But DAMN IF I DON’T MAKE THE WORLD’S BEST CINNAMON ROLLS. I know this is a bold statement. But to get through this life you’ve got to market yourself – and cinnamon rolls are my most-marketable quality. Want to win over a guy? Cinnamon rolls. Want your boss to like you? Cinnamon rolls. Need some friends? Cinnamon rolls. Crashed your car? Well, at least you can eat your feelings.

These fat little bundles of Jesus-in-food-form are really special to me. My mom has been making them since I can remember, so this family recipe has a place in my cold, dark heart. Thanks mom 🙂 also, sorry that I’m your worst child.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour

Filling

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon

Icing

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese (half a package)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let it sit for a few minutes. Whisk in the sugar, salt, eggs, and melted butter. Ensure that the butter is not too hot, or it will cook the eggs. If the butter is still warm, whisk it in gradually.
  2. Add flour one cup at a time. Stir with a rubber spatula after each cup. Dough should come together, and be fairly sticky.
  3. Dump dough onto a floured surface. Sprinkle with a bit more flour and knead for 3 minutes.
  4. Place back into bowl & cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Let it rise for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Dump the dough back onto the floured surface. Roll the dough into a long rectangular shape.
  7. Spread the softened stick of butter over the entire surface of the dough. Sprinkle brown sugar all over the dough. Lastly, sprinkle on the cinnamon.
  8. Starting from the long end, roll up the dough. Roll it fairly tight until it’s a long cylinder. Trim off the ends.
  9. Use a knife to cut the roll into one inch slices. Place the slices on a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  10. Cover the casserole dish with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes.
  11. Place cinnamon rolls into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  12. While they bake, whisk together the icing ingredients in a small bowl.
  13. Let the cinnamon rolls cool for at least 30 minutes before icing, or it will melt into the rolls. Dollop the icing generously across the cinnamon rolls and spread around.
  14. Feed everyone around you and accept the waterfall of compliments.

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