Cinnamon rolls are probably the most quintessential breakfast items that almost every child remembers waking up to in the morning. That sweet, spicy smell of the cinnamon wafting through the house, trailing to your bedroom, waking you up from your sleep, and making you run to the kitchen to check what's in the oven.
It is the perfect combination of warm,soft and chewy dough spiraled with the cinnamon sugar, buttery goodness and then finally lathered on with the cream cheese frosting- in this case, a MAPLE cream cheese frosting. You didn't expect me to make normal cinnamon rolls now did you? I must warn you that these fist sized cinnamon dough balls are ADDICTIVE! Do not even think of making these if you are on a diet of any sort because one whiff of these and you've just gained 5 pounds. But no one reading this post or even making these at the moment isn't even thinking about a "diet" right? Okay good.
If I am being honest with you, I don't think I have ever made or had a cinnamon roll. I mean I've had baked goods very similar to sweet chewy cinnamon dough, but I don't think I have ever ordered a "cinnamon roll". When my cousin Nicole message me to collaborate on a video to make these cinnamon rolls, my eyes popped out of my head because no idea sounded better than that. It was quite funny to see the expression on her face when she saw the whole set up of my video process in the back on my kitchen. If you follow me on Instagram (@Rachels_Eats), you probably got to see some behind the scenes of the whole insane setup- i.e the juicer holding my tripod and white foam boards as my "lighting". Follow my social media to see more behind the scenes!
The whole 6 hours of cooking, filming and photographing was all worth it in the end! Not only were these insanely easy (yes easy, believe me!) to make, but they tasted just like the ones you would order from any bakery, if anything- better!
If you see the recipe down below, I give you a tip of freezing these ahead of time so you can have cinnamon rolls any time you want. What isn't better than a long week of work/ school and waking up Saturday morning to freshly baked cinnamon rolls that you didn't have you spend the previous morning/ night making?
I promise you that this makes the best apology gift or will make your mom a little less mad about the sink full of dishes ;)
Cinnamon Rolls with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting print
Author: Rachel’s Eats
Makes: appx 12 large rolls
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 packet dry yeast packet
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup melted butter
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
2 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup + 1/2 cup more softened butter
1 tbsp cinnamon
8oz softened cream cheese (keep at room temperature 30 minutes before using)
1/4 cup softened butter (keep at room temperature 30 minutes before using)
2 tbsp maple syrup
Yeast: To ensure that your yeast “bubbles”, you need to make sure of two things: your yeast is not expired and that your water is not too hot or cold. All yeast packets or jars should mention the expiration date so make sure your yeast has not expired. As for the water, you want your water to be warm- not hot but not cold. Turn your tap water onto the hottest setting and that should be fine. When you dip your finger in the water, it shouldn't burn you but you should still be able to feel the warmth. If it is too hot, the water will kill the yeast but if it is too cold, the yeast will not get activated.
Kneading: To knead the dough, take the top half of the mixture and fold it into the middle using your knuckles to incorporate everything. Refer to the attached YouTube video on the blog post for a short tutorial.
Freezing: If you are planning to freeze your rolls for later use, freeze them in the dish you are planning to bake them in making sure to wrap well with cling wrap first and then foil or seal with the container’s lid. You need to make your your pan is protected so that there is no chance of freezer burn. The night before you are going to bake them, remove the rolls from the freezer, unwrap and let thaw and rise overnight- at least 9 hours. Bake as instructed. Note that I have not tried this method and cannot guarantee the same results but I have researched this and tried this with other baked goods.
Reheating: If you want to reheat your cinnamon roll, pop one in the microwave for 20-25 seconds until warm and soft.
Give this recipe a try and make sure to share this with your friends and family telling them how easy it is to make these amazing cinnamon rolls! Let me know if you added anything else like raisins or nuts and how you liked it in the comments- I would love to know.
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