Friday, December 2, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls

 Today I'm going to share my grandma's cinnamon rolls.

 I made these with my kids, so I didn't remember to get any pictures while making them.  Here's the recipe:

1 T. yeast
1/2 c. warm water
 1/2 c. shortening
1 c. warm milk
3 eggs
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
4-6 c. flour

Mix together yeast and water. Let sit a few minutes. Place shortening and milk in microwave and heat until shortening melts. Mix together all ingredients. Start with 4 c. flour and gradually add 1/2 cup at a time until a dough forms. I use my Kitchenaid and let it knead for 5 minutes or so.

1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
brown sugar
raisins, optional

Roll out dough into large rectangle.  Pour melted butter on top and spread out.  Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins. I don't have measurements. I just add what looks good.
Roll up the dough and slice into rolls. Place on a greased pan and let raise 1-2 hours. Bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes. Frost immediately. I like to use Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. margarine, softened
2 t. milk
1 t. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
 Mix together with beaters.
I think it's about time I shared a failed project with you all.  My husband was flipping through the channels and we saw the yummiest looking pecan rolls. I decided to try them using the cinnamon roll recipe for the dough.  I made half cinnamon and half pecan rolls. The instructions for the sauce were vague - butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon. They placed the sauce in the pan and the rolls on top. Then they flipped the pan over when they were done.

This is how mine turned out.

Go ahead and laugh - I am!  I need to work on my flipping skills. 
Besides the mess, they actually tasted pretty good but my butter to sugar ratio was a little off. I used too much sugar.  I'll definitely be trying again sometime.

Here are some other recipes from my Grandma:
Effie's Sugar Cookies
Ginger Snaps
O' Henry Bars 
Pie Crust
Grandma's Rolls
Chicken Noodle Soup
Monkey Bread
Hot Fudge Sauce
Lemon Freeze
Best Ever Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cheesy Corn Chowder


  1. we all learn from our mistakes thanks for sharing I have never made my own my grandma could whip the out in her sleep I think I may give it a whirl now that I know I may not only be the one to make a mistake come see me at

  2. Ugh. Isn't it so sad to see all that work go to waste? Thanks for linking up ALL those great posts to the Head to Head Showdown, I'm glad you did! ~Jen @

  3. Oh, yummmm! Cinnamon rolls are so good! Thanks for sharing at One Artsy Mama!

  4. OMG! I love this and really think I could handle this recipe! I am so glad I found you at Brooke's awesome party @ Get Outta' My Head Please! I am one of the girls "partying" with her on Mondays. My readers would love this and love to meet you. Head on over to "Meet Me Monday" and share! Love, Me This is too cute! I found you through Brookes party at "Get Outta My Head". I am one of her Monday party gals! Head on over to my party! My readers would LOVE to meet you! Love, Me

  5. I make cinnamon rolls every Christmas, well Christmas eve for Christmas morning. The kids look so forward to it because it's the only time I do it. It really makes cinnamon rolls so much more enjoyable to have them homemade. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Love the pecan roll photo. LOL

  6. OMG Rachel, this look amazing. I am quite literally terrified of baking, but I think I might give these a go... will let you know how they turn out!

  7. Well your rolls look great, and your fail made me smile, we all have them!

  8. I have been looking for a new cinnamon rolls recipe. Pinned these to try later. And thanks for sharing a failure. Good to know I am not the only one making mistakes in the kitchen:>