Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

I've taken a bit of a break from blogging over the holiday season, but I'm back and ready to (hopefully) be more consistent with my blogging in 2014! We had a wonderful Christmas and were thankful for the week we spent in Virginia with our families. We got to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my parents (the first we've done that since we've been married!), and I made these cinnamon rolls for our Christmas morning breakfast. I put together the sweet-roll dough the night before and left it in the fridge overnight, so that in the morning I just had to prepare the cinnamon rolls. The recipe is surprisingly easy, so if you're craving some warm, gooey cinnamon rolls while we endure these frigid temps, these are just the thing :)

Classic Cinnamon Rolls
for the rolls:
1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
flour, for dusting
1 batch sweet-roll dough (recipe below)

for the glaze:
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Make the rolls: Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10x18-inch rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on one of the long sides. Top with the cinnamon sugar. Brush the clean border with water. Tightly roll the dough into an 18-inch log, rolling toward the clean border; pinch the seam to seal.

Slip a long taut piece of thread or unflavored floss under the roll, about 1 1/2 inches from the end. Lift the ends of the thread and cross over the roll, pulling tightly to cut off a piece. Repeat, cutting every 1 1/2 inches, to make 12 rolls. Place the rolls in the prepared baking dish.

Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap and let rice in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the rolls and bake until they spring back when pressed, 25-30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan.

Make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners' sugar, melted butter, milk, vanilla and salt in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the warm rolls.

sweet-roll dough:
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled, plus more for brushing
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 tsp salt

Warm 1/2 cup water and the milk in a saucepan over low heat until a thermometer registers 100-110 degrees F. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the yeast on top, then sprinkle with a pinch of the sugar; set aside, undisturbed, until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Whisk the melted butter, egg yolk and vanilla into the yeast mixture until combined. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, the remaining sugar, and the salt. Make a well in the center, then add the yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to make a thick and slightly sticky dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until soft and elastic, about 6 minutes. Shape into a ball.

Brush a large bowl with butter. Add the dough, turning to coat lightly with the butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until the dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Turn the dough out of the bowl and knead briefly to release excess air; re-form into a ball and return to the bowl. Lightly butter a piece of plastic wrap and lay it directly on the surface of the dough. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

source: recipe from food network


  1. YUMMY!! I always cheat and buy the pre made Trader Joes ones, but nothing beats homemade!

  2. wow. these look divine. making homemade rolls is on my to-do list when we leave the city and i finally have some counter space!