Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Double Cinnamon Rolls

Monday, November 19, 2012

Double Cinnamon Rolls

Hello everyone! I'm back again with the promised Thanksgiving tradition post! Today I am sharing with you a recipe I created last year for Thanksgiving. Each year we have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. This is a tradition my mom started when I was a little girl and once I was old enough to bake I sort of took over the cinnamon rolls and started trying different recipes year after year. None of them were really that fantastic, however, last year I decided it was time to create one of my own. Which brings me to:

1. I love to create recipes! I am in the kitchen a lot during the week and most of the time it is not to make something from an old recipe, but to create a new one instead! I actually find a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, and then recreate something similar and sometimes healthier than the original food. I love cooking and baking but would rather bake than cook any day!

I call this the Double Cinnamon Roll recipe because not only is the cinnamon in the rolled part, but it's in the dough as well! So double the cinnamon! :) I think it's really tasty this way and gives it a wonderful and much better flavor! I usually make this up the day before Thanksgiving so that all I have to do the next morning is preheat the oven, pop them in until they are warm (usually less than 20 minutes, sometimes 30 minutes) and then drizzle the icing over the top!
What We Are Making Today:
Ingredients For Rolls
 1 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, sliced 1 cup sugar 2 cups warm water 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast 9 cups white flour 1 egg 1 Tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon almond flavor 2 Tablespoons cinnamon Flour for surface Ingredients For Sugary Inside 1 cup brown sugar 2 Tablespoons cinnamon 1 stick butter 1/2 cup whipping cream Ingredients For Icing 1 stick butter 2-3 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla  
 1. In a microwave safe bowl put the milk, sliced butter, and 1 cup of white sugar. Microwave for 2 minutes.

2. In a liquid measuring cup pour the 2 cups warm water and yeast. Stir and set aside.

3. In the milk/butter/sugar bowl stir in 2 cups of flour, the egg, vanilla and almond flavors, and the cinnamon. Once this is mixed together add two more cups of flour and stir it together well. Now pour the yeast/water mix in and stir it in. Add the remaining cups of flour 2 at a time until all 9 cups of flour have been added.

This dough is not quite done, but it's getting close. You can see all the cinnamon streaks in it already!

4. Cover the bowl with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes to an hour. The dough should rise to the top edge of the bowl when it is ready. (When I've made this recipe in the summer it only takes 30 minutes, but in the fall/winter it takes longer because of the cooler weather.)

5. As the dough gets closer to being ready to roll out go ahead and mix together all the ingredients for the Sugary Inside. I usually melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and then stir in the remaining ingredients. I don't suggest switching out whipping cream for anything else, but if you must then go ahead. It just tastes best with it.

6. Once the dough has risen, divide it into 4 fairly even sections. If you plan to bake your rolls ahead of time, which is what I almost always do, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

This dough is actually from my Sweet White Bread recipe, which is basically the same thing but doesn't have cinnamon and some other things in the dough you can tell from the photo there are no cinnamon streaks in this dough...yours will have it though so don't worry! :)

7. On a floured surface roll out one part of the dough at a time. I usually roll it into a long rectangle shape and the thickness of the dough varies but I usually keep it about as thick as a handle on a regular dinner knife.

8. Spoon about three big spoonful's of the Sugary Inside mix onto the dough. Roll the dough up. Spread the mix around really well, add a little more if you need to or want to, but leave enough to divide between the other three sections of dough!

This photo is actually from my Sweet White Bread recipe, but you roll up the cinnamon rolls the same way as you see it here in this pic.

9. Roll the dough up. I like big rolls  so I usually roll up the dough from the shorter side of the rectangle, but if you want really small rolls you can roll the dough from the longest side. In the pic I show the shortest side being rolled up which is how I do them.

10. Use a 12 inch piece of floss to 'cut' the dough once it's been rolled up. Just slip it under the bottom of the roll, pull the string up straight on each side of the roll, cross them and pull. I usually make the rolls about 1 inch thick. Place the cut rolls onto a greased baking sheet or baking pan. Leave only one finger width of a gap between each roll since they will expand a little more before they bake.

11. Repeat steps 7-10 for the remaining 3 sections of dough. Let the rolls sit on the pan for about 30 minutes. The first pan you finish should be about ready to go in the oven by the time you finish up slicing the last of the dough.

12. Bake only one pan at a time for 20-30 minutes. Bigger rolls take a lot longer to cook thus the 30 minute time, but if you're doing smaller rolls they may be done in 15-20 minutes.

13. While the rolls are baking you can mix together the icing, or if you're serving them the next morning for breakfast you can do this then...but either way: melt the butter, add in the vanilla, and add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Stir together. Now add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. You want a semi-thick mix, but not something that'll be heard to drizzle over the rolls once they're done baking. Add more powdered sugar if needed.

If you make these ahead of time like me all you have to do once they are finished baking is let them cool and then cover them with something like plastic wrap and leave them out on the counter. You can put them in the fridge, but usually we never have room and for one night they'll be fine. The next morning just reheat the oven to 350 degrees and pop those pans in there. I'd say check the center of a cinnamon roll after about 15 minutes and if they're not ready check every five minutes after that. Make sure you don't drizzle with icing until they are ready though because baked icing is nasty!

 I do hope that you all will enjoy this recipe! I know that my sisters have already asked me several times if I'm making these rolls again this year and there were yells of excitement when I said I was! :) As always you can find me at any of these following places: Better Blogger Network, Bloglovin', Exercise Encouragement Group, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr! Thank you for reading along with me today! :)


  1. These look delicious! I'm going to have to try the floss that's a new one!

  2. First, let me say that I don't think I have EVER left a negative comment on any blog article here or anywhere else EVER and I'm sure the recipe is delicious . . . BUT when I followed the link to her blog it took me to a really political and ranting blog post - it was a real turn off and disappointment.

    1. I just read that! No matter who I voted for I would never announce it or talk about impeaching the president!

    2. Hi Stephanie! I'm sorry for that being a turn off. I do write about political things only on Mondays and I just happened to be in the middle of a week long study to see how people's interest in the petitions came and went and what not. I usually do not write about politics though. Mostly on Mondays I write about preparedness and prepping...this just happens to be a much talked about topic and I thought it would be an interesting study. I hope you will give me a second chance! :)

      Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

    3. Analisa, I know some people feel that way, but I am not one of them. I strongly disagree with a lot of the things President Obama has done and in doing the week long study I happened to run across the petition for the president to be impeached. I only inclueded it because it seemd a much easier way to solve a problem than all 50 of the states trying to secede the union.

      Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  3. This looks tasty. I also have to try to make Ingredients Rolls.

  4. I really want to make this but i'm very confused by the ingredients. It could be written a lot nicer. It looks like you need sliced sugar and cinnamon flour. Maybe a few corrections could be made to make it easier to read?

    1. Sorry about that! When I submitted the post I had everything on its own individual line...I actually have this recipe written out on my personal blog here:

      You may find this easier to read! :)

      Blue Eyed Beauty Blog


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