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Cinnamon Rolls

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For a while now, I’ve had Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls on my list of things to make since it seemed like everyone I knew who made them raved about them. And, I am happy to report that I am no exception – these cinnamon rolls are the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. While they take a bit of time to make, they really aren’t that hard…and they’re so worth it, especially because they freeze very well. PW says that you can freeze the rolls in several ways: unrisen in the pan – then you’ll just need to allow them to thaw and rise, and continue the baking and icing process. You can also freeze the rolls completely iced and finished – just allow them to cool before freezing. In addition, you can freeze the rolls baked but unfrosted – just thaw them out, warm them for just a few minutes in the oven, and then ice them while warm. That’s what I did, and it worked wonderfully. In fact, out of the 6 pans of rolls I got out of the recipe, I still have 5 pans in my freezer just waiting for a special weekend breakfast!

I also wanted to point out that my good friend Heather has once again updated my blog header for the season – isn’t it just so fun and festive? I think the mug of hot cocoa with the little candy cane sticking out is my favorite part. If you’re looking for any kind of graphic design work, check out her site and shoot her an e-mail – she does beautiful work!

Here’s the recipe, adapted from Ree:

For the maple frosting:

In a large pot, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar. Scald the mixture (heat until just about to boil), and then turn off the heat. Let cool 45 minutes to an hour.

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When the mixture is lukewarm, whisk in the yeast and let it begin to dissolve.

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Stir in the 8 cups of flour. Cover and let rise at least an hour.

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Next, add in the last cup of flour as well as the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. PW says that at this point, you can cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to overflow out of the pot, punch it down.

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When you’re ready to make the rolls, take half the dough and form into a rough rectangle on a floured surface. Roll the dough thin, maintaining the rectangular shape, and then drizzle 1/2 cup of the melted butter over the dough.

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Sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar over the butter, followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

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Starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough toward you, keeping it as tight as possible. Pinch the seam to seal it at the end. Spread a tablespoon of melted butter in a 7″ round foil cake pan (I think my pans were 9″, which is why I got 6 pans of rolls instead of 7). Cut the rolls approximately 3/4″ to 1″ thick, and lay them in the buttered pans. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise 20-30 minutes.

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the rolls 15-18 minutes or until light golden brown.

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For the frosting, mix together all the frosting ingredients and stir until smooth; it should be thick. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls.

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Freeze any rolls for later. I put each entire pan inside a freezer bag, and then stacked them in the freezer!

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Posted by on December 1, 2010.


Categories: breakfast & brunch, desserts & sweets

39 Responses

  1. I haven’t made hers yet. But I’m a cinnamon roll fanatic, so that will be forthcoming!

    by Lori @ RecipeGirl on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

  2. Love the new header! I feel festive just from looking at it. Like I should break out the eggnog or something.

    Cinnamon rolls make my world go round, I swear, and yet I definitely don’t make them enough. I’ve been wanting to try P-Dub’s and I’m so glad to see that you love them!

    by Joanne on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

  3. Love the new header! And hey, I recognize that last photo – I still want to come raid your freezer. 🙂

    by JenniferA on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

  4. Hmm I think I know what I’m going to make to freeze when I’m home the next couple of weeks! Fantastic! Love the maple frosting!

    Also – LOVE THE HEADER 😀 So cute!!!

    by Sandy on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

  5. yay, these look so good! I really want to make them. Thanks for all the freezing tips – I think I’ll do what you did. I plan to make them one of the next couple weekends and freeze for Christmas!

    by megan @ whatmegansmaking on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

  6. When can I come over??? Lovely rolls, these are also on my list.

    by Jennifurla on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

  7. I’ve been dying to try my hand at cinnamon rolls!

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

  8. These are fantastic cinnamon rolls. I need to find out where you live and come steal a pan of those rolls.

    by Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:11 am

  9. Great idea to freeze some! Love the new header!

    by Maria on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

  10. I’ve been wanting to make these for over a year now. I’m so intimidated by the fact that they make 50 cinnamon rolls! My thighs can’t handle 50 (maybe 25!). Love the idea of freezing them. Super smart.

    by Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

  11. The holiday header looks GREAT! It’s got all my favorite things! 😀

    The cinnamon rolls look great. I love that the recipe makes enough for freezing. I could see myself pulling out a tin of rolls to thaw and rise the night before an anticipated snow day. I would definitely be the world’s greatest mom that morning. 😆

    by Christine on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

  12. I have made these several times, and freeze them as well. I love them, they are now my go to recipe.

    by april on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

  13. I’ve been wanting to try these as well and just never have! Maybe this Christmas I will!

    by Cara on Dec 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

  14. I am so glad you made these. They are on my “must do” list before Christmas and its always good to see how they workout for another person. I love the freeze idea and baking them first does make them easier to give away.


    by Kelly on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

  15. Love the new header -so cute! I need something more festive! I love the snow outside the window.

    I tried these rolls of PW once and they were a complete bomb…but I know it was something I must have done. Yeast and I never seem to mesh right. But I am determined to try again until I get them right! They sound too delish!

    by Allison @ Novice Life on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

  16. I really need to try these out. My boyfriend loves to buy the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and I just can’t stand them. I swear I can TASTE the chemicals in them, and I’m usually not that picky about convenience foods!

