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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

INGREDIENTS:

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

METHOD:

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

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

dash salt

METHOD:

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

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