Cinnamon Roll Sunday

If you’ve ever worked in retail, you know how hard it is. Feet hurt. Back hurts. Cranky customers make you want to run from the store screaming. So last weekend I decided to reward my coworkers at Chico’s with some beautiful, homemade cinnamon rolls. I found the recipe at allrecipes.com, (which I highly recommend). Here is the link to the fabulous and easy recipe: Clone of a Cinnabon.
So, here’s my photos, step by step. I started out, as the recipe recommended, by using the dough cycle on my bread machine. Hooray for bread machines! I also use mine at Christmas, when I make dozens of loaves of bread to give away as gifts. It’s a time saver and works great!
After the dough cycle has completed, dump it out onto a floured surface, and roll into a rectangle-ish shape.

Make the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Spread your rectangle with butter. Lots of smooth, creamy butter! Real Butter please! Then sprinkle the rectangle liberally with your cinnamon sugar mixture. I used my flour sifter.

Roll the rectangle into this shape. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. You can cut those ugly ends off, and bake them for your samples. I mean, you have to sample it right? You don’t care if it’s ugly, as long as it tastes good, right?

Here’s my hint for slicing the rolls. Use Dental Floss!! Works like a charm, go under, criss-cross and pull. Makes for smooth clean cuts every time, and is better than sawing away with your knife.

Place your beautiful rolls into a BUTTERED pan. Yep, more butter. At this point, you can rise and bake as the recipe recommends, or cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. That way you can bake them in the morning! Just remove the wrap in the morning, and place into a cool oven, set the temperature to 350, and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Your kitchen will smell like heaven!

Ice the rolls while they are still warm from the oven. The cream cheese icing recipe is fabulous! I’d even use it on cakes. It’s really yummy! Seriously, how gorgeous are these rolls? They tasted even better than they look! After making these, you’ll never want to open a Pillsbury can again!

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