Monday, April 4, 2011

Maple Iced Cinnamon Rolls Tutorial

Hi and Welcome to my Red Couch!

Over the weekend our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, held it's Semi-Annual General Conference.  On this weekend we don't attend church and we watch the televised conference messages.  It's a weekend full of wonderful, positive, faith-filled talks that encourage us to take action to be better people.

 I usually try to make something special on General Conference weekends, and over the weekend I made Maple Iced Cinnamon Rolls.  I have been making this recipe for years.  Make sure you have enough people to eat these because they taste the best fresh from the oven!  Although not difficult to make, these take a little under three hours to make, but they are worth every minute of time.  You can also use quick-rise yeast to speed up the process; I didn't.  I have included some pictures of the cinnamon roll process.  Hope you enjoy.

Many moons ago as a parting gift to the staff where I had interned for the summer I made cinnamon rolls.  Their comment was, "We didn't know you could bake!"  They implied that I should have been baking and bringing cinnamon rolls in to the office throughout the summer.

Maple Iced Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Adapted from a Betty Crocker Recipe

The Sweet Roll Dough
1  package regular active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 110 degrees)
1/2 cup lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl.  Stir in milk, sugar, butter, salt, egg and 2 cups of the flour.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a dough easy to handle.  Turn onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes or put in Bosch or Kitchen Aid mixer and mix for about 5 minutes on low.  Place dough in greased large bowl; turn greased side up.  Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.  Don't short the rising time!  Punch down dough.  This makes your basic sweet roll dough.

Cinnamon Roll Stuffing Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

On lightly floured surface, flatten dough with rolling pin into 15 x 9-inch rectangle. 

Spread dough with softened butter. 

Mix sugar and cinnamon.

Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture over dough.  Sugar and cinnamon spice make the cinnamon rolls so nice!

Roll dough up tightly beginning with the 15 inch side. 

Continue to roll dough.  Stretch and work roll to make it even.

Cut dough into 1-1/2 inch rounds making 12 to 16 cinnamon rolls.    I use a serrated bread knife to do the cutting -- it seems to work best.  In a pinch, I have also used floss!

Don't you just love the look?

Place closely on buttered baking sheet.  You can also place them separately, for individual rolls.

Let rise until doubled.  Look how nice and fat they are!  This only takes about 40 minutes.

Bake in a 350 degree oven, on a middle rack, for about 25 to 30 minutes. 

Maple Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maple flavoring or flavoring of your choice.

While fresh from the oven, drizzle rolls with maple glaze.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and as always thanks for stopping by Red Couch Recipes!


Pondside said...

Yes, I'd have a crowd in because I'd otherwise be tempted to eat too many!

Marigene said...

Oh my, those rolls look delicious, Joni!

La said...

These look heavenly, Joni.

Lisa said...

ooooh! Trying to kill me with these pictures! They look amazing!


I love your Cinnamon Roll tutorial! Perfect! Thanks for coming by and leaving such a nice comment! I'm very grateful and I will keep visiting, as I had followed you already, aaand love your recipes!
Have a nice week.

Kathleen said...

You make it look so easy! I would love one right now. It must smell heavenly in your kitchen!

the country cook said...

Those are GORGEOUS!

Beth said...

Those look super-delicious, Joni!
I just noticed your music; have you had it for awhile and I missed it? I like the first song.
Blessings to you, Beth

Beth said...

Joni, Thanks for your comment; 86 yesterday but in the 50s and very windy today. I look forward to seeing you tablescape with the Liberty Blue plates!
Blessings, Beth

Mimi said...

Fabulous cinnamon rolls and tutorial.

Deanna said...

I know these must just melt in your mouth.
Great post.

God bless and may you have a sweet life,
d from homehaven in Kansas

Sue said...

We were on the same wave-length yesterday:) Your tutorial is great, Joni. Your dough looks so smooth, and I REALLY must try the maple icing. What a tasty idea! Fantastic conference wasn't it? Sue:)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

These look "Delicious"!!! Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe... Do you think they would freeze well???
Hugs to you,

Judy said...

I love maple frosting on cinnamon rolls!!! This makes me want to bake some today....

Erin said...

Oh my! They look absolutely heavenly! I just love maple but haven't added it before to cinnamon rolls. Where have I been?!?! Can't wait to try these!

Jacqueline said...

I will have to make the maple frosting! I love maple frosting from the donuts at Harmons but haven't done them myself. I was sick on Sat. and Sun. (just been bragging I hadn't been sick all winter!) I enjoyed Conference from bed though. No one to make cinnamon rolls though! They are one of our Conference specialties too.

Karen said...

You make it look so easy!!...

Renée said...


Way to make an amazing conference even more remarkable! Your rolls are glorious...even celestial...I hope!

Kelly Massman said...

Those look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are making me hungry!

Joy Tilton said...

I can smell these delicious rolls all the way to Arkansas! Thanks for another great recipe to try!

Holly said...

Oh my!!!! These look absolutely deeeeevine;)

Tiffanee said...

Amazing!! I needed this recipe for General Conference. My family thinks I need to make cinnamon rolls in honor of conference. Bookmarking this to make soon...I can't wait until October!!

Suzy Myers said...

Oh my. These look awesome! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at and link this project!


Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Absolutely fabulous cinnamon rolls - I love the maple drizzle too. Great photos... now I feel like I need to go make cinn rolls.

Happy Foodie Friday,

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Yes please! What a great way to start off the day.

I'd love to have you share this recipe on Sweet Tooth Friday.

alice said...

Great tutorial. I love cinnamon and just made a batch of cinnamon ice cream. I also love your mock meat loaf idea a few posts down. Thanks for sharing these lovely ideas.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I would love one right now. Great tutorial!

MrsJenB said...

Yum! I adore fresh cinnamon rolls and making them has become a holiday tradition around here - guess I'll be having some in a couple of weeks, come to think of it! ;)

Thanks for sharing, and for tempting me so, at Foodie Friday!

Melissa said...

Found your recipe on Tatertots and Jello. I am going to give this recipe to my husband he likes trying new cinnamon roll recipes.

Unknown said...

These look wonderful! I can almost smell them! :)


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh My Gosh! I am drooling! Those look soooo good. Thank you for sharing these and the tutorial for Favorite Things. laurie

Trisha said...

Lovely ... I'm u'r newest follower!