Cinnamon Rolls

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Merry Christmas!
I am exhausted! I think too many weekends of baking has done me in.  I can't wait to go take a nap, but first I decided I'd share the cinnamon rolls I made this morning. 

I found the recipe on allrecipes.com and had to alter it because its for a bread maker. Luckily someone had left a review saying that it was just as easy to use a stand mixer. I also needed to increase the cinnamon and sugar amounts because it just didn't look like enough. 


Cinnamon Rolls
Source: www.allrecipes.com
Servings: 12 rolls

Dough Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup warm milk
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 tbs. butter, softened
    • 1 egg
    • 3 cups AP flour
    • 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 3 tbs. butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup sugar

    Icing Ingredients:
    • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp. butter, melted
    • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 tbs. milk 

Directions:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the milk, water, 2 tbs. butter, rapid rise yeast and egg. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Slowly add the flour mixture into the stand mixer and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms. 
2. Switch to the dough hook attachment and mix for 6-8 minutes until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes on a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle. 
3. In a small bowl mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Smear the dough with the softened butter and then sprinkle with almost all of the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
4. Starting with a long end, roll up the dough tightly until it forms a log. Sprinkle the roll with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Cut the dough into 12 pieces, approximately 1 1/2 inches wide. 
5. Grease a 9x13 baking pan and place the rolls in the pan. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes. The rolls will almost double in size. 
6. Preheat the oven to 375. Combine the melted butter, milk, vanilla extract and confectioner's sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until a thick frosting forms. 
7. Bake the rolls for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Spread the frosting over the rolls. 

So, what did you get for Christmas? I got an Alton Brown cookbook, the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid, a new Chef's knife, two new bras, make up and tons of candy in my stocking.

She doesn't look too pleased, does she? ;)

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