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The best sugar glazed cinnamon rolls recipe

Common toppings for cinnamon rolls include cream cheese frosting or sugar glaze.

In Summary

• Common toppings for cinnamon rolls include cream cheese frosting or a sugar glaze.

• Dough should form into a nice ball and be slightly sticky, if it's too sticky add in two more tablespoons of flour.

Well done golden cinnamon rolls with sugar glaze
Well done golden cinnamon rolls with sugar glaze
Image: HANNIE PETRA

A cinnamon roll is a sweet baked rich dough that is filled with a cinnamon-sugar filling.

Its origin being traced to Sweden, where they actually observe a cinnamon roll day.

They're usually fluffy, soft and incredibly delicious, a perfect snack for someone with a sweet tooth.

Common toppings for cinnamon rolls include cream cheese frosting or a sugar glaze.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ cup butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp white sugar 
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • ¾ cup milk 
  • 1 egg 

Filling:

  • ½ cup white sugar 
  • ½ cup brown sugar 
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon 

Method 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Brush a square baking tin with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

In a large bowl, add flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt then whisk. Add 3 tablespoons softened butter into the mixture then knead using your hands.

Warm milk then transfer it to a bowl, add the egg and stir until well mixed.  Pour the mixture into the bowl with flour and stir continuously until a soft dough forms.

The dough should form into a nice ball and be slightly sticky.

Note: If it's too sticky add in 2 more tablespoons of flour.

Transfer dough  to a well-oiled bowl, and cover the it, for an hour to 1 ½ hours, or until it has doubled in size.

You can place a kitchen towel on top of the covered bowl to help with the rising.

Cut and rolled up pieces of cinnamon rolls ready to go into the oven
Cut and rolled up pieces of cinnamon rolls ready to go into the oven
Image: HANNIE PETRA

Uncover the dough and place it into a floured flat work surface. Roll it into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle and brush its surface with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Spread softened butter over dough, leaving a ¼ inch margin at the far side of the dough.

Whisk 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Using your hands sprinkle mixture over the buttered dough, then rub the brown sugar mixture into the butter

Tightly roll dough around filling to form a log, starting from the 9-inch side making sure to seal the edges of the dough as best you can.

Cut the dough into 1 inch sections with a serrated knife. Place rolls on the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until rolls are set.

Take them out and allow 5 minutes to cool.

Glaze with preferred topping and enjoy with a hot cup of white chocolate or coffee.