These are so easy. Everyone always asks for the recipe and I am usually embarrassed about how easy they are. I often keep a bag of the first four ingredients mixed up and then if I am in a hurry all I have to do is add water. I bake these on Christmas eve and divide them into four smaller pans and send one pan home with each of my adult children so they have something special for Christmas morning.
1Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add the hot water and mix well. Cover and let rise until double.
Punch down. (I often substitute up to one cup of the whole wheat flour with ground flax seed, wheat germ, etc to increase the health factor.)
2Grease one jelly roll pan (10x15) or two 9 x 13 pan well.
3Melt the butter.
4Mix the sugars and cinnamon together.
5Roll out the dough into a large rectangle that is about 1/2" thick. Coat with the butter, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the dough. Add raisins and nuts if desired.
6Roll into a long log and then cut into 1" slices. Place in pan with about 1/4" room between rolls. Let them rise until they touch.
7Bake in a 350 oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
8Remove and frost with a cream cheese frosting if desired.
9Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 stick softened butter
1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese
1 t. vanilla
Mix well and then add powdered sugar to desired consistency.
10It is also easy to make these into caramel rolls by melting butter in the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle brown sugar and nuts over that. Then add the rolls on top of this. When you remove them from the oven, invert immediately and let the gooey caramel drip over them. I usually use the 9x13 pans if I am going to make the caramel rolls.