My dad has Cancer and as anyone who has been close to somebody with this disease knows, his body is going through an entire spectrum of quirks. One of which is a serious side effect of the steroids he has been taking to take the swelling out of his brain after his most recent surgery, cravings. He is having cravings for everything from loads of salt to an even more heightened sweet tooth than the already oversized one I inherited from him. This meaning my mom, my sister, and I have recently made late night runs to McDonald’s, watched as he doused an egg mcmuffin in mustard, and went back to the counter to order a second organic grass-fed burger. During the time he was still in Houston at MD Anderson, I was the only one with a kitchen, leaving me to work to satisfy his the craving that only I would be able to cook up. The Christmas morning traditional cinnamon rolls, that are currently my own recipe, were at the top of his must eat list. What could be better than a yeasty, sticky, ooey gooey cinnamon roll to feed the soul? This is by far my most requested recipe and I have now decided to share it with all of you…….
Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls
1 quart of milk
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of sugar
2 packages of active dry yeast
8 cups of all-purpose flour
1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder
1 small tablespoon of baking soda
1 package of vanilla pudding mix
2 cups melted butter
1/4 cup cinnamon (I sometimes substitute with pumpkin pie spice for an even warmer flavor)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 pounds of sugar
1/2 cup of milk (I keep skim in the house so that’s what I use)
6 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup strong coffee
1 tablespoon Madagascar vanilla extract
Directions: Heat the milk, oil, and sugar, cool until lukewarm, sprinkle yeast on top and sit for 1 minute. Add 7 cups flour and the pudding mix, stir until just combined in a large mixing bowl. Put a cloth on top and sit in a warm place for an hour. The mixture may rise over your bowl, if needed punch it down.
Then add the baking powder, soda, and remaining flour, stir until thoroughly combined.
If your making this the night before, this is where you cover the dough and put in the fridge. Preheat oven to 375. Roll out half the dough on a floured surface, roll into a large rectangle. Pour 1 cup of butter on top, spread out with your fingers, and sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/8 a cup of cinnamon.
Now roll them up and cut into 1 1/2 inch slices.
Repeat with the next half of the dough. Put a couple of tablespoons in your pie pans and put into the oven to melt and coat the pans. Then place the rolls into the pans without overcrowding. Let rise for another 20 minutes on the counter with a towel on top.
Then bake for about 15 minutes. Mix Icing ingredients together and pour over the top as soon as the rolls come out of the oven.
These will truly warm your soul. From my wonderful smelling tiny apartment kitchen to yours, enjoy!