Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Harvest Cinnamon Rolls

Harvest Cinnamon Rolls


Making Cinnamon rolls was my first attempt to make anything with yeast.  And I did it.  They came out fat, moist, lots of cinnamon, and sweet frosting on top.  This recipe is a keeper, visit the web site they offer suggestions on baking and freezing, and other important information like using vital wheat gluten which will help the sweet bread rise better, be more elastic and easier to roll. 

Bread dough: step 1
1 cup of milk (heat in microwave about 1 minute)
1/4 cup of warm water (110 degrees)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, room temp
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
5 cups bread flour
3 tsp instant active dry yeast

Cinnamon Filling: step 2
1/2 cup butter (room temp)
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar mixed with
4 to 5 tbsp of cinnamon   (see comment this may be too much cinnamon for you)  adjust according

This is my rolled out dough to be roughly 15x24 inches

Icing: step 3
2 ounces of cream cheese (room Temp)
1/4 cup butter (room Temp)
1 cup 10x sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Using your kitchen aid stand mixer combine the ingredients in the order given. Only those from step 1. I use a kitchen thermometer and tested the temp of the water and milk to 110 degrees. Add the remaining ingredients and use the bread hook for the mixer and blend all ingredients. Turn the dough out on your kitchen counter which you have sprayed down with pam spray and kneed this dough for about 10 minutes. Then put the dough back in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let rest for about 10 minutes
Butter your 9x13 inch cake pan. Using a smaller bowl mix the light brown sugar and the cinnamon together.
Heat up the oven, just a bit. Which you can use to help the dough rise. The oven walls should be comfortable for you to put your hands on. If not let it cool down before putting your cinnamon rolls in the oven. But turn of the oven after you heated it a bit. The rolls will need 45 to 60 minutes to rise and double in size. If the kitchen is warm you can eliminate the warm oven to assist in the rising of the dough. Just place your cake pan in a warm place on the counter and allow to set for 45-60 minutes. They will rise to double the original size.
Using a large surface roll and stretch this dough to 15x24 inch rectangle.
Brush the dough totally with the room temperature butter, then sprinkle the dough with the sugar mixture. Roll up starting at the long end, not tight but loosely and pinch the ends, and along where the roll comes together. Then using your best judgement cut off the ends, cut the roll in 1 1/2 inch sections. I use my ruler, my eye ball is not good. Place the cut dough in the buttered 9x13 inch pan. Do not let the rolls touch the side of the dish, or each other for the rising. That will happen as they rise, they will fill the 9x13 inch pan before you will bake them. 12 rolls in this pan and the other 3 will go in another buttered small pan. Cover the rolls with a dish towel and let rise.
To bake the cinnamon rolls. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 20-25 minutes until they are light brown. Allow to cool on counter then make the icing and frost.

This is after they have risen but have not been baked yet.  You can see they are filled in, touching the sides of each other, and the pan.

This is after they came out of the oven. 

Enjoy and happy baking   


  1. Ooohh, I just love fresh cinnamon rolls. These look like a dream breakfast.

  2. I tried the Harvest cinnamon rolls. WOW!! way too much cinnamon. I looked at quiet a few cinnamon roll recipes and none of them call for nearly as much cinnamon. Could that be a misprint? The rolls are really spicy hot. I liked the recipe otherwise and if I ever make them again I will cut the cinnamon WAY down.

  3. I got this recipe from What's Cooking America..........I went back to the blog and they indicate in the recipe to use 4-5 Tbsp of cinnamon. I did find my recipe and I made no notations on it.........I wonder what kind of cinnamon that you used if that could make a difference..........or maybe my cinnamon was old at the time of making these. I do remember making these and they were very good. I am sorry about that I can understand when you put a lot of time, money for ingredients etc and they just don't come out good. I have a notebook of so many recipes that I have made and they will never be a keeper for me...........I keep them as a reference cause I am always trying new recipes......and sometimes I think "did I make that before" Andi

  4. I have been making cinnamon rolls for many years. Hands down this is the best recipe I have made. I will not be searching for any other recipe again. This is my keeper!