Ahhh, the snow day. There is nothing quite like it. Just last week, we got the glorious robo-call announcing that the next day would be a snow day and there would be no school. As a mom and a teacher, nothing is more exciting. We all woke up bright and early to celebrate our freedom from school and decided that we would make our unrivaled (if I do say so myself) cinnamon rolls.
Like most good things, these babies take a little time and effort. But I promise you, it’s worth it. These are so deliciously decadent and slightly dangerous because you might want to eat all of them at once. But snow day calories don’t count, right?
1 (¼ oz) package of active dry yeast
1 c. warm milk (microwaved for 45 seconds)
½ c. white sugar
4 c. flour
⅓ c. butter, room temperature
1 c. brown sugar
⅓ c. butter
4 Tbsp. cinnamon
Cream Cheese Frosting:
¼ c. butter
1 ½ c. powdered sugar
½ tsp. Vanilla
¼ c. cream cheese
Pour the yeast packet into a cup of warm milk and stir to dissolve (wait 5-10 minutes). In a separate bowl, mix sugar with melted butter. Add eggs and stir. Add 2 c. of flour and mix. Pour the milk/yeast mixture into the bowl and mix until combined. Add the remaining 2 c. of flour and mix until well combined.
Put dough into a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and allow it to rise for one hour or until dough is doubled in size.
Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll until it’s ½ thick. The rolled out dough should be about 18 x 12 inches.
To make the filling, combine butter, cinnamon and brown sugar in a food processor. Blend until the mixture has a sandy texture. Spread the filling evenly over the rolled out dough.
Starting at the bottom, roll up the dough to the top so that you have created one large cylindrical roll. With a sharp knife, cut the roll into 12 slices (about 1 ½ inches thick). Place the rolls into a greased pan. Cover with a towel and let the cut rolls rise for about 30-45 minutes.
While you wait for the rolls to rise, mix all of the frosting ingredients in a large bowl and beat with any electric mixer.
Bake the rolls at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. The rolls should be light brown when they are ready. Take the DELICIOUS rolls out of the oven. Let them cool for 5 minutes. Then, spread the frosting on evenly and get ready for the best cinnamon rolls you’ve ever tried!