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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

 

Oven 350 F

Yields 2 dozen

1 ½ cups warm water

½ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

¼ cup shortening

Mix ingredients in a large bowl with your mixer. Make sure the warm water is less than 115 F or it will kill the yeast.

 

2 pkgs yeast

½ cup warm water

In a separate small bowl or cup, mix the water and yeast well with a fork until dissolved. Add to the batter.

 

1 egg

Add to batter and mix well.

 

5 cups flour

Add half the flour and mix well with the mixer. Add the rest of the flour and mix with a large wooden spoon. You should have a soft dough as shown:

 Dough Before Kneading

½ cup flour

Spread ½ cup of  flour on the countertop in a 12” circle. Turn out the dough onto the flour. Gently knead about 50 times, push with your palms from the center to the outer edge, pick up the outer edge and fold in to the center. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a warm, slightly damp towel and set in a warm place to rise for about one hour.

Dough After Rising

 

2 Tbsp shortening

Grease two 9×13 pans.

 

¼ cup flour

Spread the flour on the countertop in a 12” circle. Turn out the dough onto the flour.  Knead the dough 12 times. Roll out the dough in a rectangular shape to ¼ inch thickness. The rectangle should be approximately 18” x 24”.

 

½ cup butter (1 stick)

Soften the butter to room temperature or microwave on power level 1 for one minute; don’t melt.  Spread the soft butter all over the dough.

 

½ cup sugar

3 Tbsp cinnamon

Mix together and sprinkle evenly over the dough. Starting with the long side of your rectangle, roll the dough tightly into a log. Using a very sharp knife with a sawing motion, cut 1” slices. Place in the greased pan. Cover with a dry towel and set in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 F for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Cool.

 

¼ cup butter (½ stick)

1 lb powdered sugar

3 Tbsp hot water

1 tsp vanilla

 

Icing:

Mix well with mixer. Add additional sugar or hot water to reach desired consistency. Spread icing on buns with a spatula.

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