These cinnamon rolls are so good with coffee in the morning and they will keep several days. Just add a little butter on top and reheat in the microwave.  Great for a holiday breakfast, too. Your friends and family will love these breakfast treats.

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
1/2 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
Spread for Dough
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine or 4 tablespoons
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup nut pieces, Optional
Heat milk on stove  just to boiling point. Remove from stove and add shortening, sugar and salt. Let cool until just warm. (About 10 minutes.)   In a small bowl add yeast to the 1/2 cup warm water and mix to dissolve.  In a large mixing bowl add 1 cup of the flour, the cooled milk mixture, the yeast and the egg.  Mix well with a spoon.  Add the other 1 1/2 cups flour, mix and turn out onto a floured surface.  Knead about 10 times until dough is not sticky, can add more flour if needed.  Grease a large bowl or crock. (I just use Canola oil)  Add dough and turn once so both sides will be oiled.  Let rise about 1 1/2 hours in a warm place. (I just cover with a dish towel on the counter.)  After dough has doubled, punch down, remove from bowl and roll out to a rectangle about 17 inches by 9 inches.  Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Brush or spread on the rolled out dough. If using nuts, add them.   Roll dough up lengthwise. Cut in slices.  Place in greased 9 x 13 baking dish.  Let rise till doubled.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 30 to 40 minutes.  Makes 12 large rolls. Add one of the toppings below.
Note:  You can double this recipe.
Glaze Topping for Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 or 4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts of your choice, Optional
Mix together with wire whisk.  Spread over cinnamon rolls. (Can do this while they are hot or once they have cooled)
You can also frost these with caramel frosting,  too. The recipe for the caramel frosting is below. If you have frosting left over, it is great on ice cream and can be reheated in microwave.
Penuche Frosting
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine all ingredients except vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring to keep from burning. Boil one minute. Remove from stove and add vanilla
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  1. I do not have a warm space in my house, think major hot flashes, so is there a stove method I can use to create a warm spot so it can rise. I have a feat of working with yeast. Seems like I saw one on Facebook

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I usually just turn the light on above my stove and cover it with a dish towel and set on top of the stove and it rises fine that way, Terri.

  2. What kind of shortening do you use?

  3. Shirley Doran says:

    These are like the one’s I have been making for my family for a long time!!!!!

  4. yes, they’ve freeze. Cook your cinnamon rolls and freeze them after they have cooled. When ready to eat them, take them out to thaw out ..then pop in the oven to warm them up… I usually spritz with a little bit of butter (i can’t believe it’s not butter spray) just to keep them from getting dry .. then ice as normal…

  5. Is there anyway these could be made and froze before cooking?

  6. Wanda F. grubbs Alexander says:

    These looks just wonderful,i just might have to gie these a try oneday to see if i can do it…As i enjoy baking and cooking,Thank you for so many great recipes!!

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  8. LovetoBake says:

    These look delicious! Can you add raisins?

  9. Susan McGuire says:

    OMW!!! I’am now officially starving & only these cinnamon rolls will satisfy my hunger!! These look simply delicious!!! Can’t wait to try to make them!

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  11. patricia statome says:

    Your cinnamon roll look yummy! !

  12. patricia statome says:

    I have a kindle fire & [email protected] is all i have! !My children pay for everything! !

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  14. Looking Good this morning Christy ..going to make them this morning also luv rolls

  15. I have a grandson who loves cinnamon rolls, I am going to make these for his birthday..minus the nuts

  16. Leila Rockwell says:

    These look delicious and I’m looking forward to making them. Thank you Leila


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  18. Cora Lea Gaither says:

    Wish you had “smell-a-vision”. They looks so yummy. will have to make them over thanksgiving

  19. I have been thinking about making cinnamon rolls soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. These look absolutely fantastic!! I had actually been looking for a good Cinnamon Roll recipe this past week. I think I will be making these for the family for a nice little treat for the weekend!

    Thanks so much Judy

    Make it a great day, you deserve it!

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