This is by far one of my favorite recipes to make. It does take quite a bit of time, so I only make them on special occasions, but they are HEAVEN.
They are so good that I normally double the recipe depending on how many people will be eating them. One batch makes about a dozen rolls.
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup melted butter
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 white sugar
1 pkg yeast
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
1/3 cup softened butter
3 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
- Microwave milk for 45-60 seconds
2. Dissolve yeast in warm milk.
3. Put milk/yeast mixture in a large bowl and add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix well.
4. Knead dough into a larger ball using your hands dusted with flour. Put the ball in a bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or towel. *Sometimes my dough gets dry on the tops and starts to crust so I sprinkle a few drops of water on top of the dough before covering it.
5. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
6. In a small bowl, throughly combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.
7. Sprinkle flour across flat surface (countertop or table).
8. Roll out dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inches thick. More distance in width (around a 16 x 21 inch rectangle).
9. Spread butter across the dough and sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture across.
10. Roll up dough starting with the longer side. Cut into about 12 large rolls. Place rolls in greased glass baking dish.
11. Cover the rolls and let rise. About 30 minutes or until they’ve doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
12. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 18-20 minuets.
13. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt.
14. Spread frosting on the rolls while they are warm (but NOT hot) so that the frosting melts into the roll.
**For orange roll: Filling- 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, grated peel of one orange. Glaze- 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar with juice of 1 orange.