Thursday, May 7, 2009

Crowd Pleaser Cinnamon Rolls

I may have found a new favorite for my cinnamon roll recipe. Most people try a million chooclate chip recipes--I finally found one I love--but I am looking for the perfect cinnamon rolls. This recipe from Better Homes and Gardens is really great, and really easy. This picture also belongs to them--ours actually wound up looking very similar to these! Next time I make them I will be sure to take my own picture! For some reason I've been forgetting lately.

Crowd Pleaser Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 12

4 to 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 pkg fast rising active dry yeast
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup cooking oil
½ teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
¼ cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
1 t light colored corn syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla
Milk to reach drizzling consistency for icing (about 2 T)

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour and yeast. In small saucepan, combine milk, water, the ½ cup sugar, oil, and salt. Heat; stir over medium heat just until warm.
2. Add milk mixture and egg yolks to dry mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl often. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour in as you can.
3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that’s smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes). Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
4. Roll out dough to form a 14x12 inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter or margarine. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1/3 cup cinnamon and sugar.
5. Roll up, jelly roll style, starting from long side. Seal seam. Slice into 12 pieces. Place in greased 9x13 pan. Cover; let rise in warm place until nearly doubled (20 minutes).
6. Bake in a 375 oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly; remove from pan. Frost warm rolls with vanilla icing. Serve rolls warm or cool on a wire rack. Makes 12 rolls.
Vanilla Glaze:
In a small bowl, stir together 1 ¼ cups sifted powdered sugar, 1 t light colored corn syrup, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Add enough milk to reach drizzling consistency.