Sunday, March 21, 2010

Warm Gooey Center - Cinnamon rolls

The dough recipe is my grandma's and the filling is a BHG. These are a perfectly gooey breakfast or afternoon snack.

Sweet Roll Dough
1 pkg. yeast, 1/4 C warm water, 1 TBSP sugar - mix together in a bowl and cover. Let sit while you are mixing up the other ingredients.

yeast mix just after mixed
yeast mix after sitting, bubbles on surface of mixture

In a liquid measuring cup, place 1 C milk and 1/2 C butter. Microwave until butter melts.

In a large mixing bowl combine 2 eggs, 1/4 C sugar, 1 tsp salt (I omit this because I buy salted butter) once mixed, slowly stir in milk-butter mixture then add yeast mixture. Add 4 C of flour, stir until well mixed. I used 2 C whole wheat and 2 C all-purpose unbleached white flour. You may need to add approximately 1/4 C of additional flour to reach a non-sticky dough. Cover dough and let rise until double in size (~1 hour).
Dough prior to rising

Dough has risen!

Make filling while dough is rising.
Filling ingredients:
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
combine filling ingredients. Melt butter (sorry I don't remember how much probably a 1/4 C to 1/3 C) and spread on rolled dough. Evenly sprinkle sugar mixture over dough and top with raisins. The amount of raisin depends on taste but I usually use around a 1/2 C. Also, omit raisins if you don't want them in the rolls.
Roll dough, starting at long edge, trying to keep fairly tight. Can brush a little milk or butter on edge of dough to seal. Cut roll into (~1/2 in) buns. Lay buns into a greased 9x13 in pan. Bake on 375 degrees for about 20 to 25 min.
cinnamon-sugar mix
with raisins!

Rolled and cut
rolls in pan ready to bake
While cinnamon rolls are baking and filling your home with its wonderful aroma, whip up some cream cheese frosting.
Bear with me here because I made up a frosting recipe by combining aspects of a couple of recipes. I wanted cream cheese frosting but I didn't want it heavy like the cc frosting you would put on a carrot cake. So, this is what I did - mixed 3 oz softened light cream cheese with 1 or 2 tsp. vanilla until smooth. I added powdered sugar (maybe 1 C) and some milk (1 TBSP) to make it a nice creamy consistency.Frost lightly cooled rolls and enjoy the warm gooey goodness!


  1. Those. look. DELICIOUS! I wish I had one in my face RIGHT NOW. Well done!

  2. I wasn't sure what to comment about these. But, I think my behavior speaks better of my feelings. When I'm feeling kinda hungry, I just come look at a picture of these and feel pretty happy. I've looked at them at least a dozen times this last week.