Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sugary Goodness

My friend and I have have been planning to make The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls for awhile. They just look so good. Today we finally took a crack at it.

It's really a wonder we got any made at all. Whenever we are together we are constantly laughing.

We've known each other for 19 years. We know each others secrets. We're second moms to each others children. She describes me as the little devil that is always on her shoulder. I'm not sure how I should take that. Ha!

Back to the rolls, they did not look at all like Ree's. Maybe we missed a step from all the cutting up. They were soft and mushy when we were rolling them up.

We couldn't believe how much butter the recipe called for. I think we left some out and still felt like we put in too much. Get a load of that measuring cup. Yep, all butter.

They turned out so ugly, but they were oh so good! I didn't even get a close up picture, they were that hideous. So direct your attention to the nice steaming cup of coffee and away from the flat blobs of sugary goodness.

Here's Ree's recipe. Be sure to go to her blog to see a really nice picture of these delicious rolls!

  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast
  • 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
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ¼ cups Melted Butter
  • ¼ cups Brewed Coffee
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
Preparation Instructions

Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. “Scald” the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in both packages of Active Dry Yeast. Let this sit for a minute. Then add 8 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.

After rising for at least an hour, add 1 more cup of flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together. (At this point, you could cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two, if necessary. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to overflow out of the pan, just punch it down).

When ready to prepare rolls: Sprinkle rolling surface generously with flour. Take half the dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape. Drizzle 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter over the dough. Now sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the butter followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

Now, starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Next, pinch the seam of the roll to seal it.

Spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a seven inch round foil cake or pie pan. Then begin cutting the rolls approximately ¾ to 1 inch thick and laying them in the buttered pans.

Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees (see note below) until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.

For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Go crazy and don’t skimp on the frosting.

Note: My rolls don’t work for me at 400 degrees anymore. I now bake them at 375 degrees.


  1. I've always wanted to make these. I printed off the recipe a while ago but haven't made them yet. They look so yummy.

  2. And these are healthy,right? yum! yum!

  3. I don’t know what you’re talking about, these look delish! Love the picture of the steaming cup of coffee!

    My sister-in-law made P.W. chocolate sheet cake and it was to die....loved it! I still need to buy her cookbook.

    Happy Monday to ya!


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