Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mom's Cinnamon Rolls

Every year at Christmas, my family continues a tradition that I grew up with. We gather together with our scriptures and the manger scene. Father reads the story of Christ's birth out loud from the Bible, as Mother sets up the manger scene. This tradition brings not only the Spirit into our home, but the Christmas spirit as well. It helps us remember what is truly important in our lives.

Afterward, since refreshments are so vital to any gathering, we usually have Cinnamon rolls and Egg nog. This year, I forgot to go buy the pre-made cinnamon rolls, so I pulled out my cookbook to find my mom's recipe.

This was a new recipe for me, and it was amazing. The process was easy, and the results were phenomenal! The rolls are soft and moist; the filling and glaze is not too sweet.

The recipe makes up to 50 cinnamon rolls, so I was able to take 3 dozen to 3 different families in our neighborhood. Sharing the delights really brought the Christmas spirit alive. I've had all of my gifts ready, but now my heart is ready as well.

Mom's Cinnamon Rolls

3 rounded TB yeast
1 cup warm water
1 TB sugar

Mix together and let sit until mix is foamy.


2 cups scalded milk; cooled
3/4 TB salt
6 beaten eggs
2 cubes (1 cup) margarine or butter
1 cup sugar
Raisins (optional)
12+ cups flour

Mix all ingredients together except raisins and flour.
Begin adding flour until knead consistency. Dough should be soft. Knead for 10 minutes.
Allow dough to rise until double.
While dough is rising, mix together the cinnamon filling:

1 cube (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 TB cinnamon

Divide dough into 4 even pieces. Roll out each piece of dough to form rectangles about 1/2 inch thick.
Spread with 1/4 of the cinnamon filling. Add raisins if desired. Roll dough up on long end and slice in 1 inch slices. Repeat with the other 3 sections.

Place rolls in greased baking pans (or on a greased cookie sheet). Sprinkle with Streusel topping:

1 cube (1/2 cup) melted butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
Cut butter into flour until pea sized pieces.

Sprinkle sliced almonds on cinnamon rolls if desired.

Sprinkle tops with more cinnamon.

Let rolls rise until doubled.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375.

While rolls are baking, prepare Glaze:
4 cups powdered sugar
1 TB vanilla
Enough evaporated milk to make glaze the consistency of glue. It doesn't take much!

Pour glaze over warm rolls and enjoy... with Milk!


  1. That's what Christmas should be all about. Thanks for sharing this recipe, my boys love cinammon rolls more than anything. The fact that it makes 50 makes me tear up its so wonderful ;)
    Will give them a shot and let you know how they turned out. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

  2. UM, no. Those arent easy. LOL. (delcious, I'm quite sure!!!! but not easy.) easy is what I do. Frozen rolls, sprinkled with dry pudding, sugar and cinnamon, left out overnight to rise and then baked. LOL

    OVer from SITS.

  3. LOL Michelle! No... compared to your method, these will take a little more work! But, they are relatively easy compared to other recipes I've seen!

  4. Stoppng by from SITS... this recipe for the Cinnamon Rolls looks amazing!

    I also have to say, I love holiday traditions with the whole family. So much fun and memories to share.

  5. I have awarded you the Lemonade Stand Award on my blog! Go check it out! xoxo