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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Comfort food is always in season! Personally, I have really fond memories of waking up to cinnamon rolls out at my family’s camp. Now, they were always store bought. And we wouldn’t even get a whole one, because we had to share between all seven cousins. But my Grandma would go out of her way to treat us- and that meant the world to us. And not to dishonor my Grandma’s memory, but I think that this recipe is an improvement on the store bought ones of old. First of all, I made them from scratch. And secondly, I made them. From scratch.

And they came out SO good!

The dough is actually a quick, no-yeast biscuit recipe that I upcycled into a sensational sweet bread base. From there, I used brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter for the filling mixture. And no cinnamon roll would be truly completely without frosting. So I topped the fully cooked rolls with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting that has maple extract in it. And YUM! They were really pretty easy to make and tasted insanely delicious.

Just an FYI, there is a discrepancy between the video and the recipe: I doubled the biscuit recipe off camera. But then I showed rolling out all of the dough on camera. So if you decide to cut the recipe in half, it will look exactly like the assembly footage… except your finished cinnamon rolls will be more modestly proportioned. (My recipe made some truly impressive cinnamon rolls!) So, just in case anyone notices: no- you’re not crazy. The video is different from the recipe. But this recipe is exactly what I used- I just wanted more of it.

Watch the recipe video!

Recipe

AuthorMackieDifficultyBeginner

Dough
 4 cups Flour
 2 tbsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Salt
 1 cup Shortening
 2 Eggs
 1 ½ cups Milk
Cinnamon Filling
 ½ cup Butter, soft
 1 cup Brown sugar
 2 tbsp Cinnamon
Frosting
 ¼ cup Butter
 4 oz Cream cheese
 2 cups Confectioners' sugar
 ½ tsp Maple extract

1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Crack the eggs into a measuring cup and add the milk to the same measuring cup- with the eggs still inside- until the liquid measure reads 1 1/2 cups. Add the shortening and the liquid ingredients into the bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed, using your hands if necessary.

3

Roll the dough into a rectangle and dot with the butter. Spread the brown sugar over the surface and sprinkle with cinnamon. Starting with the longer side, roll the dough into a log. Cut the log into quarters; then cut each section into thirds.

4

Set the individual cinnamon rolls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Space each cinnamon roll so that they will retain their circular shape. Bake for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

5

Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and maple extract and beat until homogenous. Spread over the top of the cooked cinnamon rolls.

Ingredients

Dough
 4 cups Flour
 2 tbsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Salt
 1 cup Shortening
 2 Eggs
 1 ½ cups Milk
Cinnamon Filling
 ½ cup Butter, soft
 1 cup Brown sugar
 2 tbsp Cinnamon
Frosting
 ¼ cup Butter
 4 oz Cream cheese
 2 cups Confectioners' sugar
 ½ tsp Maple extract

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Crack the eggs into a measuring cup and add the milk to the same measuring cup- with the eggs still inside- until the liquid measure reads 1 1/2 cups. Add the shortening and the liquid ingredients into the bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed, using your hands if necessary.

3

Roll the dough into a rectangle and dot with the butter. Spread the brown sugar over the surface and sprinkle with cinnamon. Starting with the longer side, roll the dough into a log. Cut the log into quarters; then cut each section into thirds.

4

Set the individual cinnamon rolls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Space each cinnamon roll so that they will retain their circular shape. Bake for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

5

Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and maple extract and beat until homogenous. Spread over the top of the cooked cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Rolls

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