Homemade Memories: Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls have always been in the thread of my life.
As a child we lived far away from our extended family. When we would pull into our grandma’s house, we would head straight to the freezer where she always had cookies and cinnamon rolls waiting.
I remember eating the cinnamon rolls piece by piece, slowing unraveling the spiraled treat until I got the gooey center.
My grandma would always put raisins in her cinnamon rolls and by the end there was always a pile of raisins on the side of my plate.
She started making a batch without raisins for me. 🙂
“Anyone who gives you a cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven is a friend for life.”
I felt the love in those cinnamon rolls and how they made me feel at my grandma’s house. I couldn’t wait to share that feeling with my kids.
The only problem is my favorite cinnamon roll recipe took about 6 hours to make – start to finish! Making cinnamon rolls became a lot less appealing to me.
One afternoon after my kids had begged me for cinnamon rolls for days, I found quite a few 90 Minute Cinnamon Roll Recipes. I tried one and they were almost as good as my 6 hour cinnamon rolls! SCORE!
Over the years I have tried many of those recipes and made slight adjustments to them and finally settled on this recipe. It’s almost as easy as making cookies–only now you have time to watch a show or play a couple rounds of candy crush while you are making them!
Important Rules for Making Cinnamon Rolls!
- Don’t walk away from your milk when it is on the stove. The second you do it will overflow and will be a big pain to clean up.
- Make sure they have time for two rises. It makes such a difference in the consistency of the dough.
- Don’t add raisins. Everyone just picks them out.
- Use an unflavored floss to cut the dough – not spearmint flavored. Trust me.
And without further ado….Cinnamon Rolls!
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup water
- 1 egg
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup softened butter
- 4 ounces softened cream cheese
- 3 Tablespoons Milk
- 1 ½ Tablespoon Vanilla
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it just bubbles and then remove from heat.
- Mix in the butter. Stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm. I like to pour it into a new bowl and set it on the counter. It is usually perfect temperature by the time I need it.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine 2¼ cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt and mix them all together. I use my Kitchen aid mixer and it combines it like a dream.
- Add water, egg and the milk mixture to the dough. Mix it completely together.
- Add the remaining flour about ½ cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
- When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Or if you have it in a mixer turn it to level 6 for 5 minutes with the dough hook.
- Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.
- Roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with butter/sugar mixture. Fold the dough in half and pinch the seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls. I love to use dental floss to do this!
- Place cut side up on a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 17 minutes or until browned. Let cool.
- For the Icing: Cream the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until they are thoroughly combined and smooth.
- Use the beaters on low and add in 2 cups powdered sugar. Add in the milk. Combine. Mix in the rest of the powdered sugar. Put the vanilla in and mix together.
- If you would like the consistency to be thinner add in more milk. Place on top of slightly cooled cinnamon rolls!
If you have a great cinnamon roll recipe (even if it does take 6 hours!) we would love to try it! Send it to us!
Do you have any memories with Cinnamon Rolls?