Thursday, January 19, 2012

And the Winner of the Cinnamon Roll Cookoff Is…

In reference to my quest for the BEST cinnamon rolls recipe, I made over 200 cinnamon rolls in the space of 4 days, and my family (and friends) all agreed that the our favorite recipe is…

These rolls are melt-in-your-mouth yummy! And really easy to make.
Usually for breads you need a fancy mixer (i.e. KitchenAid, Bosch, etc.). For these rolls you don’t!
You just need a stovetop and a big saucepan.

I tried this one a couple of ways.
I did it by making the dough late one night, then sticking it in the fridge overnight to make hot cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Then another day I made the dough and immediately made them into rolls. Either way works, which I love. That way I can make up the dough the night before to save time! Smile The dough can be refrigerated up to 3 days, so this is a recipe that can definitely fit in your schedule.

These rolls don’t use eggs like most of the other recipes, so that’s another ingredient you don’t have to worry about.

Another thing I like about these rolls is the filling. It uses melted butter and sugar, while others used brown sugar and softened butter. I found the melted butter and sugar to blend flavors better with the dough, and it wasn’t as overpowering.

This recipe also makes A LOT of rolls (about 4 dozen). So I decided to experiment with the icing. The recipe calls for a maple icing that also uses coffee. I don’t drink coffee so I just used a little more milk.
Now I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when it came to this icing. I’m not a big maple fan, and I wasn’t sure about mixing that flavor with cinnamon rolls. BUT I was pleasantly surprised. The recipe uses coffee in it, but I don't drink coffee so I just added a little bit more milk. The maple flavoring *might* be my favorite icing. It was my 5-year old’s favorite as well. The maple seems to perfectly compliment the cinnamon rolls and if you want these for breakfast, then the maple flavoring really seems to fit the bill for that occasion.

I also tried Pioneer Woman’s cream cheese frosting.
This was my husband’s favorite. He absolutely LOVED the rolls with the cream cheese frosting! Personally, I thought it made the rolls too rich, but I was the only one who felt that way.

My 6-year old also really liked the cream cheese frosting. It was her close 2nd. But her favorite was actually the basic powdered sugar, vanilla, milk frosting in Our Best Bites everyday cinnamon rolls.
This is the other one that *might* be my favorite. I couldn’t decide between this one and the maple. Both are absolutely delicious!

I also decided to experiment some more and modified Pioneer Woman’s recipe to make Orange Rolls (recipe in her book).
I actually preferred them the next day (reheated of course since rolls must be eaten warm in my opinion).
While these were perfectly scrumptious, we liked the cinnamon rolls better. However, they were a nice change of pace over the weekend.
Like how my daughter ate the middle out of the cinnamon roll?
It reminds me of those “How do you eat your Reese’s commercials?”

Well those are my results. Did any of you try any or all of the recipes?



  1. Yum! Can you guess what I'm craving right now?
    I'll bet your family had a great time with your experiment :)

  2. I tried those cinnamon rolls over the Christmas break, intending to give them away to friends, because I'd heard they make a ton of rolls. Well, with my parents in town, we ended up snacking on the rolls for the whole week! They were yummy! I also did just the basic powdered sugar, milk, vanilla frosting, but am looking forward to making them with the maple next time. I am so excited to find a recipe that I can actually refrigerate overnight and then make in a snap the next morning. They were a hit at our house!

  3. Your post inspired me to look around and find a good recipe. After talking to a lot of people, and consulting the almighty Pinterest, I tried these out:

    They BLEW my mind. This is the most tender, delicious bread I have ever tasted. So if you ever get the itch to make a few more, you may want to check it out.

  4. I want a Cinnamon roll right now! Definitely going to try a few of these out. Darn, there goes my resolution to eat better.....

  5. Boy I could use a cinnamon roll now too!! Sigh!
    Thanks for all the links

  6. I have made PW's cinnamon rolls and you are right--they are the best and so sinfully yummy!

    Just found your blog and I'm loving it!

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