Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls

The best ever Valentine's Day treat!

Maren's Cinnamon Rolls

Pour into microwaveable bowl and heat in microwave for 4 minutes:

2 1/2 Cups tap water, cold
2 1/2 Cups cold milk

Put into Bosch (or any bread mixer) and mix:
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons salt
Add heated water and milk

Sprinkle 2 heaping Tablespoons Red Star Yeast onto top of mixture - mix a little to moisten yeast

Let the yeast rise 4-5 minutes

Add 12-13 cups flour, 1 cup at a time. Keep adding flour until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, but is still sticky. Do not add too much flour. Let beat on lowest speed for 4-5 minutes.

Transfer to another bowl and cover and let rise until it doubles and reaches the top of the bowl - about 45-60 minutes.

Roll out ¼ of dough at a time, spread 1/4 cup melted butter, then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on rolled out dough.

Roll dough like a jellyroll and ‘slice’ with thread into 12 rolls. Place into greased jellyroll pan.
Cover and raise 20 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cube softened butter.
1 pkg. cream cheese
3 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together and frost cinnamon rolls while still hot.

I have to say this is the best out of my 3 favorite cinnamon roll recipe's! This recipe just works - every time! A great tip from Maren is to use a portion of the dough for regular dinner rolls. So, on Sunday mornings we have adopted her tradition of having cinnamon rolls for brunch, (I roll out the dinner rolls crossant style, let them rise, then cover & put the dough in the refrigerator) and freshly baked rolls for dinner!

Maren made over 125 dozen of these little beauties for our tweens to sell for girls camp. It was an incredible fundraiser! Many of the girls sold enough to pay their entire way to camp! We packaged these frozen, and the idea was that people could let them rise over night, and bake them themselves Valentine's Day morning. Yum!

These would be a great gift at Christmas or Easter as well!

Here are the directions that came with the frozen rolls:

Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls

Put cinnamon rolls in the freezer until the night before making them. When ready to thaw, place them in a greased 9*13 baking dish and let set overnight (6-7 hours) on the counter. Place frosting bag in the refrigerator.

In the morning the rolls should have risen sufficiently to cook. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and frost with all the cream cheese frosting while the rolls are still hot.

Happy Valentine’s Day!