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Nostalgic holiday recipes - Cinnamon Rolls


You can add just about anything to the filling for
cinnamon rolls, including chocolate chips or coconut.

Shawn commented: Cinnamon Rolls where always a tradition for the holidays when growing up.

At my house, too! I used to love it when my mom let me help her knead the dough. Putting on the toppings, though, was the best part. My older sister and I would usually get a bit carried away with the brown sugar and cinnamon and we would get very gooey, very very cinnamony rolls.

Here is my mom's recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Rolls


2 cups warm mashed potatoes

1 cup warm water

2 tablespoons dry yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

7 cups flour

1/2 cup butter, very soft

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup raisins, optional

1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional


Combine the mashed potatoes, warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar and let stand 30 minutes in a warm place. Mix in the vegetable oil, 1 cup sugar, eggs and salt. Mix in the flour, adjusting the amount as needed to make a soft dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes or until it is elastic. Roll it into a rectangle about 1/2-inch thick. Spread the butter over the dough, then sprinkle the cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins and nuts over the top of the butter. Roll the dough lengthwise and cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Carefully place the rolls in a buttered cake pan about 1 inch apart. Cover with a damp cloth or greased plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until they rise to be double in size. Remove the covering and bake at 375 degrees F about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Frost with icing if desired.

Easy Icing


1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

dash salt


Combine all ingredients thoroughly, adjusting the amount of milk if needed to make a spreadable icing.