Gramma Rowley's World Famous Cinnamon Rolls
This cinnamon rolls recipe is a tradition in our house courtesy of Gramma Rowley! We start holiday mornings by enjoying them for breakfast- and then we eat them as part of our holiday dinner too!
For the dough
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 t. salt
  • 2 c. milk- that has been scalded and cooled (I do this by heating the milk for 4 minutes in the microwave, on high).
  • 2 envelopes of quick-rise yeast (stirred into ½ cup of lukewarm water until diluted)
  • 2 eggs- beaten
  • 6- 6½ c. flour
  • ½ c. shortening- that has been melted (again, I use the microwave for this) and cooled
For the filling
  • 1 c. butter- softened
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 6 t. cinnamon
Glaze (if wanted)
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 3 T evaporated milk
  • ½ t vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
To make the dough
  1. Stir the sugar and salt into 1 cup of the flour and mix.
  2. Add 2 more cups of flour and mix. Start adding cooled milk slowly. Add the 4th cup of flour.
  3. Stir in beaten eggs, slowly. Add the 5th cup of flour.
  4. Stir in melted shortening slowly. Slowly add the 6th cup flour, as needed.
  5. Stir in dissolved yeast. Continue to add flour as needed to keep dough from being sticky. (You may need to add even more than the 6½ cups of flour).
  6. When the dough has come together in a smooth ball, then it is time to let it rise. Cover bowl with a damp cloth or saran wrap to let rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours).
Prepare the Filling and Form the Rolls
  1. Stir together the butter, sugar, and cinnamon until smooth.
  2. Butter two 13″ x9 ” pans.
  3. Roll out ½ the dough into a large rectangle. Add ½ of the cinnamon filling, and spread it out over the rectangle of dough, leaving a 1″ border around the edge.
  4. Starting from the short end of the rectangle, roll up the dough to make a log.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1½″ wide slices, and place into the buttered 13 x 9 pan.
  6. Allow the dough to rise until doubled again (about 1 hour).
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees, until the rolls are golden brown.
  8. Mix together the glaze and drizzle over the top of the warm rolls!
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