Nothing beats the sweet and warm scent of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven! This is now one of the new favorite sweets in our household! For a few years I have wanted to try my hand at making them from scratch and this year I figured Easter was the perfect reason. And since then, we’ve had a couple more times.
If you knew me, you would know I love a good theme. To have a little fun for Easter, I made the cinnamon rolls into cinnabunnies!
The process is neither too time consuming nor difficult. These could be made for a quick breakfast or brunch. The hardest part is waiting for them to come out of the oven!
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3/4 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Butter, salted or unsalted
3 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Packet Instant Yeast
4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Milk or Heavy Cream
Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a saucepan over medium heat, add the milk and butter. Stir until melted and remove from heat.
In a mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of flour, granulated sugar and salt. Add the yeast and the lukewarm milk mixture to the bowl. Combine. Add the egg until just combined.
Using the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer, knead while gradually adding in the remaining 1 cup of flour. Knead until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You can also do this step by hand if you don’t have a stand mixer.
Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Melt the 4 tablespoons of butter in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove.
Roll out your dough into a rectangle, roughly 14 inches by 8 inches, you do not need to be exact. Spread the melted butter over the entire top of the dough. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together in a bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix all over the top of the dough.
Tightly roll up the dough to form a log. Evenly slice the log to form your cinnamon rolls. Place each roll on the baking sheets. Brush the rolls with the 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
Bake the rolls for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.
Mix the icing ingredients until smooth and drizzle over your baked cinnamon rolls. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Julie Blanner Blog.