Best Cinnamon Rolls
Best Cinnamon Rolls

Best Cinnamon Rolls

Best Cinnamon Rolls
Best Cinnamon Rolls

Best Cinnamon Rolls are easy to make from scratch and come out soft with gooey filling every time!  This cinnamon roll recipe can be baked right away or made overnight!

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Stick Butter (1/2 Cup) Softened
  • 2 Large Eggs Room Temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4-5 Cups All Purpose Flour

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1 Stick Butter Softened
  • 3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch Salt

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 1/2 Stick Butter Softened
  • 3 Ounces Cream Cheese Softened
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Milk or Orange Juice
  • OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract Almond Extract, Orange Extract, or Maple Extract

Instructions

FOR THE DOUGH:

  1. Warm the milk in a medium bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute, or on the stove top in a small saucepan over low heat for 2-3 minutes.Then, pour the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. (Alternatively, pour the milk into a large mixing bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer and are making by hand).
  2. Whisk the sugar and yeast into the milk just until mostly dissolved. Allow the milk mixture to sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
  3. Cut the softened butter into 6 chunks and add to the mixer. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes.
  4. With the mixer on low, beat in the eggs one at a time, and then the salt.
  5. Turn the mixer off and add in 2 cups of flour. Beat on low speed, gradually adding the remaining flour just until the dough is not sticking to the bowl.
  6. Turn the mixer off and add in 2 more cups of the flour. Then, beat on low speed for 1 minute, turn the mixer off and check the dough. It should feel tacky but not sticky. If it feels sticky add 1/2-1 cup more flour, beating in between additions until no longer sticky.
  7. Turn the mixer up to medium speed, and beat the dough for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  8. Remove the dough from the hook and place on a lightly floured surface, then form the dough into a ball.
  9. Place the dough into a large, greased mixing bowl. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Alternately, Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, then turn the oven off. Place the bowl inside the oven and rise for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  10. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of butter.
  11. Punch the dough down, then, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, making sure it has even thickness. (About 1/4 inch thick).

FOR THE FILLING:

  1. Use a brush, or a spatula to spread the softened butter evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch edge around the border.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Then, sprinkle evenly over the dough, pressing down slightly with your hands so that the filling sticks.
  3. Beginning at the longest edge closest to you, roll the dough tightly into a log, about 16-18 inches long.
  4. Using a serrated knife, slice the dough into rolls about 1 1/2 inches thick to yield 12 rolls total.
  5. Place the rolls evenly in the prepared baking pan.
  6. If baking the rolls the same day, cover them in the pan and allow them to rise in a warm place (or warm oven) for 1-2 hours, until doubled in size. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  7. If making overnight cinnamon rolls, cover the pan tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place for 2 hours before baking.

FOR THE FROSTING:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or a large bowl if using a hand mixer, combine the softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon of milk or juice, along with extract of your choice and beat on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until combined. Add an extra Tablespoon of milk or juice if necessary to thin the frosting out more. Frost rolls as desired.
Best Cinnamon Rolls
Best Cinnamon Rolls

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