Cinnamon Rolls

Prepare and shape these rolls the night before, then enjoy a warm treat for breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients
  • 4 - 4 1/3  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1   package active dry yeast
  • 1   cup milk
  • 1/3  cup sugar
  • 1/3  cup butter
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 2   eggs
  • 3   tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2  cup sugar
  • 2   teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1   recipe Powdered Sugar Icing
Powdered Sugar Icing
  • 1   cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1   tablespoon milk or orange juice

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Directions
1. 
In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups of the flour and yeast; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, the 1/3 cup sugar, the 1/3 cup butter, and salt just until warm (120 to 130 degrees F.) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture to dry mixture along with eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
2. 
Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).
3. 
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Lightly grease two 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pans.
4. 
Roll each portion of the dough into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Brush the 3 tablespoons melted butter over dough. Combine the 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough. Roll up into a spiral, starting from a long side. Seal seam. Slice each roll into 12 equal pieces. Place in prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double (about 30 minutes).
5. 
Bake in 375 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly; remove from pans. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing. If desired, serve warm. Makes 24 rolls.
Powdered Sugar Icing
1. 
In mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk or orange juice. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches drizzling consistency. Makes 1/2 cup.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare and shape rolls. Cover with oiled waxed paper, then plastic wrap. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Prick any air bubbles with a wooden pick. Bake as directed.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 161, Fat, total (g) 5, chol. (mg) 19, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 27, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 3, vit. A (RE) 62, sodium (mg) 103, calcium (mg) 10, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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