Cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious. OK, so there's a lot of fat and calories. But let's look at the bigger picture: Making these beauties in your own home means amazing smells for days. This particular recipe replicates the buttery, cinnamon-sugary goodness of the famous Cinnabon cinnamon rolls -- just thinking about them makes my mouth water.
Go on, you deserve it!
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls from Food.com:
For the rolls:
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 ounce dry yeast (2 packages)
- 3 1/2 ounce package instant vanilla pudding
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 6 cups flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon
For the frosting:
- 1/2 cup margarine, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
Start with the frosting by mixing all ingredients together. When thoroughly blended, set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a bowl, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Stir until dissolved. In another bowl prepare pudding mix according to directions on package. Then add salt, eggs, and margarine. Mix well. Add in your yeast mixture, and blend all together. Gradually add the flour, and slowly knead all items until smooth.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 30 minutes. Then knead the dough some more, and let rise again, covered, for another 20 minutes.
Roll out the dough on a large, floured surface. Should be roughly 34 x 21 inches. Spread 1 cup of melted butter over surface. Then, mix together your brown sugar and cinnamon, and spread over the top as well.
Carefully roll your cinnamon dough, tightly. Once dough is in one long log, slice the log every 2 to 3 inches. Place individual cinnamon buns on a lightly greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Press down on each roll, cover your tray, and allow them time to rise one last time. Then bake your rolls until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Once rolls are done, top with cream cheese frosting and enjoy!
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