Awesome Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls
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I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years, I know we did.  Well, we had a great Christmas, but New Year's was questionable.

If you enjoy sniffling colds, fevers, coughing, and just generally feeling like crap...then we had a blast! :) The little man has been pretty sick the last few days, so I've been a bit delayed in re-sharing my cinnamon rolls with you that we ate inhaled Christmas morning. The last time I shared these my youngest niece was just born, and since she just had her second birthday I thought it was good time to re-share!
Cinnamon Rolls
Apparently they were pretty tasty, if the empty pan is any indication. This is my go-to cinnamon roll recipe, and whenever I've tried to stray and make a different one, my husband nicely requests that I just stick with this one. So I guess this has his vote as the favorite.

The roll is a soft, pastry like cinnamon roll - not your average giant, puffy Cinnabon-clone. Not that there is anything wrong with giant, puffy, Cinnabon-clone rolls. These are just different, but equally as delicious.
Cinnamon Rolls
So delicious in fact, my kiddo just told me he needed one, because his cold was making him feel like his hands were pancakes. ??? Because the solution to cold-induced Pancake Hand Syndrome is a gooey, delicious cinnamon roll of course.

The addition of mashed potato and sour cream in the dough helps to make the dough soft, tender and super yummy. So here you go, enjoy my cinnamon rolls!


Cinnamon Rolls
Yield: 12  Printable Recipe

2 pkgs active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/3 cup warm water

1/2 cup warm mashed potatoes (plain)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
3 cups unbleached flour

1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg white
2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp soft butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
enough milk or orange juice to make a thick pouring glaze

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a small bowl, combine the water, yeast and sugar; set aside to foam for about 5 minutes. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the warm mashed potato (just plain mashed potato, nothing added to it), sugar, sour cream, melted butter, eggs, and salt. Add the flour and yeast mixture.  Using the dough hook, mix the dough on speed 2, for 2 minutes.

Add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough just cleans the bowl, but is very soft. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to raise until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours. Punch down and let rise again (about another 2 hours.) On a lightly flour surface, roll the dough into a rectangle and spread with smear. (The size of the rectangle will depend on how large you want the finished rolls.) Roll dough into cylinder. Cut into 1 1/2 inch slices. Place in a greased 9x13 oblong pan.

If baking immediately: Allow the rolls to rise again until doubled. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes at 350. Remove from oven when done and brush with melted butter. Drizzle with glaze while still hot.

Overnight method: Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to raise overnight.  When ready to bake in the morning, remove rolls from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes.  Then bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.  Drizzle with glaze while still hot.

While the rolls are baking, combine the powdered sugar, butter, and enough milk to make a thick pouring glaze.  Use a spoon or the tines of a fork to drizzle the glaze over the rolls.  Use as much or as little as you like.
Cinnamon Rolls


Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Mashed potatoes in the dough - well that's a new one to me! But the fact that your hubs requests these over and over and that this is the recipe you come back to speaks volumes for it!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

These sound so awesome! Love this recipe!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Amazing! I mean seriously, is there anything better than devouring this for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

tijuana (po' man meals) said...

well, you try something new everyday, right? that picture would convince me to try ANYTHING. lol! looks soooo good!

Cassie | Bake Your Day said...

There is nothing like a good cinnamon nostalgia for me. These look amazing, Amber!

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe said...

I'm so intrigued by the mashed potato and sour cream in this recipe! Can't wait to give it a try.
Happy New Year to you and your family Amber!

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

Oh these rolls really look awesome! I would love them with a glass of milk.. :)

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh how I miss those little kid days!! My son takes his driver license test tomorrow, and time if moving much to quickly for this mommy.
Cinnamon Rolls are a favorite in our household, but it's been ages since I made them. Can't remember the last time in fact. We have 3 more days of Christmas Break and I think I"m inspired!!
I sure hope the little guy is feeling better (that picture of him steals the post!)

Amanda @ The Taste Tester said...

Oh man, I adore cinnamon rolls :) Your photos are beautiful!

Heather said...

I am always trying new cinnamon roll recipes in a quest to find the perfect recipe. This one is next on my list! I love that they have sour cream and mashed potatoes in them!

Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

These look phenomenal and so comforting!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

There's nothing like a fresh, homemade cinnamon roll! These look perfect!

Karly said...

Hmm, I might try these out for breakfast tomorrow. I don't love the cinnabon recipes, because they're too bready. (Though I would certainly never turn a cinnamon roll down!) I like your pastry description. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Pancake Hand Syndrome - love it! I'm no stranger to the wonders of potato & sour cream in baked goods. I have a lovely chocolate & potato cake recipe that also contains sour cream. I'm going to have to dig it out now and blog about it!

Ann said...

I think any recipe that calls for a smear is one I need in my life. These look gorgeous! said...

Your rolls look perfect, and as a very amateur baker, I know that's not easy! Thanks for the great recipe.

I'm so happy that you visited and linked up at One Creative Weekend at The next party starts tonight at 8:00 PM MST. I hope you'll be back.

Anonymous said...

Amazing indeed! I made them last weekend and it is Wednesday and the second batch is just about to go in the oven!!! Thank you very much!! I enjoyed reading your blog! Happy Spring:))

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