Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

We had a dear friend staying with us from out of state last week. One morning for breakfast I made these Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, for an extra “sweet” start to the day.Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I love cinnamon rolls, but don’t eat them too often, so when I do make them, they are a real treat (especially when served with a steaming cup of Italian Roast coffee…).

I’ve made these cinnamon rolls for several years, and am finally going to put the old recipe on the blog. This recipe makes 9 good sized cinnamon rolls, and they are delicious! I use my bread machine to make the dough, but recognize the fact that a lot of people don’t own a bread machine. I have included instructions in the note section of the recipe for those who wish to make these “by hand”.

I made a glaze to top these cinnamon rolls with, but in the past have also made a cream cheese frosting, which is equally delicious! If you’ve never made cinnamon rolls before, don’t be scared off by the “prep time” involved. Most of it is just waiting for the dough to rise, so you could read an epic novel or paint your nails, or call a friend while you wait. Trust me…

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After dough has finished rising, it is rolled out into a 18×9 inch rectangle.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dough is spread with softened butter, than covered with cinnamon-sugar mixture, then tightly rolled up.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After dough has been rolled into a log shape, the dough is cut into 9 pieces.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Slices are then put into the baking pan, covered, and the dough rises again.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The slices should double in size… now they are ready to bake!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cinnamon rolls are now baked and the glaze is spread over the tops… looking good!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s a close-up view…can you SMELL this? Yum.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s what it looks like on a plate. Each layer inside is coated with cinnamon, sugar and butter… delicious!

Hope you will give this recipe a try. It is very economical to make your own delicious cinnamon rolls, considering the cost of store-bought pastries these days.  Enjoy!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Original Recipe Source: Oster Deluxe Bread & Dough Maker Owner’s Manual, copyright 1994, Sunbeam-Oster Household Products

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, warm from the oven... there's nothing quite like them!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 9 rolls
Ingredients
For The Dough:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons regular active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
For The Cinnamon Roll Filling:
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
For The Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
Directions
  1. Place all dough ingredients into bread machine pan in the order listed. Select Dough cycle. (if making these by hand, see NOTES section of this recipe).
  2. Spray a 9x9x2 inch square pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix ⅓ cup sugar and the cinnamon for the filling.
  4. When dough is ready, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 18x9 inch rectangle.
  5. Spread the dough with the softened butter. Sprinkle the entire surface of the dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Roll the dough up tightly, BEGINNING AT THE 9" SIDE. Pinch or tuck the ends and edges into the roll to seal. Place roll seam side down.
  7. Cut the roll into nine 1 inch slices. Carefully place each slice into prepared baking dish. Cover dish with tea towel, and let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour, until slices have doubled in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove cover from rolls. Cook at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown. Remove pan from oven to a wire rack to cool.
  9. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until the glaze is smooth and thin enough to drizzle.
  10. Drizzle the glaze over the tops of the cinnamon rolls to cover the tops completely. Let cinnamon rolls cool off slightly, so the glaze begins to firm up, then remove them from pan and serve. Enjoy!
Notes
To make by hand: Dissolve yeast in warm water in lg. bowl. Add/mix in the butter, egg, flour, sugar and salt. Mix well. Knead dough into a large ball on lightly floured surface. Spray a large mixing bowl with non-stick spray. Place dough ball into bowl. Turn dough over to coat with the spray. Cover dough with tea towel. Let rise in warm place for about an hour until doubled in size. Proceed with rest of recipe, beginning at Step 2.

 

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