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Recipe: Easy Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch

easy cinnamon rolls from scratch

There’s something about fall that makes me want to bake. Maybe it’s the fact that I can hide my “baked goods belly” under sweaters and cardigans or maybe it’s the way baking brings the family together.

I’ve found that kids love baking because it gives them an excuse to use their hands and play with their food—completely understandable. They also seem to find a way to cover themselves in flour even when the recipe only calls for a pinch. 

I had fun making these easy cinnamon rolls from scratch when my nieces and nephews came to town last month. It kept them entertained and it made the house smell like fall goodness! These delicious rolls will definitely be making a comeback this holiday season.  

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Recipe: Easy Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch
easy cinnamon rolls from scratch
Prep Time 90 min
Cook Time 45 min
Passive Time 135 min
Servings
rolls
Ingredients
Dough
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 4-ounce packet yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
Filling
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
Icing
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • up to 6 teaspoons hot water
Prep Time 90 min
Cook Time 45 min
Passive Time 135 min
Servings
rolls
Ingredients
Dough
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 4-ounce packet yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
Filling
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
Icing
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • up to 6 teaspoons hot water
easy cinnamon rolls from scratch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine milk, sugar, melted butter, salt, and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
  4. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, usually between 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Knead doubled dough. Roll dough out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Generously spread melted butter over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough, covering the entire rectangle. Beginning at the 15-inch side, roll up dough and pinch the ends together to create a seal. Cut into 12 slices.
  6. Coat the bottom and sides of a baking pan with butter. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let dough rise. Bake for about 40 minutes or until nicely browned.
  7. In another bowl, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over warm rolls.
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