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Cinnamon Rolls

You guys, I’ve been moping for the past week.
I don’t know if it’s because this month is almost over, or if this is what they call ‘seasonal depression’, or if I am just in a funk.

I am really good at staying positive and snapping myself out of bad moods, but sometimes it just feels good to be sad and lazy for a while.
So lately, I really haven’t done anything except take naps and watch The Twilight Zone and mope.
But after several days of staying sad, I needed to snap myself out of it and keep my mind busy. So I made cinnamon rolls.

Recipe by The Pioneer Woman
Makes four 8″ cake pans with 7-8 rolls per pan.

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2¼ tsp. active dry yeast
  • 4½ cups AP flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tbsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅛ cup cinnamon
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. maple flavoring
  • ¼-½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • ⅛ cup strong brewed coffee
  • pinch of salt

Combine 2 cups milk, vegetable oil, and ½ cup sugar in a large saucepot. Scald, then remove from heat and let cool to about 100℉-110℉ (this took about 45 minutes).
Sprinkle yeast over milk mixture and let sit 2 minutes. Stir in 4 cups flour. Cover and let rise 1-1½ hours.
Fold in remaining ½ cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Turn out onto a well-floured surface and roll to a large rectangle, about ¼” thick. Brush dough with 1 cup melted butter, then sprinkle with 1 cup sugar and ⅛ cup cinnamon. Starting at far end, roll tightly towards yourself until you get to the end. Pinch the seam together. Slice dough into 1″ thick rolls and lay in lightly buttered cake pans. Let rolls rest 30 minutes. While rolls are resting, preheat oven to 375℉.
Once oven is hot, bake cinnamon rolls for 15-20 minutes until just starting to turn brown.

For glaze: combine melted butter, milk, maple flavoring, and coffee. Add pinch of salt. Gradually sift in powdered sugar and mix well. The glaze should be thick, but pourable. While rolls are still warm, pour glaze over top.

I made these cinnamon rolls at night, and only snapped these two quick pictures on my phone.
And when I woke up the next day to take a picture, they were gone. Completely.
True story.


3 comments on “Cinnamon Rolls

  1. thatswhatdivasaid
    March 29, 2013

    I love cinnamon rolls, especially for breakfast. What a tasy and sweet way to start the day!

  2. salsachica
    March 29, 2013

    Oh my yum! Cinnamon rolls are the best! Whenever I’m sad I’d always bake something , it feels good to manifest those emotions into something edible! I hope you’ll better soon!

    • britwolfe
      April 8, 2013

      It’s the best way to heal quickly! And I’m feeling much better, thank you 🙂

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