These are the BEST cinnamon rolls I've made. They're big, soft, fluffy, and so delicious, it's hard not to bake them every weekend!
You'll never need another cinnamon roll recipe
1 Cup Plant-Based Milk, Warmed to 110 degrees F
2 1/2 Tsp Active Dry Yeast
1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Large Cage Free Egg + 1 Large Egg Yolk (room temperature)
1/3 Cup Salted Butter, Melted
3 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Salted Butter, Melted
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
4 Tbsp Butter, softened
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1. Microwave milk for 45 seconds and pour into stand-up mixer bowl. Add in yeast first, followed by eggs, melted butter, and sugar. Mix on medium-high speed until well combined.
2. Swap whisk for bread hook on mixer and add in bread flour. Knead dough on medium speed until it forms into a ball on the hook. Check consistency. If the dough is really sticky to the touch, add in more bread flour 1 tbsp at a time until it soft and pliable and doesn't stick to your hands.
3. Grease a large mixing bowl (I use butter) and transfer the dough ball. Cover with saran wrap and allow dough to rise for roughly an hour, or until its doubled in size.
4. Once the dough has doubled, punch it down in the center, remove from bowl and put onto a lightly floured surface and knead 4-5 times.
5. Roll into a rectangle, roughly 3/4 inch thick and spread melted butter on the dough.
6. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of melted butter.
7. Roll the dough beginning on a short side and pinch the dough together at the seam to seal the edges. Cut into 2 inch sections with a knife or dental floss (unflavored of course) and place into a lightly buttered 9 x 13 rectangle baking dish. Cover with saran wrap and let rise again for 40 minutes.
8. Remove saran wrap and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake cinnamon rolls for 17-20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. They will look a little undercooked still, but this is what helps them maintain their softness.
9. While they are cooling, mix cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar in stand-up mixer until smooth. Spread on cinnamon rolls and take a taste of heaven!
NOTE: If you want to make these Whole Wheat, you will notice that you cannot find Whole Wheat Bread Flour in the store. Bread flour is a higher protein content flour, so if you'd like to make your cinnamon rolls whole wheat, just purchase a Whole Wheat flour that contains 14% or higher protein content. (Just divide the number of grams of protein by the number of grams per serving).
Some common brands at your local grocery store that work perfectly include:
Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour is 16%
Arrowhead Mills Organic Whole Wheat Flour is 14%
Wheat Montana 100% White Whole Wheat Flour is 15%