Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe
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This simple sweet dough recipe morphs into luscious, gooey, warm cinnamon rolls! In short, we believe this is the best cinnamon roll recipe there is. For extra goodness, frost with orange frosting, or fill these yummy treats with your choice of nuts, raisins, craisins, dried cherries or dried apricots. For caramel rolls, add a little brown sugar to the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with water and chopped nuts, place rolls on top, let rise, and bake. Flip out onto a foil-covered cooling rack immediately after baking. Sweet doughs are easiest mixed in a bread machine. Fill with all dough ingredients, set to quick dough cycle, and have fresh, hot cinnamon rolls for breakfast!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15-18 rolls
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ tsp. table salt
  • 3¾ c. bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted in microwave
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. fresh orange juice
  • zest from orange
  • ¼ c. butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  1. Mix dough ingredients in a bread machine or a heavy-duty stand mixer. Let rise until doubled.
  2. Roll out on a floured surface to approximately 18" x 12". Spread with melted butter (I use the back of a soup spoon - easier to wash!) and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Add or substitute any other ingredients of your choice: softened raisins, craisins, dried cherries, or apricots; almonds, walnuts, or macadamia nuts.
  4. Roll up starting with a long side and pinch to seal. Slice about 1½" thick with a serrated knife (I slide as much of the log as I can onto a cutting board.)
  5. Lay rolls cut side up in a greased baking pan. For caramel rolls, before setting rolls into pan, sprinkle with brown sugar, water, and nuts.
  6. Let raise for about 1 hour until they fill out the pan. Bake at 350 degrees, checking after 20 minutes. Carefully flip rolls onto a foil-covered baking rack immediately after baking.
  7. For orange frosting, mix all ingredients (powered sugar, orange juice, zest from orange, butter, vanilla extract and almond extract) and drizzle over warm rolls.
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