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December 27, 2010

When I was growing up, my mom made cinnamon rolls from a can.  You know the ones….you crack the canister against the kitchen counter to break it open; the odd cinnamon topping; the plastic container of icing.  Those were mornings I looked forward to.  It was always a race to see who could get to the roll in the middle that didn’t have any edges hitting the baking pan.  When no one was looking, I’d run my finger around the bottom of the pan, scooping up the icing that ran off the rolls.

Don’t mistake this post to mean that I haven’t followed in my mom’s footsteps.  I crack a mean canister of cinnamon rolls against the kitchen counter several times a year, but not at Christmas.   Christmas is for fresh, over the top, hot out of the oven, home-made cinnamon rolls.

Ever since YJ was 2 years old, our Christmas morning has been December 24.  That’s the day YJ would wake up to find that Santa had indeed found him on the nice list and left presents under the tree.  I tell you this only because this year, YJ has joined the class of full-time employed and he had to work 1/2 day on Christmas Eve.  That threw a wrench into my Christmas tradition.  No early morning present opening with the smell of cinnamon rolls wafting from the kitchen.  Nope, he had to be out of the house by 7:00 a.m.  That’s when I decided that I would make the cinnamon rolls anyway and send them to work with YJ. 

This year, instead of making the dough by hand, I resorted to a very under-used kitchen tool, the bread machine, to mix the dough and let it rise.  I have to admit, it was really great to throw everything into the machine and head out to dinner, knowing that when I returned home, the mixing, kneading and rising would be done.  All I had to do was roll the dough, spread the filling, cut them into rolls and pop the pans in the refrigerator for a long slow rise before baking in the morning.

I took the pans out of the oven about an hour before I was going to bake them so they would come to room temperature and finish the rise.  Worked perfectly.

This is a bit of an odd recipe, because of the addition of dry instant pudding mix.  It really does add a nice under-note of vanilla to the flavor, but you could use vanilla extract as well. 

Cinnamon Rolls (bread machine version)

Dough
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup (about 1/2 of a 3.4 oz box) instant vanilla pudding mix, dry
1 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups flour (AP or bread flour)
2 1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast

Filling
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp cinnamon

Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1-1/2 tsp milk

Dough:
Place ingredients in machine, following manufacturers directions.  (Generally this is wet on the bottom, followed by dry with the yeast on top.)  Set the machine for dough cycle.  After the cycle is complete, remove and roll out to an approximate 17 x 10 rectangle.

Filling:
Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.  Spread softened butter over the dough then top with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.  Roll tightly from the long end, pinching the edges closed when completely rolled.  Slice into 1/2-inch slices (or larger if it thicker roll is preferred.)

Place slices, cut side down, into greased 9 inch cake pans, about 8 rolls to a pan.  Let rise until doubled.  Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes until golden. 

Frosting:
Mix together the cream cheese and butter.  Slowly add in the confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla.  Mix until well blended.  Spread on rolls, right out of the oven. 

These rolls are best when served right out of the oven.  Any leftovers should be kept tightly wrapped on the counter.  A quick spin through the microwave for about 15 seconds will make them taste oven fresh. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Clinton permalink
    September 24, 2014 1:32 pm

    Terrific post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?

    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.

    Kudos!

  2. Klp permalink
    December 27, 2010 6:26 pm

    I remember those bang up rolls… They were great and my sisters and I would gobble them up. We’re going to have to give this recipe a try , maybe this week while I’m still off from work!
    Thanks Maureen, hope you and your family have a happy new year!

  3. December 27, 2010 5:34 pm

    que delicia deve ser !!

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