Most people love a good cinnamon roll and they frequent Cinnabon, but you can make your own cinnamon rolls.
First thing first, find a recipe for dinner rolls and make it to the dough stage. No I am not going to give you my recipe because it’s my grandmother’s recipe and I’m not telling anyone. I even told my cousin she couldn’t give it to other people. So go to google and google dinner roll recipes. Make sure it has milk and eggs in it, but I am not going to tell you how much that it should have in it. While you are mixing up your dough, put honey, or more honey into your dough for a little extra sweetness.
After your dough has risen roll it out on your counter,clean the counter first, into a rectangular shape. You can put flour down, but I just sprayed non-stick spray on my counter.
We’re going to do the filling now. You are going to need melted butter, 4 tablespoons of it to be exact. Spread the melted butter over your dough. Now for sugar. Normally you would put white sugar in cinnamon rolls. Not me, I am going with brown sugar, it’s a bit more moist than white sugar.There isn’t a set amount to put on, just make sure it’s reasonably covered.
Now we’re going for the rest of the filling. Which means cinnamon. Again no set amount, but sprinkle liberally over the surface of your dough. Now nuts, I used pecans, you can use pecans or walnuts or be daring and use black walnuts.
The next step is to roll up the dough into a cylinder, start at the top and roll horizontal wise. If you roll vertical wise, you are just going to end up with GIANT cinnamon rolls, which you might want, but you’ll only end up with about six of them.
Now take a knife and cut your cylinder of cinnamon roll about every inch. Take those cinnamon rolls and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Heat the over to 375 degrees F.
Now what I do is put extra pecans on top of the cinnamon rolls once they are rolled up. I do this because the ones on the top sort of get toasted because they are on top so it brings more flavor into the cinnamon roll equation.
Once the oven is ready, bake for 15-18 minutes. If your oven gets hot in one corner make sure you turn them about half way through. If you made bigger cinnamon rolls you need to bake them longer, but don’t let them burn.
Arguably cinnamon rolls are practically irresistible after they are fresh out of the oven, but if you hold on a bit, you can make them even better with some cream cheese frosting.
- 1(8oz) block of cream cheese
- 1 stick butter
- 5 cups powdered sugar(approximately)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Beat the butter and cream cheese in a bowl until all blended together. Then beat in the vanilla. Now start beating in powdered sugar. Beat at least 3 cups in, but you can beat as many as six cups in, this is about how sweet you want the frosting. I went with about 4 and a half cups.
Spread on cinnamon rolls. I didn’t use a knife to spread, but a cake fork. Eat and enjoy. These go great with a glass of milk or some hot cocoa.These are also great for holiday gift trays.
You can also take the “roll” concept from cinnamon rolls and do other treats.
- Spread honey on the dough before you roll it up to make “honey buns”.
- Spread jam or jelly on the dough.
- Spread preserves on the dough.
- Make an orange juice glaze and spread on the dough.
- Spread maple syrup on the dough to make maple flavored treats.
- Mix some creamy peanut butter with a little butter and melt it. Then spread it on the dough to get peanut butter treats. You could be even more creative and spread jelly on it as well, to get peanut butter & jelly rolls.