The Very Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
I like to experiment, and what better time to do that than while being quarantined for what feels like the rest of time! I could never quite get these fluffy cinnamon rolls as good as my MIL does on Christmas morning, but I think I finally got close! I've used her recipe, and one passed down from my grandma to adapt & create my very own recipe. I'll take it as a win!
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3/4 cup Warm Water
2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
2 packages Rapid Rise Yeast
1/2 cup Butter, soft
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 cups Warm Water
1 tsp Salt
5 cups Flour
1/2 cup Butter, soft
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Cinnamon
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Milk
2 Tbsp Butter, Soft
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to warm (I did 170 degrees) and add 1-2 inches of water in a loaf pan and place it on the bottom rack.
2. Mix 3/4 cups warm water, 2 Tbsp granulated sugar and 2 packets of rapid rising yeast together and let sit. Make sure that the bowl you mix these in will allow for the mixture to double in size.
3. In your mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Add 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 tsp salt, and 3 1/2 cups flour. Beat at low speed until mixed followed by medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Add your yeast mixture and an additional 1 1/2 cups flour and mix on low for another minute. If your dough seems really sticky, slowly add more flour (only add spoonfuls at a time).
3. Grease a bowl with soft butter or cooking spray and add your dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place on the top rack of the oven, above the pan of water. Let rise until doubled in size (Mine took about 45 minutes)
4. Lightly flour your work surface. Flip dough out of the bowl and onto your floured work surface. Sprinkle the top of your dough with flour. Lightly roll the dough with a rolling pin into a rectangular shape.
5. Smear softened butter across the flattened dough. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly across the dough. Starting on one of the long sides, roll your dough. Using a serrated knife, slice into 12 even slices.
6. Grease a 9x13" cake pan with soft butter or cooking spray. Place the cut cinnamon rolls into the pan and cover with plastic wrap. Place pan into the warmed oven, on top rack above the pan of water. Let rise 20-25 minutes.
7. Remove plastic wrap from pan and change oven temperature to 350 degrees. Back 25-30 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
8. Mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk, 2 Tbsp softened butter and 1/8 tsp vanilla. Drizzle on top of cinnamon rolls.
Once you try this recipe, let me know how it turned out!