Homemade Cinnamon Rolls: Resistance Is Futile

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My daughter was a bit under the weather this week.  After several days of general misery and eating very little, she finally began to rally, and to wish aloud for cinnamon rolls.  "No problem," I said.  "I'll whip some up in a jiffy!"   The good news is that within a couple of hours we had fresh, soft cinnamon rolls piping hot from the oven...ahhhhh.  The bad news is that they were really, really, really good--more like fabulous.

Cinnamon Rolls
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For my daughter's part, downing a couple of deliciously sweet cinnamon rolls was a much needed indulgence,  but on my part, not so much.  If truth be told, I would likely be better off if I stuck to the baking part and left eating of the tasty baked goods to others.  Forever. Sigh.

I'm glad I don't know where my readers are in this Battle to Resist the Scrumptious Baked Goods.   So let it be that I share my Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe with you, even while issuing this warning:  Resistance is actually, truly, completely futile!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

6-7 cups flour

1  teaspoon salt

3  cups milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1  egg

1/2 cup melted butter

3  tablespoons ground cinnamon

3/4 cup sugar

3  cups powdered sugar

1  teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup water

Directions:

1.  Mix the flour and salt together in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.

2.  Combine the milk, sugar and shortening in a medium saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling, stirring constantly.   Cool to lukewarm, then sprinkle the yeast over the milk, stir and wait 2 minutes.  Add the egg and beat with a fork.

3.  Pour the milk mixture into the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon.  Turn out onto a well-floured board and knead for 10 minutes.  Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic and a towel and put in a warm place until it doubles in size.

4.  Punch the dough down, roll out into a rectangle shape.  Mix the 3/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon.  Spread the melted butter onto the dough and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, then roll up tightly.  Slice the dough into 1  1/2-inch pieces and place on a greased baking sheet.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.  Cool rolls completely.

5.  Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, vanilla and 1/4 cup water.  Spread generously over each roll.

6.  Make no attempt to resist.  Grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and dig right in!

Jennifer Ranger

www.FoodWacky.com    www.KattywompusPublishing.com

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