After a few days of deliberation between which sweet we were craving more - donuts (always, always a fan of donuts) or cinnamon rolls - we decided to venture into our first sweet and gooey cinnamon roll creation! Growing up, it was common for our family to pop open a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, bake, ice and eat before jumping into the car for school. So making everything from scratch felt like a daunting task.

Luckily with a little research and some personal modifications, we found a perfect Cinnamon Roll recipe that isn't extremely time consuming and still absolutely delicious (Husband approved!). Here's what you'll need for our Sweet & Gooey Cinnamon Rolls:

sweet & gooey cinnamon rolls

1 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 1/4 cups cake flour (or all purpose flour) 
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 envelope rapid rise yeast (make sure to get the rapid rise packets!)
1 egg

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)

1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1/4 cup cream cheese (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp milk

We start with the dough. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Put aside. In a small saucepan heat the butter and milk on low until the butter completely melts.  Turn off heat and add rapid rising yeast. Add the egg to the flour mixture and beat on low. Slowly add the milk/butter/yeast mixture to the bowl. When the dough begins to form around the whisks, stop and place dough onto a lightly floured surface.

We always like to add a little flour to our hands to prevent sticking. From here you'll knead the dough for roughly 3-5 minutes. If it becomes sticky, just lightly add some more flour to the surface. Once kneaded, placed a damp towel over the dough for 10 minutes while you mix the filling.

Make your filling by whisking the sugars and cinnamon together in a medium sized bowl. We made ours a little differently by adding the softened butter directly to the sugars and mix for 2 minutes. This creates a light and fluffy cinnamon sugar mix, perfect for spreading on the dough.  We prefer this filling because the texture is absolutely delightful!

After 10 minutes, spread the dough with a rolling pin - about the size of a rectangle - 13x9. Spread the sugary mixture across the dough and begin to roll, starting with the long side.

Once dough is tightly rolled, cut 1.5 inch pieces with a sharp knife and place into a well greased pie pan.

Cover the pie pan again with a damp towel and place in a warm spot for the next 25 minutes as the dough continues to rise. While the dough is rising, you can make the icing for the rolls.

In mixing bowl mix butter, cream cheese and milk until well combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar, continuing to stir until it is thoroughly mixed. Feel free to add more milk if you want the icing thinner. Set aside.

Preheat your oven to 350 and bake the cinnamon rolls for 30 to 35 minutes. Make sure that you test the center rolls to prevent any undercooking or doughy centers. When the rolls are golden brown, remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Add the icing on top and serve immediately! Don't forget to pour yourself a big glass of milk served with a side of napkins! Enjoy!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 11-13

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