Homemade Cinnamon Rolls: Sweet Swirls of Goodness

🌀🍥 Get ready to fill your home with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked goodness with our Cinnamon Rolls recipe! Soft, fluffy, and oozing with cinnamon-sugar goodness, these homemade treats are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime you need a little sweetness in your life. Let's roll up our sleeves and dive into the delightful world of homemade cinnamon rolls!


📝 Ingredients for Dough:

  • 1 cup warm milk (110°F/45°C)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

📝 Ingredients for Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

📝 Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

👩‍🍳 Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Activate the Yeast: In a large mixing bowl, combine warm milk, active dry yeast, and a pinch of sugar. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, until foamy.

  2. Mix the Dough: To the yeast mixture, add melted butter, remaining sugar, eggs, flour, and salt. Mix until a soft dough forms.

  3. Knead the Dough: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes, until it's smooth and elastic.

  4. First Rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

  5. Roll Out the Dough: Punch down the risen dough and roll it out into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.

  6. Spread the Filling: Spread softened butter over the rolled-out dough, then sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon.

  7. Roll Up the Dough: Starting from one long side, tightly roll the dough into a log. Pinch the seam to seal.

  8. Slice the Rolls: Cut the rolled dough into 12 equal-sized slices using a sharp knife or dental floss.

  9. Second Rise: Place the cinnamon rolls in a greased baking dish, cover with a kitchen towel, and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes, until puffy.

  10. Bake to Perfection: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the risen cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant.

  11. Make the Frosting: While the rolls are baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting by beating together softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until smooth and creamy.

  12. Frost and Serve: Once the cinnamon rolls are out of the oven and slightly cooled, generously spread the cream cheese frosting over the tops. Serve warm and enjoy every sweet, gooey bite!

Indulge in the heavenly goodness of homemade Cinnamon Rolls, where every swirl is a celebration of sweetness and warmth. Whether it's a lazy weekend morning or a special occasion, these soft, fluffy treats are sure to bring joy to your table. Let's bake up some love and create memories one roll at a time! 🍥🌀✨

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