Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls - Oh So Yummy!!!

Ok...all of you who know me know that I LOVE to eat! Right up there on that list of things I love to do is to bake, and (of course!) the two go hand in hand. :-) Here's a recipe I tried recently that turned out SOOOOO good! Well worth the effort!

"Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls" - taken from Todd Wilbur's More Top Secret Recipes.

1 (1/4 oz.) package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup margarine (I used butter)
1 t. salt
2 eggs
4 cups flour (I used 3 cups white and 1 cup whole wheat)

1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 T. cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine, softened (again...I used butter)

8 T. margarine (yep - I used butter)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 t. vanilla
1/8 t. salt

For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl. Add the sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour; mix well. Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approximately 21" long by 16" wide (it should be approximately 1/4" thick.) Preheat oven to 400.
To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread the softened butter over the surface of the dough, and then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly ever the surface. Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge. Cut the dough into large, even slices (about 1 3/4" each), and place in a lightly greased baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
While the rolls are baking, combine the icing ingredients. Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy. When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.

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