    How about freezing the frosting? Would that work, or would it be better to just mix it up in small batches?

    by elizabeth on Dec 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

  17. I’ve also been planning to make these. Hopefully before Christmas. They look so delicious, and I love your new header! 🙂

    by Courtney on Dec 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm

  18. Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite things – anytime of the day!

    by Louanne on Dec 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

  19. Love your festive header!!!!! 🙂 I made these and OMG… I died!

    by Liz @ Blog is the New Black on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

  20. These are our favorite cinnamon rolls. They have become our traditional Christmas breakfast – they’re that good! I absolutely love your Christmas header.

    by Cookin' Canuck on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  21. LOVE your festive header, so cute!! …..and I am loving these cinnamon rolls too!

    by Jenny Flake on Dec 2, 2010 at 3:12 am

  22. Okay, that does it. I must make these rolls for Christmas breakfast. After so many glowing reviews about them, I just can’t resist any longer. You’ve won me over.

    by Lisa on Dec 2, 2010 at 3:46 am

  23. i made PW’s cinnamon rolls some months ago, and almost drank the glaze by the cupful. Your rolls look wonderful and have convinced me to revisit this recipe soon enough!

    by Crustabakes on Dec 2, 2010 at 5:41 am

  24. Really like the header! Very festive and very cute! The cinnamon rolls look good too 🙂

    by Mary Ann on Dec 2, 2010 at 7:50 am

  25. Mmmm cinnamon rolls are awesome. Love this recipe!

    by Katrina on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

  26. Delicious Cinnamon Rolls.Lovely to eat.

    by srithasan on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:10 am

  27. this is so funny! I made cinnamon rolls this morning for my work group. I did a similar recipe – let them proof overnight and baked them after my run this morning. I’m a huge PW fan and wanted to try hers too. Glad to hear they are so delicious!!
    Love the holiday header!!!

    by Camille on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

  28. These look amazing!!!

    by Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

  29. Mmmm. I love me some cinnamon rolls. The ones my mom makes are so good, though, I don’t know that any other recipe needs to exist.

    by Karen @ Oldfangled on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

  30. These look great. I’ve been reading about them on Ree’s site for over a year, and the time has come where I may need to make them as well. Yum!

    by Jenna on Dec 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm

  31. I have been planning to make these for months. I really appreciate your review of the freezing methods and what worked well for you. I really like the way you did them. Planning a batch for Christmas morning

    by Jean on Dec 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  32. True story…I was just on PW’s website looking at her cinnamon rolls and telling my husband that I was going to make them this weekend. Then I see them here. Too funny. I guess we food bloggers really are on the same wave length. Thanks for the great tutorial. I have to definitely make them. Thanks for sharing about the freezing. I was wondering about that. I love that it makes a lot. It is great when you work hard to make something and you have some for later too.

    by Raina on Dec 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

  33. Kudos to heather…your header always looks so cute and festive!!

    by G. on Dec 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

  34. Beautiful, Tracy! Perfect for when friends and family gather during holiday!

    by Kay on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

  35. Yum Yum YUM! I made these last year and they were sooo tasty! I think I will have to make them again this week! You should try and variation that she made not too long ago… I think they were called chocolate chip cookie sweet rolls. They were so so so so so yummy! Dare I say better then a cinnamon bun from a chocolate lovers perspective. 🙂

    by Marie Baars on Dec 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

  36. I made Brioche Cinnamon rolls the other day from my cookbook giveaway and they were the most amazing things i have ever had. But i need to try these. . .

    by Delishhh on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

  37. Ooh… the PW cinnamon rolls are my all-time favorite. I just can’t get enough! Yours look fabulous, too!

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Dec 8, 2010 at 11:00 pm

  38. Oh. My. Goodness. These look amazing…I’m practically drooling over here!

    by Jen @ How To: Simplify on Dec 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

  39. Just made these for a PTA Muffins for Moms event at school… Of course I had to sample the finished product at midnight thirty… (This is always the time I’m inspired to bake). DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the terrific recipe!

    by Tanya on May 17, 2011 at 3:25 am

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