Friday, November 16, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls Galore

A week or so ago, while I was traveling with Adrian like the gypsy sister I am, a reader wrote and asked for a good cinnamon recipe. Since I was away from my cookbooks, I couldn't oblige until now, but I've been thinking about it a lot because I have some wonderful memories of cinnamon rolls. One year when it was preg checking time on the ranch I was working for, I got up SUPER early and made a huge batch of cinnamon rolls and took an enormous bowl of them, hot and gooey and steaming, down to the chutes where the crew was working their rear ends off, and shivering in below zero temperatures. Needless to say, they were a big hit.

I believe I used a recipe from the cookbook Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader. Every recipe I've tried from this big book has been fantastic, out of this world, good. And if you haven't read the Mitford series, I would suggest you run out and get them immediately! But I'm not 100% sure and I feel like it doesn't have enough filling for it to obtain heavenly status, so I'm going to share The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon roll recipe. You can also go directly to her site HERE.

The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
  • 8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  • Plenty Of Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
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  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Brewed Coffee
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

Preparation Instructions

For the dough, heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil. Set aside and cool to warm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.
Add 8 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, then cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. Use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl. (Note: dough is easier to work with if it’s been chilled for at least an hour or so beforehand.)
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
To assemble the rolls, remove half the dough from the pan/bowl. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30 x 10 inches. The dough should be rolled very thin.
To make the filling, pour 3/4 cup to 1 cup of the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Use your fingers to spread the butter evenly. Generously sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon and 1 cup of the sugar over the butter. Don’t be afraid to drizzle on more butter or more sugar! Gooey is the goal.
Now, beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly towards you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight. Don’t worry if the filling oozes as you work; that just means the rolls are going to be divine. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. When you’re finished, you’ll wind up with one long buttery, cinnamony, sugary, gooey log.
Slip a cutting board underneath the roll and with a sharp knife, make 1/2-inch slices. One “log “will produce 20 to 25 rolls. Pour a couple of teaspoons of melted butter into disposable foil cake pans and swirl to coat. Place the sliced rolls in the pans, being careful not to overcrowd. (Each pan will hold 7 to 9 rolls.)
Repeat the rolling/sugar/butter process with the other half of the dough and more pans. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover all the pans with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towel and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Don’t allow the rolls to become overly brown.
While the rolls are baking, make the maple icing: In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, butter, coffee, and salt. Splash in the maple flavoring. Whisk until very smooth. Taste and add in more maple, sugar, butter, or other ingredients as needed until the icing reaches the desired consistency. The icing should be somewhat thick but still very pourable.
Remove pans from the oven. Immediately drizzle icing over the top. Be sure to get it all around the edges and over the top. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing’s moisture and flavor. They only get better with time… not that they last for more than a few seconds. Make them for a friend today! It’ll seal the relationship for life. I promise.

Isn't she hilarious? I hope these are what you're looking for, Amanda!

Recipe and photo via The Pioneer Woman 

xo xo Liz 


  1. The roomies and I are pretty excited to try them out!

    1. I was literally drooling over your picture on FB, Amanda! Wish I had been there to help you eat them!

  2. Looks yummy, a bit different than my recipe, but I think I will need to give it a try. As for cold, where were you with those today at the Tack sale equine expo I was at??? -13C and the doors to the barn open,heat off!! Great show and lots of good things but BRRRR!!!

  3. Sheesh, COLD! And when you sit all day in the cold and never really warm up it's even worse! Hope they work out for you! I want to try the maple icing! :)

  4. Oh this is WONDERFUL. I have said it once and I'll say it again - Ree Drummond is a good woman. I adore her wit almost as much as her recipes. Now if I could only figure out how to make my kitchen look as fantastic as hers... Thanks for sharing, Liz!

  5. Jessy, I so agree with you!!! I love Ree's blog, she is so stinking funny! I love how she lets herself be completely, unabashedly just shines through!! HAHAHA She has an AMAZING kitchen!! I lust after her deep drawers where she keeps sugar and flour....just wow. :)