Valentine Cinnamon Rolls {Recipe}

Have I got a treat for you! The hubs has been begging me for what seems like years to make cinnamon rolls.  I FINALLY decided I would stop putting it off & just do it.  I have been on this kick to get the kids off the routine of cereal every morning.  Not all the things I will make for them will be this sweet.  But I want to start making more things for them to have & mix it up a bit.  So I decided to start with these & see where my creative thoughts go from there.  Needless to say- the hubs was sure happy.  He had come home after fighting a massive structure fire for about 5 hours.  He was beat & so he was thrilled to have a little sweet treat when he got home.

Valentine Cinnamon Rolls {Recipe}

Valentine Cinnamon Rolls {Recipe}

Valentine Cinnamon Rolls {Recipe}

Ingredients

  • For the dough:
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk- warmed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more as needed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter- room temp. (cut into chunks)
  • For the filling:
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter- room temp (cut into chunks)
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter- melted
  • 1/8 cup cinnamon/sugar mixture
  • For the icing:
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 drop red food coloring

Instructions

  1. To make dough:
  2. In the bowl of mixer, dissolve yeast in warm milk & let stand until foamy. (10 min.)
  3. Add granulated sugar, eggs, flour & salt.
  4. Use dough hook & knead on low speed, adding a little flour if needed until ingredients come together.
  5. Toss in the butter & continue to knead until the dough is smooth & springy. (7 min)
  6. Form dough into a ball & put in an oiled bowl & cover with plastic wrap.
  7. Let dough rise at room temperature until it doubles. (2 hours)
  8. Butter 9x13" baking pan.
  9. Punch down dough & turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  10. Cut dough in half.
  11. Roll out into a rectangle- about 10x7"
  12. Spread with half the soft butter.
  13. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture, then cover with brown sugar & then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  14. Starting on the long side- roll dough into a log. Pinch ends to close.
  15. Slice into 8 equal rounds. Arrange slicked side down in pan.
  16. Repeat with remaining dough & ingredients.
  17. Cover pan loosely with plastic wrap & let stand in warm, draft-free spot until puffy. (at least an hour but I refrigerated mine overnight & then let stand at room temp for 1 hour before baking)
  18. Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat to 400 degrees.
  19. Brush buns with melted butter. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar.
  20. Bake until golden brown 20-25 minutes.
  21. Let cool slightly in pan on a wire rack.
  22. Spread with frosting while still warm.
  23. Serve immediately.
  24. For the frosting:
  25. Combine all ingredients in small bowl.
  26. Whisk until combined. Keep adding small amounts of confectioners sugar or milk until you reach the desired consistency that you are after. I wanted mine slightly thin so I could drizzle. You may want yours to spread on so use more confectioners sugar for that.
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Enjoy!Make these to share with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day morning.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    these cinnamon rolls look amazing!! love the pink icing!! what a treat this would be for my girls on Valentine’s morning!! Great freebies too! Thanks. :)

  2. says

    YUM!! Those sure do look good. I just love to see how you photograph food. It really looks like it should be in a food magazine.

    Hugs~

  3. says

    LOVE the pink vanilla icing! Must remember this for Valentine’s day morning! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!