Say Hello to fluffy, yummy Cinnamon Rolls glazed with vanilla cream cheese that is poured on top while the rolls are warm,drips into the middle and soaks every single bite.
It’s during difficult times like this that one needs something indulgent to forget all the worries for a while. And that’s exactly what I needed yesterday.
These Cinnamon Rolls are amazing and let me warn you, your house will smell like a nice little candle store. Ahhhh! And the best part is…..YOU CAN EAT EM! 😀
The recipe is simple and doesn’t take long to prep, so don’t get intimidated by the long list of ingredients.
For the Dough:
2 1/4 tsp Dry Yeast
3/4 cup Whole Milk
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup warm Water
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp of Salt
1/4 + 1/4 cup Melted Unsalted Butter
4 cups of All-Purpose Flour
For the Filling:
1/3 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon powder
For the Glaze:
1/4 cup Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1 Tbsp Unsalted butter (room temperature)
3/4-1 cup Powdered Sugar/ Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
3 to 4 Tbsp Warm Milk
*To activate the yeast, use only warm water and not hot water. It will end up killing the yeast.
*If using a stand mixer, use dough attachment.
*The longer you knead, the better. A soft dough is what you need. If using a mixer, put it on high for about 5 minutes.
*The filling can be altered according to your liking. You can also add choco chips with sugar if you like your chocolate.
In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the granulated sugar, yeast and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
In another bowl mix the egg, milk, salt, vanilla, the remaining sugar, and 1/4 cup melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour, yeast mixture, mix until it’s all incorporated and add remaining flour. Knead well until you have a smooth dough.
Oil a large bowl with some oil and place the dough in. Cover with plastic wrap/ cloth and place it in a warm spot to rise for a minimum of 2-3 hours.
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon for the filling, set aside. When doubled in size, take out the dough roll it out onto a floured surface into a rectangle.
Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Starting from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough.
Cut into equal-sized slices and place them cut side down, slightly away from each other in a well-buttered baking pan. Cover again and put them back into a warm spot to rise for another 1 hour.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Once risen, brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. If using a gas oven, preheat on high and bake on low till done.
For the glaze:
Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl except for the milk, once the cream cheese is all mixed, slowly add the milk until you get a runny glaze consistency.
Immediately pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls
Top with walnuts/ pecans/ choco chips and enjoy!