Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
Why I Love This Recipe
This is a fun and easy cinnamon roll recipe with only a handful of ingredients! You & your kids can have fun together throwing in flour and kneading the dough. Plan on having a free evening to do everything start to finish,
for a great night of family fun! You can watch a favorite tv show, play a game, or go for a walk while the dough rises. This recipe originated from a 1970's era GE employee's cookbook.
Ingredients You'll Need
1 box white or yellow cake mix
2 packages yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups warm water
5 cups flour
Extra flour on hand for kneading, approx. 2 cups
Melted butter or margarine, approx. 1 cup
cinnamon, approx. 2 tablespoons
light brown sugar, approx. 1-2 cups
1 can Vanilla cake frosting
In large bowl, combine cake mix, yeast and salt.
Add warm water and stir.
Add 5 cups flour; mix well.
Cover bowl with a cloth or towel and allow dough to rise, approx. 1 hour.
THIS IS THE FUN PART!
Sprinkle dough with flour, approx. 1/4 cup, to make it easy to handle.
Use a fist to punch down dough
Divide into halves or thirds for easy handling.
On a floured cloth, knead each portion of dough 3-4 minutes until smooth. (should handle easily without sticking)
Use a pastry roller to roll each ball of dough to approx. 12 x 16 x 1/2" thick. Top with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Roll up jelly-roll fashion. (start at one short end and roll toward the other).
Cut into 1" segments.
Place in pans that have been coated with nonstick cooking spray (Pam), with about 1" between each piece.
(a 9x13 pan will hold 12 rolls; a 9x9 pan will hold 9 rolls.)
Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free area til double in bulk (approx. 1/2 hour).
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place pans in oven, leaving a few inches of space between pans to allow air circulation.
Bake for approx. 20 minutes.
Remove pans from oven and let set for a minute or two.
Invert onto foil that has been sprayed with nonstick oil.
Let cool a few minutes, then invert onto sprayed foil so rolls are upright. Drizzle with white cake frosting that has been warmed for approx. 20-30 seconds in the microwave.
Makes approx. 4 dozen rolls!