The best Cinnamon Rolls
Really, I don't need to look at any more Cinnamon Roll Recipes. This one form whatscookingamerica.net is really the best one. The dough is a dream to work with. When I am kneading it, the smell is fantastic. It's the vanilla and sugar inside the dough. I'm not even going to talk about the butter. Lots! You will have to check out the recipe. But do try it. Once you get the hang of it, you will be making this recipe for your friends and family. You can add what you want, nuts and raisins. Me, I like it just this way.
Oh the butter, I spread it on with my hands.
I add the brown sugar and cinnamon, a little more than the recipe says. Or a lot more.
Roll it all up and pinch the dough to close it up.
I love this part. Cut into 15 pieces. So this way you have 3 for yourself and (12 if you can) to give away.
Ready for baking!
1 cup milk heated in microwave for 45 seconds.
1/4 cup warm water 110 degrees F.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
1/2 cup butter, room temp.
2 eggs room temp. and beaten.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
1/2 cup granulated sugar.
5 cups flour.
3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast.
1/2 cup butter, melted or softened.
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar.
4 or 5 Tablespoons ground cinnamon, I use 5.
In a bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside
2 ounces cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 cup butter, room temp.
1 cup powdered sugar.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
In medium bowl combine butter and cream cheese until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, and vanilla. mix until creamy.
Put dry ingredients in food processor with the steel blade. While motor is running, add the liquid ingredients, butter and egg, vanilla extract, water and milk. I start with 3 cups of the flour and add the next 2 cups as needed to make a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead until elastic about 10 min. Put in a bowl and cover and let rise until double in size. For me it's about 2 hr.
After the dough has risen, roll it out and stretch the dough in a 15 by 24 inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 1/2 cup of room temp butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the top. Now starting with the long side toward you. Roll it all up, sorta tight, pinch the seam to seal and turn it over. Seam side down. Now cut with a serrated knife ( gentle) into 15 rolls, about 1 and 1/2 in wide. Or less. Put into a sprayed pan. I used a 15x11in. pan. You have to put the extra 3 in a different pan. Just put 12 in the large pan. Do not let them touch. Cover and let rise for 45 to 60 min. Until they touch each other and the sides of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for approximately 20 min until light golden brown. Add the Butter Frosting while the rolls are warm. 15 rolls.