Cinnamon Rolls

While reading a pile of short stories to pass the time I came across a random character making cinnamon rolls and describing them to a mouth-watering concoction. So I had to make a batch as well. I’ve never made them from scratch before so this will be interesting. I needed to make a version that didn’t require over-night refrigeration of the dough. So here is a quick version of a cinnamon roll.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

Dough

  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (0.25 ounce) package instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg

Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Step 1: In a small bowl, add warm milk and melted butter; set aside.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well.

Step 3: Add water, egg, and the milk mixture; beat well.

Step 4: Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.

Step 5: When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.

Step 6: Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.

Step 7: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, softened butter.

Step 8: Roll out dough into a 12×9 inch rectangle.

Step 9: Spread dough with butter/sugar mixture and sprinkle with raisins and walnuts if desired.

Step 10: Roll up dough and pinch seam to seal. (I find cutting them into strips before rolling helps with getting more swirling in the center)

Step 11: Cut into 12 equal size rolls, place cut side up in 12 lightly greased muffin cups or in a 12×9-inch baking pan, and top with remaining filling.

Step 12: Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Step 13: Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 14: Bake for 20 minutes in muffin pan or 35-40 minutes in 9×12-inch baking pan, or until browned.

Step 15: Remove from pan to cool.

Step 16: Serve warm

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