I can hardly believe that it is almost April!  Time seems to fly so much faster, the older I get.  As of today we only have 65 days until my Tales offically graduates.  I still think of her being a sassy 5 year old…and now she is a SUPER sassy 18 year old.  With Easter later in the week, I always think back to when the kids were young.  The Easter Bunny would fill baskets for them and hide a ton of eggs.  For some reason Tales was always so much better at finding eggs than Tater was.  We finally had to start having each one of them only find one color…otherwise Tales would have a basket full and Tater would still be looking.  She finally admitted a while ago that she was peeking when we {I mean-the Easter Bunny} hid them.  I told you she is sassy!!  So sneaky and funny.

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These One Rise Cinnamon Rolls would be a great addition to your Easter morning.  I love a good homemade breakfast roll but they take so much time to make.  This recipe takes an entire rise out of the equation and honestly…you can have these on the table in a little over an hour but they also keep well for a couple of days at room temperature.  It is my favorite dough because it is so easy to work with and bakes up tender.

Using instant yeast is the main reason that these rolls can be made so quickly.  Instead of letting the dough rise before you shape them, we are just going to let the dough rest for about 10 minutes, fill, roll and then rise.  I like to turn my oven on to 175 degrees while I am making the dough.  Once it gets to temperature I turn it off and then use it like a proofer {a machine that helps your bread dough rise}.  You will be able to tell that the rolls are ready because they will be a little puffy.  They don’t have to be risen too much because they will rise more when they bake.  I find that if you let rolls rise too long then they sink as they bake.  I also like to mix my filling ingredients together, instead of layering them on the dough.  It helps with the mess.  Add the glaze when they are warm and you have the perfect roll!

One Rise Cinnamon Rolls

Tender and delicious Cinnamon Rolls made in about an hour.

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 rolls

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter {cut into cubes}
  • 31/4-31/2 cups flour
  • 1 pkg instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg

Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar {packed}
  • 1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter {softened}

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter {melted}
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Instructions

Dough

  1. Place milk and butter in a glass measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds.  Butter might not be totally melted but thats alright, it will continue to melt from the heat of the milk.  Set aside.  In a large bowl mix together 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt.  When milk mixture has cooled a bit {but should still be warm} add it to the flour mixture, along with the egg.  Using the paddle attachment, mix until combined.  Switch to the dough hook and add remaining flour.  The amount will vary a bit, start with an additional cup and up to a total of 3 1/2 cups.  Dough will leave the sides of the bowl.  Continue mixing with the dough hook for 4 minutes {this will act as your kneading step}.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and let rest for about 10 minutes.  

Filling

  1. While the dough is resting, make the filling.  Combine the brown sugar, softened butter and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until everything is combined well.

Assembly & Baking

  1. Roll rested dough into a rectangle that is about 12 inches by 14 inches.  Spread filling mixture over the surface of the dough and roll up from the longer side of the dough.  Cut into 12 equal rolls, I like to cut the dough roll in half, then each half in half and then finally 3 slices from each quarter.  Place rolls into a greased 9x13 pan or two round pie plates.  Let rolls sit in a warm place {see notes}  for 20-30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake risen rolls for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Glaze

  1. Combine all of the glaze ingredients into a bowl and whisk until combined.  Pour over warm rolls.

Recipe Notes

  • To help the dough rise faster:  While you are preparing your dough, turn the oven on and heat to 175 degrees and then turn it off.  Put rolls in oven to rise for 15 minutes, remove rolls and then turn oven to 350 degrees.  Bake as directed.
  • When we celebrate a birthday I like to add sprinkles to the filling and make them extra special.

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