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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls

I made these last night for some friends that were packing up and moving this morning. These were AMAZING! I adapted this recipe from allrecipes.com because I don't have a bread machine. I just used my Kitchenaid and everything worked perfectly. My house is generally pretty cold, so for a warm place for the dough to rise, I turned my oven on for one minute and then turned it off before covering the dough and placing it in there. I have one other recipe I love for really gooey, sticky rolls. These are a little less messy. I will post both. For these I doubled this recipe and it filled a cookie sheet & one other round pan. YUMMM!!!


1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup warm milk
1 egg, room temperature
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecans

1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons milk


1.Combine water, melted butter, yeast, and sugar in a bowl. Cover with a plate and let set 10 minutes. Meanwhile mix vanilla pudding, warm milk, and egg.

2.When the yeast has set, combine yeast mixture with pudding mixture in mixer. With mixer, need in flour and salt. You may not need all of teh flour. Add enough flour for the dough to pull away from the sides of the bowl and form a ball, but still a tiny bit sticky to touch.

3.Place dough in oiled bowl. Cover and let rise 1 hr.

4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 17x10 inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over dough.

5.Roll up dough, beginning with long side. Slice into 16 one inch slices and place in 9x13 buttered pan. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

4.Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. While rolls bake, stir together cream cheese, softened butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and milk. Remove rolls from oven and top with frosting.

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