Cinnamon Rolls

Every girl needs to have a great cinnamon roll recipe in their arsenal in order to please her family. Mostly, the man in her life. And my husband is no exception to this rule. He had been teasing me for a while about being able to make cookies and cakes and brownies and yet, I had never tried my hand at cinnamon rolls. To tell you the truth I always looked at cinnamon rolls as kind of a long process in which if I made one wrong move then the whole batch would have to be thrown out, and I hate wasting food!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups of Whole Milk

  • 1 Cup of Vegetable Oil

  • 1 Cup  of Granulated White Sugar

  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets

  • 8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Reserved) All-purpose Flour

  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder

  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda

  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt

  • Plenty Of Melted Butter

  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar

  • Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon

  • Moderate Sprinkling of Nutmeg

  • MAPLE FROSTING:

  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar

  • 2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring

  • 1/2 cup Milk

  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter

  • 1/4 cup Brewed Coffee

  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

I like to use a really heavy pot to make the dough, so I opted into using my Dutch oven. On medium /high heat (I have a gas stove) add in the 4 Cups of Whole Milk, 1 Cup of white granulated sugar and 1 Cup of vegetable oil.

  Whisk gently all together carefully not scalding the milk. Just until the mixture looks as though it is going to start to boil. Turn off the heat and move to a spot where it can cool down slightly to a warm temp. Roughly, this took about 30 minutes for me. 

Once the milk mixture reaches the warm state, sprinkle in the 1 TBS of yeast, or 2 of the small packages you find at the store.  I just buy mine in bulk to save money. DO NOT stir right away, let it sit on top of the milk mixture for about a minute or so.