Arlene Lickiss Recipe

Arlene's Prize-Winning Cinnamon Rolls

By Arlene Lickiss foxart58

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Makes about 15 - 18 rolls.
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Arlene's Story

My go-to recipe for cinnamon rolls or just plain dinner rolls. I won 2 awards at the Stafford KS County Fair, Hudson Cream Flour Bake-fest with these, along with overwhelming approval from friends and family!


3 1/2 c
unbleached white flour
1 pkg
quick-rise yeast
1 1/4 c
1/4 c
white sugar
1/4 c
crisco vegetable shortening
1 tsp
1/4 c
butter, softened
1/4 c
white sugar
1 tsp
2 Tbsp
butter, melted
1 c
powdered sugar
1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp
cream or half & half

Directions Step-By-Step

In large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour with yeast. Using a microwave safe 2 cup measuring cup, heat milk, sugar, and Crisco to very warm-about 130F. Add to flour mixture, mix well and let rest for a few minutes.
Add egg and salt, mix for 3 minutes with electric mixer or by hand with a wire whisk. Stir in remaining 2 cups flour with large rubber spatula, adding the 2nd cup gradually until a soft dough forms.(Humidity may affect texture of dough and amount of flour needed)Spray a clean mixing bowl with cooking spray, place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Dough may be placed in refrigerator to rise overnight, or left to rise at room temperature for immediate use.
After dough has doubled in size, punch down and let rest for 5 minutes. On a large floured surface, roll dough into a large rectangle. Spread with softened butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll up tightly and pinch seam together. Cut into 1 inch slices with sharp knife. Place slices evenly on large (approx. 12" X 16") sheet cake pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with clean dish towel or waxed paper and let rise until double. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake rolls for approx. 10-15 minutes until they are light golden brown. Watch rolls closely! Remove from oven.
For the icing, melt butter in microwave safe dish until it boils. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add vanilla and cream until icing is thin enough to drizzle over warm rolls.
Options and helpful hints: Substitute about 1/2 cup whole wheat flour for the white flour when mixing with yeast. Sometimes the dough has to be kneaded a few times to reach the right consistency and more or less flour may be needed. Use a long piece of dental floss to cut slices...slide floss underneath, cross at top and pull through dough. Maple flavoring and chopped pecans may be added to the icing for a different taste experience.

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dennis brady dennisbrady57
Dec 9, 2013
Very tasty. Thank u
Ceci Rang Ceci2468
Sep 30, 2013
This is pretty much how I make mine except in the icing, I use sweet wine (Manischewitz) instead of cream or half and half.
Arlene Lickiss foxart58
Sep 18, 2013
Thanks, Donna! I've made these so often, I have the recipe memorized.
DONNA RIVERS dmrcfield
Jun 30, 2013
absolutely the best rolls ever
Bobby Webb Bobdoescooking
Jun 14, 2013
Hi, You have been PINCHED!!! This sound great. I will try this soon. BOBBY