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Valentine Cinnamon Rolls {Recipe}

Valentine Cinnamon Rolls {Recipe}


  • 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


  • To make dough:
  • In the bowl of mixer, dissolve yeast in warm milk & let stand until foamy. (10 min.)
  • Add granulated sugar, eggs, flour & salt.
  • Use dough hook & knead on low speed, adding a little flour if needed until ingredients come together.
  • Toss in the butter & continue to knead until the dough is smooth & springy. (7 min)
  • Form dough into a ball & put in an oiled bowl & cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let dough rise at room temperature until it doubles. (2 hours)
  • Butter 9x13" baking pan.
  • Punch down dough & turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut dough in half.
  • Roll out into a rectangle- about 10x7"
  • Spread with half the soft butter.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture, then cover with brown sugar & then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Starting on the long side- roll dough into a log. Pinch ends to close.
  • Slice into 8 equal rounds. Arrange slicked side down in pan.
  • Repeat with remaining dough & ingredients.
  • 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)
  • Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat to 400 degrees.
  • Brush buns with melted butter. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly in pan on a wire rack.
  • Spread with frosting while still warm.
  • Serve immediately.
  • For the frosting:
  • Combine all ingredients in small bowl.
  • 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.