Cinnamon rolls are well-loved, but rarely made around here. They are an exciting, special breakfast treat that should only be made once in awhile, to Boyfriend's great dismay. I say this because they're time-consuming and not exactly friendly on the waistline.
But they're so, so good. Seriously, is there anything better than a warm cinnamon roll, oozing with butter, slathered with sugary cream cheese? No. And if you say otherwise, you've obviously never had a good cinnamon roll. I'm just sayin'.
I used Paula Deen's recipe to make the dough, but I have my own way of doing the filling and frosting. I'm a rebel that way.
So I whipped up the dough, then rolled it out about a 1/2 inch thick.
Then I spread my filling aaaaall over it. For my filling, I prefer to use softened butter instead of melted butter. I think it's easier to spread and more of it stays in the middle of the cinnamon roll. It still gets nice and melted in the oven, but it's not squirting out everywhere while you're trying to roll it. You can yell at me about this if you want- I welcome a debate!
Anywho. Softened butter is mixed with brown sugar and cinnamon and spread all over. I could eat this stuff by itself. But I won't, because I understand that would be socially unacceptable. This would be the time to add pecans or raisins if you like it like that.
Then roll it up! I find this part to be the most challenging and I tend to work pretty slowly and precisely. Whatever gets the job done!
Then cut the roll into 1 1/2 inch thick discs. This is easiest if you use a very sharp knife. I always, always, always underestimate the size of the dish I need for this. You'll want a 9x13 inch dish. Got it? 9. by. 13. inch. I know it doesn't look like you have that many rolls, but they will grow a lot before they go in the oven.
Arrange the rolls in a buttered 9x13 inch dish (Remember? Say it with me: 9x13, 9x13, 9x13...) with a little bit of space between them and let them rise for an hour or so.
Then bake 'em!
And when they're done, you get to do the best part of the whole process: frosting! As long as you didn't eat it all before they were done. I couldn't blame you if you did.
Pour yourself a nice big cup of coffee, and enjoy!