Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls

This is an awesome cinnamon roll recipe. It's "cinnamon rolls III" from It's their top rated cinnamon roll recipe with almost 600 great reviews and I agree with them. So yummy!! We had these for breakfast this morning (I let them rise in the fridge overnight) and they were, of course, very well received - everyone loved them!

*BTW I figured out the calories and fat in these, out of morbid curiosity - they are about 300 calories and 14 grams of fat if you get about 19 rolls from the recipe like I did. Hey, if you limit yourself to one it's really not that bad, right??! And since I made these for breakfast I sent the rest to work with my hubby for his coworkers so that they aren't sitting around tempting me with their ooey gooey wonderfulness all day - I know the limits of my will power.:)

Cinnamon Rolls

1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix (that's 1/4 cup)
1 cup warm milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour (+ 1/4 cup for high altitude)
1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon

4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar (I ended up adding a bit more)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons milk

In the pan of your bread machine, combine water, melted butter, vanilla pudding mix, warm milk, egg, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt, bread flour, and yeast. Set machine to "dough" cycle and let run.

When dough cycle is finished, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 17x10 inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter. In a small bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle brown sugar cinnamon mixture over dough.

Roll up the dough, beginning with long side. Slice into 1 inch slices (I ended up cutting off the ends and getting 18 evenly sized rolls). Place rolls in a greased 9x13 pan (I got 6 rows with 3 rolls in each row). Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Or cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray and let sit in refrigerator overnight.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. While rolls bake, mix together ingredients for icing: cream cheese, softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk; beat together until smooth. Remove rolls from oven, let sit a few minutes and then spread with icing.

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