2 Tblsps. Yeast
1/4cup warm water
1/2 cup butter/margarine
2 cups warm water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
6 cups flour
Chocolate Chips (Or desired filling)
Make the yeast mixture first. In a bowl mix the 2 Tblsps. yeast and 1/4 cup warm water. I also sprinkle a spoonful of sugar over it and then lightly stir the yeast mixture. Set aside and don't disturb.
In a bigger bowl mix the butter and two cups warm water. I usually cut up my butter so it melts easier in the water. I let it sit for a minute and then stir it and make sure it is softened or melted all the way. Add the sugar salt and eggs. Mix well. Mix in 3 cups of the flour. Make sure you mix it well. At this point check on the progress of your yeast. Your yeast should have grown by now. If not you will need to do it over. THE YEAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. It may take some time to practice to get the right temperature but you will learn as you go. At this point add the yeast and stir. After you mixed it in add about 3 more cups of flour. I add a little bit at a time to make sure I get the right consistency. Sometimes I end up not adding all six cups. Just watch it. Cover and let rise for about an hour. At this point I used to punch it down and cover and place in fridge for about another hour. Because I am naughty and learned it can be down without the second rise I usually don't do the fridge rise anymore. Anyway, you will need to melt enough butter to spread over dough. Sprinkle flour down on the counter and take about 1/2 your dough and roll into a rectangluar shape. Brush melted butter on dough. Sprinkle with Cinnamon, brown sugar, and then Chocolate Chips, or raisins, or just keep them plain. Roll the dough towards you and pinch closed. Use a piece of thread to cut your Cinnamon Roll shapes. Slide thread under and cross each piece to cut. Place each roll in sprayed pan. Let rise for about 45 minutes. Place in preheated oven on 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Frosting the Rolls
While the rolls are cooking make the glaze. I don't have an exact measurement. I usually just eye it. But for starters here is what you can do.
2 cups powdered Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup milk (then add a Tblsp. until you get the right consistency)
When the rolls are done, pull them out and drizzle with glaze. Make more glaze as needed.
If you just wanted to make plain rolls instead of cinnamon rolls just roll out your door and use a circle shape from a cup or a cookie cutter to cut your rolls. Brush each circle with butter and roll your circle up. Place side by side in sprayed pan. Let rise for 45 minutes . Cook at 375 for 12-15 minutes. Eat plain or add butter or jam. YUM!
Just a note*** I also use this dough to make my pizza crust with. It makes for a yummy crust.