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Cinnamon Rolls

These rich and tender rolls have just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar, and the decadent cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping.

8

Servings

180 Mins

Prep Time

40 Mins

Cook Time

Prep

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Bloom the Yeast

Measure and combine the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer set with the hook attachment. Let the yeast sit for 5 minutes to bloom. Blooming the yeast is especially important when using fresh yeast to ensure it is still active.

  • Active Dry Yeast(rapid rise preferred)2 tsps.
  • Water(lukewarm)2 Tbsps.
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Begin Mixing the Dough

After the yeast is bloomed, add the ingredients listed below and mix on low speed for 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • Whole Milk(warm)1 cup
  • All Purpose Flour4 ½ cups
  • Granulated Sugar½ cup
  • Kosher Salt1 ½ tsps.
  • Unsalted Butter(softened, diced)6 Tbsps.
  • Large Eggs2
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Increase to Medium Speed

Continue mixing the dough on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. The dough should look fairly smooth.

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Knead the Dough

Transfer the dough to a clean surface and knead until smooth, no more than 2 minutes.

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Prepare the Dough for Proofing

Spray a bowl with nonstick spray and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Continue with the recipe while the dough is proofing.

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Begin Mixing the Frosting

In the bowl of a stand mixer set with the paddle attachment, add the butter and salt. Start the mixer at low speed and slowly increase to medium. Mix for about 1 minute or until combined.

  • Unsalted Butter(softened)½ cup
  • Kosher Salt⅛ tsp.
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Stop and Scrape Down

Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl.

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Add the Remaining Ingredients and Continue Mixing

Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Start the mixer at low speed and slowly increase to medium. Mix for about 1 minute or until combined.

  • Powdered Sugar1 ½ cups
  • Vanilla Extract1 tsp.
  • Whole Milk1 Tbsp.
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Add the Cream Cheese

Stop the machine and add the softened cream cheese. Mix on medium speed for about 1 minute or until combined.

  • Cream Cheese(softened)5 oz
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Scrape Down the Sides and Finish Mixing

Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix the frosting for about 1 minute. Once it finished mixing, scrape down the sides of the bowl and paddle. Remove the frosting and set aside.

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Make the Filling

In a large bow, measure and mix the butter, cinnamon, and dark brown sugar until combined.

  • Unsalted Butter(softened)⅓ cup
  • Cinnamon(ground)3 Tbsps.
  • Dark Brown Sugar1 cup
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Roll Out the Dough

Once the dough has proofed, roll the dough out on a clean surface until 1/4 inch thick or until it forms a 20 x 13 inch (50 x 33 cm) rectangle. Flouring the surface is optional.

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Add the Filling

Using an offset spatula, spread the prepared filling evenly over the dough.

  • Filling
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Roll the Dough into a Log

Starting from the top, roll the dough over itself into a log. Make sure to roll as tight as possible.

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Portion the Cinnamon Rolls

Spray the casserole dish with nonstick spray. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 10-12 even rolls. You can use three or four fingers as a guide when cutting. Transfer the cut rolls to the casserole dish.

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Cooking Steps

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1. Proof the Cinnamon Rolls

Cover the cinnamon rolls with plastic wrap and allow them to proof in the warmest place in the house for about 1 hour or until they have risen almost to the top of the casserole dish. While the rolls proof, preheat the oven to 350°F/176°C.

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2. Prepare the Egg Wash

In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and milk until well combined.

  • Egg Yolk1
  • Whole Milk1 Tbsp.
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3. Egg Wash the Cinnamon Rolls

After the rolls have risen, brush a thin layer of egg wash over each cinnamon roll.

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4. Bake the Cinnamon Rolls

Transfer the cinnamon rolls to the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.

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5. Rotate and Finish Baking the Cinnamon Rolls

Rotate the rolls and continue baking for 15 minutes or until the cinnamon rolls are nicely browned and springy to the touch. If needed, you can add time in 5 minute increments.

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6. Remove the Cinnamon Rolls

Remove the cinnamon rolls and allow them to cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting.

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7. Frost the Cinnamon Rolls

Spread the frosting over the cinnamon rolls and allow them to cool a little more before serving.

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8. Serve as Desired

Enjoy for a sweet breakfast, a tea time treat or a late night snack.

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