Monday, October 10, 2011

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

I've been stressed.

So stressed.

Work. Big, important, global event happening at the end of October where I play tour-guide to a bunch of Chinese journalists. 20,000 things to do to prepare for said big, fat event.


So, I did the only thing natural one can do when stressed. I made the most delicious sugary, ooey, and comforting thing I could: Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. Remember those browned-butter cinnamon rolls I made a long time ago? Throw away that recipe. Those are 10 times harder to make and taste half as good as these babies.

And they really do taste EXACTLY like Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. I think the vanilla pudding is what does it. And the frosting is dead on too.

I ate approximately 10 and felt so great. Don't think of it as an unhealthy amount of sugar, think of it as anti-anxiety medication. It worked for me.


Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 2 Tbl. sugar
  • 3 1/2 oz. pkg. vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup margarine −− melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teas. salt
  • 6 cups flour

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 teas. vanilla
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tbl. milk

  1. To make frosting, mix all ingredients until smooth.
  2. In a bowl combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Set aside.

  1. In large bowl, take pudding mix and prepare according to package directions.
  2. Add margarine, eggs and salt. Mix well. 
  3. Then add yeast mixture. Blend.
  4. Gradually add flour; knead until smooth. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled.
  5. Punch down dough and let rise again.
  6. Then roll out on floured board to 34 x 21" size. Take 1 cup soft butter and spread over surface. 
  7. In bowl, mix 2 cups brown sugar and 4 teas. cinnamon. Sprinkle over top. 
  8. Roll up very tightly. With knife, put a notch every 2". Cut with thread or knife.
  9. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet 2" apart. Take hand and lightly press down on each roll.
  10. Cover and let rise until double (I put mine in the fridge overnight).

Bake at 350 15−20 minutes. Remove when they start to turn golden. DON'T OVER BAKE!!

Frost warm rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

1 comment:

  1. haha, you crack me up! i use food often as an anti-anxiety med too! :) good luck with your huge event, you're going to be awesome!