Melissa's Cuisine: PW's Cinnamon Rolls

Thursday, April 14, 2011

PW's Cinnamon Rolls

This is the second recipe I made for the cookbook review over at It's a Keeper.  I also made Pioneer Woman's Mac & Cheese.

These cinnamon rolls are incredible!  Seriously, I could eat the whole pan and still want more!  Good thing this recipe makes 7 or 8 pans!  I made a ton these around Thanksgiving last year and they were a huge hit.  I plan to make more for Easter this year.  These rolls can be described as: tender, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, delicious....

I don't make the maple frosting, as I'm not a fan of maple.  Usually I'll make a simple glaze of powdered sugar and milk, but sometimes I'll make a cream cheese frosting.  No matter what you top these rolls with, they're fabulous!

You will need:

  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
  • 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
  • _____
  • 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.

*For the sake of the cookbook review, this recipe is from PW's cookbook/website.  I did not write it out and all the instructions are courtesy of the Pioneer Woman.

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  1. Thanks so much for making these!!! I've been dying to try this recipe but just haven't gotten around to it. Now, I definitely am!

    Thanks for participating in the It's a Keeper cookbook review!

    Christina @ It's a Keeper

  2. Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom made these same cinnamon rolls (gluten free) and I have been dying to try them. I think I would prefer a simple glaze as well. Just lovely.

  3. I've been dying to make her rolls, the sound son wonderful.

    I hope to see you at Sweet Tooth Friday this week.

  4. These look diving...damn that Pioneer Woman and her attempts to ruin all diets!! I can not believe how many pans you made!! Congrats on your feature this week and thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

  5. OO, you need to link with HAPPIER THAN A PIG IN is Celebrity Cook Along and the featured cook...the Pioneer Woman.

    These look fabulous and we LOVE maple anything. :)

  6. Thanks for making these...I have wanted to do it but haven't as yet. Wow! I better have an army to feed when I do it!

  7. You HAVE been busy Melissa! I have no doubt that folks love to see you coming bearing gifts, unlike me in August with bags of zucchini:@) I do look forward to trying these, haven't done it yet. Thanks so much for joining in!

  8. That is a lot of cinnamon rolls. They look delish! You can always count on PW for great recipes.

  9. Melissa! Did you really make all those pans of cinnamon rolls? I am very impressed! They look delicious! Now, up here in New England you must like maple syrup because it is so fresh and delicious, so I will try your rolls with the maple syrup, but your ways sound good too! Thank you for finding the recipe! Linda

  10. I'm afraid I would OD on all those if I had them in my house. They look so good and labor intensive.

  11. I have been wanting to try this recipe since I bought the book at Christmastime. Right now I am making the meatballs, but for easter I am planning to make these rolls. Thanks for giving me a visual on how much they make.

  12. These sound really, reallly good! So glad you shared the recipe as I definitely want to give them a try.
    Blessings, Beth

  13. wow, these look so good!!!I've been dying to try these out:)

  14. This looks absolutely delicious! I never made cinnamon rolls myself, but I MUST try this recipe! :-)

  15. WOW! That's a LOT of cinni-buns! They look de-lish! I am also not a fan of the maple... it spurs on hypoclycemia unreasonable fast! I might try these but half the recipe and still send people home with them after Easter...
    A huge THANK YOU for also posting my party button! I appreciate it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  16. I've been anxious to make PW's cinnamon rolls.Yours came out looking really good. :)

  17. Hi! I'm featuring your cinnamon rolls this week on It's a Keeper Thursday! Please stop by and grab a button! And, please link up again this week!

    Christina @ It's a Keeper

  18. These look amazing! I can't wait to make them this weekend. Thanks!!!

  19. Ohhhhh yes! I love PW's cinnamon rolls! I made them at Christmas for the first time and gave them away as Christmas presents. They were a big hit! :) I'm just working on her orange marmalade rolls now for Easter. Hopefully they'll be as yummy as her cinnamon rolls!


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