Monday, May 28, 2012

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

 Mr. Picky pants loves cinnamon rolls, so I make them a lot.  I wanted to make them with a new recipe.  I found a great recipe that uses cakes mix as the base.  I always have a box of cake mix in the cabinet, so this was the recipe I decided to make.  I used a butter flavored cake mix, it was great with the cinnamon and sugar!

 They turned out great.  I loved the buttery, cinnamony, sugary flavor and so did Mr. Picky pants.  I think next time I might try a spice cake mix, or even a vanilla cake mix.

Cinnamon Rolls
1 box white or yellow cake mix
2 packages of dry yeast
2 1/2 cups of warm water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
5 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
1/2-1 cup butter, softened

Powdered sugar, vanilla and a splash of milk to desired thickness.

1.  Mix yeast and warm water until dissolved.
2.  Combine cake mix, salt and flour in a large bowl.
3.  Add warm water/yeast mixture and vanilla to cake mix, salt and flour mixture. Make sure to mix well.  .
4.  Cover tightly and let rise for one hour.  Punch down and let rise again for another 30-60 minutes.
5.  On a floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle shape, approx 1/4″ thick.
6.  Once dough is rolled out, brush with softened butter.   I found that one stick was adequate for this recipe, but you could use more (or less) if desired.
7.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon – use as little or as much as you like.
8.  Starting at end opposite from you, roll the dough towards you until all dough is rolled into one long piece.
9.  Slice dough into 24 equal sized pieces.
10.  Place rolls in two greased 9×13 pans.   Cover and let rise until doubled in size.  I usually sit my rolls on my stove-top while my oven preheats to 350 degrees.   This allows them time to rise and provides a bit of warmth from the oven.
11.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown.  My rolls took approx 22 minutes.  This will depend on your oven and your preference for how brown you like your cinnamon rolls.
12.   Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
13.  Prepare your frosting.  If you prefer your frosting to melt into your rolls, frost after rolls have cooled for 10-15 minutes.  If you prefer your frosting to stay on top of your rolls, wait until rolls have cooled until frosting.
14.  Enjoy!

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