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Claire B’s Cinnamon Rolls, modified from Paula Deen

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Serves 12-15 buns | Prep Time 20 min | Cook Time 30 min

Why I Love This Recipe

My grandma found this recipe a long time ago, and now she makes them every Christmas Eve, and we eat them on Christmas morning. They are so delicious, sweet, nutty, and covered in gooey sticky glaze! CHEMISTRY INFORMATION: The melted butter, and cutting the dough are both physical changes. The yeast making the buns rise and how the tops turn brown while baking both hint that chemical changes are taking place.

Submitted by: "Claire B"

Ingredients You'll Need

1/4 -ounce package yeast (homogeneous mixture)
1/2 cup warm water (pure substance) H2O
1/2 cup scalded milk (homogeneous mixture)
1/4 cup sugar (pure substance) C12H22O11
1/3 cup butter or shortening (homogeneous mixture)
1 teaspoon salt (pure substance) NaCl
1 cracked egg (heterogeneous mixture)
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour (homogeneous mixture)
1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan (homogeneous mixture)
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan (pure substance) C12H22O11
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (homogeneous mixture)
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional (heterogeneous mixture)
4 tablespoons butter (homogeneous mixture)
2 cups powdered sugar (homogeneous mixture)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (homogeneous mixture)
3 to 6 tablespoons hot water (pure substance) H2O


Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

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