Homemade cinnamon rolls are a favorite and Saturday staple around here. The recipe below makes enough to fill 2 – 9 x 13s. I usually put one in the freezer for later and the other we eat immediately or the next morning.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
This recipe is adapted from Heavenly Homemakers.
For the rolls:
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 Tb yeast
- 2 Tb honey
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 8 cups flour (give or take a cup)
In a large mixing bowl, mix together your yeast, water, and (2Tb) honey. While that sits for a few minutes, melt butter in a saucepan, stir in (1/2 cup) honey, milk, and salt until almost simmering. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the yeast mixture~ whisking the entire time. Begin adding your flour.
Once it’s dry enough to handle, knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. Put the dough in a bowl, cover it and let it rise 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
After the dough has doubled (roughly) in size, punch it down and knead for 1-2 minutes. Cut the dough in half, setting one half aside.
On a well-floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick.
For the sweet filling:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tb cinnamon
Melt your butter and combine the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl. I use a pastry brush to spread half the butter on the first rectangle. Then sprinkle on half of your sugar/cinnamon mix. Roll it up, slice it (I do about 1 1/2 inches thick), and put them into your 9 x 13. Do the same thing with the other half of your dough.
Bake at 350 for 25-35 depending on your oven. Ours takes right at 31 minutes to be as done as we like them. Some people like theirs more or less gooey.
For the icing:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 Tb milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 cups powdered sugar (depending on the sweetness and consistency desired)
Melt your butter and remove from heat. Whisk in the vanilla, milk, and powdered sugar until you’ve reached your preferred sweetness and consistency. Try to resist icing the rolls immediately! Just give it a few minutes, it’s worth the wait. I promise!