Cinnamon Rolls

I have always wanted to make cinnamon rolls from scratch and this morning I had the perfect opportunity to make them. We just got a fresh dusting of powder and temperatures have been in single digits. But it sure is purty.

The inspiration for this recipe obviously came from none of than Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. Her cinnamon rolls are famous and look out of this world. She even made a category for Sweet Rolls on her website. I’m sold.

I adapted her recipe from another blog which cut the recipe in half. I (unfortunately) do not live on a ranch where I have to feed tons of people. I went a little crazy and put bacon in a few of the rolls.

Did someone say, “Bacon”? Yes. Bacon. Just the word drives my dog crazy. I just unwrapped the rolls and re-rolled them with a strip of bacon inside. It was divine. FYI, I didn’t have to make any high altitude adaptions to this recipe! Hallelujah!

Cinnamon Rolls

(originally from The Pioneer Woman; adapted from Satisfy My Sweet Tooth)

  • 1 cup of whole or 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1/2 cup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
Frosting
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Heat up milk, oil and 1/4 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan (should not get to a boil).
Remove from the stove and let it cool. Once the mixture is warm add the yeast and let it sit for 2 minutes.
Using a stand mixer, add in the 2 cups of flour + 2 tablespoons. Use the dough hook for your Kitchen Aid mixer. Mix until the dough starts to pull away. If it the dough is still sticky, add a little more flour.
Cover the dough with a cup towel or plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm place. I used the warming drawer in my kitchen but a slightly warm oven is fine too (use the lowest oven setting, or even just leave the oven light on to create warmth). Let the dough rise for an hour. After an hour, take the dough out and add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Flour your countertop or working surface and gently roll the dough into a long rectangle.
Melt the butter in a microwave and spread evenly over the dough.
Sprinkle the brown sugar, the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon on top and spread evenly.
Gently roll the dough from one end and pull tightly as you roll until you have formed a long log.

Using a bench scraper or knife, gently cut the log into 1 1/2-2 inch slices and place in a 9×13 baking pan. Make sure you have space between each of the rolls so that they have room to spread when they rise. This is the tough part. Put them back in the warming drawer (or warm area) and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

*This is where I would recommend making these earlier in the morning. If you haven’t eaten breakfast and have promised your family that you’re making cinnamon rolls for breakfast, they will go nuts and grow impatient with having to wait. My breakfast turned into a lunch-time treat.

Once they have risen, put in a 400˚F oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. The rolls should be gently sun-kissed brown. While the rolls are in the oven, make the frosting by mixing together the cream cheese, milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.

Take the rolls out of the oven and drizzle (or drench) the frosting over them. As PW says, “Don’t be afraid to drown them puppies”.

I’m a little obsessed.

Here’s one close-up.

And here’s one with BACON inside.

Oh. My. Lanta.

And then if you flip it over…

Ok. You get the picture. These are BOMB.

Make em now with this handy print out!

Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 1 cup of whole or 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1/2 cup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat up milk, oil and 1/4 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan (should not get to a boil).
  2. Remove from the stove and let it cool. Once the mixture is warm add the yeast and let it sit for 2 minutes.
  3. Using a stand mixer, add in the 2 cups of flour + 2 tablespoons. Use the dough hook for your Kitchen Aid mixer. Mix until the dough starts to pull away. If it the dough is still sticky, add a little more flour.
  4. Cover the dough with a cup towel or plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm place. I used the warming drawer in my kitchen but a slightly warm oven is fine too (use the lowest oven setting, or even just leave the oven light on to create warmth). Let the dough rise for an hour. After an hour, take the dough out and add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Flour your countertop or working surface and gently roll the dough into a long rectangle.
  6. Melt the butter in a microwave and spread evenly over the dough.
  7. Sprinkle the brown sugar, the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon on top and spread evenly.
  8. Gently roll the dough from one end and pull tightly as you roll until you have formed a long log.
  9. Using a bench scraper or knife, gently cut the log into 1 1/2-2 inch slices and place in a 9×13 baking pan. Make sure you have space between each of the rolls so that they have room to spread when they rise. Put them back in the warming drawer (or warm area) and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  10. Once they have risen, put in a 400 degree oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. The rolls should be gently sun-kissed brown.
  11. While the rolls are in the oven, make the frosting by mixing together the cream cheese, milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
  12. Take the rolls out of the oven and drizzle the frosting over them.
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3 thoughts on “Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Hi Christine! Your rolls look fantastic and what a great idea with the bacon! Thank you for the mention and I am so happy that we have both found success with The Pioneer Woman’s rolls!

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