Blogger tells me that this is my 200th post. Yay!! Whenever we are celebrating something here, we have cinnamon rolls – homemade, gooey, smothered in cream cheese frosting…
After setting out a stick of butter and package of cream cheese to soften, I start the yeast and honey. The “official” recipe says to put it all in the mixer (save for about 1/3 of the flour) at once. I usually get these started while gathering the rest of the ingredients.
The recipe was inspired by “World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls” from Marsha Sawyer in the MOMYS cookbook. I have (of course) tweaked it to make it my own. During birthday season, they are made so often, I don’t even need the recipe. Here is my version:
Cinnamon RollsServings 24 rolls
- 1 T yeast
- 1 C water
- 1/4-1/3 C honey
- 1/2 C butter melted
- 1 t salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 T milk powder or corn starch
- 2 C all-purpose flour and any additional needed for rolling out
- 2 C whole wheat flour
Sugar & Spice
- 1/4 C butter softened - to spread on rolled out dough
- 1 C brown sugar
- 3 T cinnamon or 2 T cinnamon + 1 T cardamom
Cream Cheese Icing
- 1/4 C butter softened
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 t vanilla or more!
- 1 # powdered sugar more or less for desired consistency
- Pre-heat oven to 400º
- Combine dough ingredients in mixing bowl -- reserving 1 to 1 1/2 C flour until everything else is mixed.
- Add remaining flour until dough is formed. Knead lightly if mixing by hand. Too much machine mixing/kneading develops too much gluten and a bread-like texture.
- Divide dough into two parts, working with one half at a time.
- Roll out on floured surface into large rectangle.
- In small bowl, combine sugar & spice ingredients with a fork.
- Spread half of 1/4 C butter over the rolled out dough. Cover with half of sugar & spice mixture.
- Roll up starting with long edge. Cut into twelve pieces.
- Place in greased pan and repeat with other half of dough, butter and sugar & spice mixture.
- Bake 15 minutes (can bake longer for more color).
- While baking, cream butter and cream cheese for icing.
- Add vanilla and half of powdered sugar.
- Continue adding powdered sugar 1 C at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Remove pan from oven and cool on rack 10 minutes.
- Spread icing over rolls and serve.