Cinnamon Rolls......I don't have to much to say about these except that I was having a craving for warm cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, so I made these and they made me oh so happy!
They were everything I wanted for my perfect cinnamon roll craving. Warm and sweet, sticky and oh so ooey-gooey in the most perfect way, so so soft with a slight chew, a center filled with the perfect cinnamon-sugary goodness, perfect for pulling apart, and topped off with a delicious vanilla glaze that drips into the little cracks and mixes with the filling.
See what I mean? Perfection!
Cinnamon Rolls: (Recipe courtesy Paula Deen)
-1/4-ounce package yeast
-1/2 cup warm water
-1/2 cup scalded milk
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/3 cup butter or shortening
-1 teaspoon salt
-3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup melted butter
-3/4 cup sugar
-2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
-3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional
-4 tablespoons butter
-2 cups powdered sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-3 to 6 tablespoons milk or hot water
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
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 2 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 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with raisins, walnuts, or pecans if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, roll up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with sugar if desired. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add milk or water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.