Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Nirvana has been realized in the form of cinnamon, sugar and dough. And butter. Lots and lots of butter.


1/4 ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup melted butter, plus 2-3 tablespoons for pan
3/4 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for pan
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecan and/or dried currants

4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-6 tablespoons hot water


In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add two cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 7 to 10 minutes. Place in a well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

When doubled in size, punch dough down. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9 inch rectangle. Spread melted butter over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle pecans and dried currants if desired. Beginning at the 15 inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled - about 45 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove pan to wire cooling rack.

Note: You may make the cinnamon roll slices a day in advance and keep them in the 15 by 9 inch prepared pan in the refrigerator until before baking. However, the rising time will be longer than the 45 minutes as stated above. First the dough will have to come to room temperature and then it will need 45 minutes to rise on top of that.

Once the cinnamon rolls have cooled a bit, mix butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches the desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over cinnamon rolls. (I always have leftover glaze but that gives someone the option of putting more on their individual cinnamon roll if desired.)

So dang good.

Just don't go blaming me if your pants won't button anymore.



Beth said...

It figures, I just finished breakfast so I have to wait a whole day to make them. THANK YOU for sharing the recipe!

mrsrfair said...

I am seriously drooling!!! Yummy I would love to make these but don't ever have the time. I'll have to take it down and make the time someday, they look soooooooooo very good!

alice said...

yum!!!!! I have never tried making my own, but then there is a first time for everything. Yum!! Thanks.

Lee said...

always searching for the ultimate cinnamon roll. will give this one a try!

Blue Is Bleu said...

You're actually evil, aren't you? I'm not a huge fan but my husband is, and if he should see this, he'll bug me to make it and then he'll eat it and if his pants don't button, I'll be in trouble. Wow that's a long sentence.

Amber said...

well, seeing as how most of them don't button already :-) Yum!!

brown robin said...

Nope... not even looking at the picture let alone the recipe until my pants fit better. Could be a while!

tara said...

You had me at dough and butter.

Amy said...

Mmmm.. can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for posting it.

sarah, rsm said...

Will you be selling them in your shop??? :)

Sandra said...

Mmmm! Do those ever look good! I'm trying to avoid flour right now...but at least my pants button! LOL

Joan said...

Oh My Goodness! What mouth watering pictures!!! We love cinnamon rolls - thank you for sharing this recipe! Can't wait to try it.

Catherine said...

I used to Nanny for a Canadian family a few years back and she made these frequently. Thanks for the journey back in time and for the recipe!

VeeV said...

thank you!!!!
thank you!!!!
thank you!!!!
thank you!!!!


corinnea said...

Oh yum. I think I can smell them....

DeeRoo said...

Um....how many points is one on Weight Watchers? I know....TOOOO many!;) Drool!!

AngiMW said...

Do you have room for another family member? I'd like to move in...

LOL! Yummy!

CitricSugar said...

You are evil. If I didn't admire your evil genius so much, I'd think you needed to be stopped!! :-)

But thank you so much for sharing the recipe... If I can stop drooling, I'll make one of my own.

Jackie said...

Are you kidding, I can't button my pants just looking at the photo!! YUM!!

amylouwho said...

yum. I'm going to have to make some before I don't have an excuse to eat what I want anymore!

They look delish!

(PS - finished your block yesterday!)

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

Oh my gosh, my pants got tighter just looking at the pictures...tee hee.

Seriously, they look wonderful and I cannot wait to try your recipe! Is this the consolation prize for those of us who did not win the Mettler thread?

happyhanigan said...

can not wait!!!!!!!!!

sallgood said...

These sound wonderful! I'm trying to be on a "weekend sweets" plan, so maybe if I'm good for the rest of the week, I can make some on Saturday!!

Amy said...

these look super yummy! Although it doesn't help me tryin gto not eat sugar :)

Ann said...

yum - cinnamon rolls have been on my to do list for so long - like a year or two but this is inspiring me to really make some this weekend. Thanks for the yummy photo and recipe.

Linda Hardesty said...

I ran into the post on your cinnamon rolls yesterday and immediately ran up to my kitchen to make a batch. They are so delicious and are the best I ever ate!!! I took pictures and blogged about them because they are that good. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us.