I have always loved cinnamon rolls since I can remember. Growing up we would have the canned version on the weekends and we sure did love it and when I would go to the mall I would calorie splurge at Cinnabun. Making cinnamon buns at home can sure sound tedious and well it has been in the past but I came across this recipe and it was so much easier and better. There is no need to change anything with this recipe it was absolutely perfect.
After dinner I made the dough up and it was a beautiful dough that a baker always wants. I went about my business while I left it to rise and then I rolled it out and I found that mixing the cinnamon and brown sugar together and using a hand sifter to sprinkle it evenly all over the dough worked really well. Before I popped them in the oven I brushed the remaining butter over them (do not skip this). I served mine with homemade gingerbread lattes and it was delicious and well worth the time. You can also make these at night and place them in the fridge then get up and pop them in the oven for an easy homemade breakfast.
2-1/2 teaspoons yeast (1 package)
1 cup milk (warmed)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
Vanilla Powdered Sugar Frosting
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk
1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
2. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs and flour to the bowl and mix well.
3. Once the dough starts to come away from the edges, knead for about 5 minutes (if you are using your hands, dust them lightly with flour to avoid sticking) until a large ball is formed.
4. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise for 1 hour, until dough has doubled in size.
5. Lightly flour your countertop and roll the dough out until it is approximately 16×21 inches, and 1/4 inch thick.
6. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
7. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
8. Melt butter for filling.
9. Spread butter over the surface of your dough.
10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture generously over the surface of the dough (using the butter to make it stick).
11. Carefully roll the dough from the long top edge to the bottom edge.
12. Using thread (wrap the thread around the bottom of the roll, bring up and cross over each other and pull tight), or a knife, cut dough into 1 inch slices.
13. Lightly grease a baking pan. Place rolls in baking pan and bake for about 14 minutes until they turn a lighten golden color.
15. While they are baking combine frosting ingredients . Add more powdered sugar to the frosting if it is too runny, add more milk if it is too thick.
16. Remove rolls from oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before frosting. Apply frosting generously to rolls.
Adapted from Like Mother Like Daughter