I just finished writing my post on getting up early to spend time with God (see "Good Morning!- Faith) and I was thinking that some of us might need some motivation. Enter cinnamon rolls. These soft and chewy rolls actually rendered my two year old speechless... at least for 30 seconds until the sugar rush came along. Ahem.
Anyway, here's how I made them! The official recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.
1. Warm up 1/2 cup of milk in the microwave. Once the milk is warm, but not hot, add in a packet of yeast. Let this mixture stand for about 5 minutes.
2. Mix together a half a stick of softened butter, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until the mixture becomes fluffy. If you have a standing electric mixer, use the paddle attachment, but a hand mixer will do just fine, too.
3. Beat in one egg and a cup of flour. Finally, beat in the warm milk mixture.
Use a fork to mix together 1/2 stick of butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Spread this mixture on the dough, leaving a little space around the edges.
- Option one: cover with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Option two: cover with plastic wrap and store the rolls in the refrigerator overnight. I did this and it worked really well. Just make sure you let them come to room temperature before baking them in the morning.
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 pack active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tbsp flavored coffee creamer
Add a packet of yeast to warmed milk. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. In a mixer, combine sugar, half of the butter, and salt. Add egg and mix well. Stir in 1 cup of flour slowly. Add warmed milk and yeast and mix well. Switch to dough hook and slowly add remainder of flour. Cover in oiled bowl and allow to rest in warm area for about 90 minutes. Meanwhile, combine remainder of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Roll out dough in a long, rectangular shape (about 15 by 8 inches). Spread cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly on dough. Roll up dough and cut into 1 inch rolls. Place rolls on buttered 9 inch round pan and allow to rest for 2 hours or in the refrigerator overnight.
Bake in at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Whisk confectioners' sugar and creamer to make glaze. Drizzle on rolls and enjoy!