These cinnamon buns are deliciously gooey and soft -- and are the best thing to wake up to in the morning.
Keyword: cinnamon buns
For the dough:
¼ouncepackage active dry yeast
⅓cupbutter or shortening
3 ½ to 4cupsall-purpose flour
For the filling:
2tbsunsalted buttermelted and cooled slightly
For the icing:
½teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1 ½cupsconfectioner’s sugar
For the dough: In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add in yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place dough in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
For the filling: In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Melt the butter in a separate, small bowl and let cool slightly.
When the dough is doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread the melted butter all over the dough using a pastry brush. Sprinkle the filling across the length of dough (you could also sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, etc. if you’d like). Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut into about 12 slices.
Grease the bottom of a baking pan or line with parchment paper. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.**
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
For the icing: In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, salt, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons water until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar and mix until combined. Add more water if need to reach desired consistency.
**This is where I stuck them in the refrigerator until the next morning. If you’re doing this, let them sit for about an hour before baking.Store cinnamon buns in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Heat in the microwave for a few seconds to reheat.