Arlene's Prize-Winning Cinnamon Rolls
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!
Makes about 15 - 18 rolls.
unbleached white flour
crisco vegetable shortening
pure vanilla extract
cream or half & half
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.