My mom was the first one I learned to make cinnamon rolls from. She would just take bread dough and add sugar, cream, and cinnamon roll it up and boy we thought that was a treat. As the years have gone on and I got married I watched my mother-in-law make cinnamon rolls with the paste in the middle. I worked at making these with a sweeter dough and now according to anyone who eats them, they are the best they have ever tasted. At Christmas time I used to buy donuts to eat Christmas morning, but my kids begin begging for me to have my cinnamon rolls because they are better than any donut you can buy, even Krispie Creams. So this has become our Christmas morning tradition, Mom's Cinnamon Rolls and hot chocolate or milk. This may seem like a long process, but the end result is so worth it. Your family and friends will love you forever! I even had one guy at church tell me that if he weren't already married and I weren't already married, he would marry me just for my rolls! My Goodness!
Put the yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water with 1/2 tsp of sugar and set aside.
In a microwaveable bowl add the 3 cups of milk. If you use evaporated milk, add one can of milk and fill the can with hot water to make up the 3 cups of diluted evaporated milk. Add 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of butter,and 4 tsp of salt. Put in the microwave for 3 minutes.
While that is heating, in your bread making bowl put the 4 eggs.
When the milk, sugar, butter, and salt are through heating stir and add to the eggs and then add the yeast.
Add 5-6 cups of flour and turn on mixer and let that mix thoroughly. Continue adding flour one cup at a time until the dough is smooth, soft, and doesn't stick to your fingers in a pinch test. Don't overdo the flour or your rolls will be tough. Let the dough mix for about 5 minutes or so and then place in a greased bowl to rise for 20 minutes punch down once and let rise again.
While dough is rising, in a mixing bowl add 4 cups of sugar, 1 cup of softened butter(butter is best but can use margarine), and 1/4 cup cinnamon. Mix this together until it forms a paste that you can spread with a spatula. (If it seems grainy add a little bit of hot water at a time until you have the right consistency that spreads smoothly.)
After the dough has risen twice take dough and divide into 3 to 4 equal parts. Roll into a rectangular shape to as thin as you can get it on all edges and in the middle. Spread a layer of cinnamon sugar paste all over clear to the edges and roll up dough and cut with a serrated edged knife. Place rolls on a greased jelly roll pan or in 9 x 13 pan.
For rolls that touch each other place them in 9 x 13 pan not touching and as they rise and bake they will grow together. For single rolls place on jelly roll pan 3 across and 3 down.
After rolls are in the pans let rise another 15 to 20 minutes. After that preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake rolls for 15 min or more Until golden brown, depending on your oven temp, but do not over bake or they will be tough later.
While rolls are baking take 5 cups of powdered sugar, 1 cup of softened butter, 2 tsp of vanilla. Put in mixer and mix adding milk until the consistency of a smooth, creamy frosting. Once the rolls are out of the oven spread frosting over hot rolls. If you did individual rolls let cool for about 5 to 10 minutes and loosen them from the pan.
You can freeze rolls for later and reheat in microwave.