I make these the night before and bake them in the morning. My family and friends can't stay out of them. They are very moist and decadently rich.
Great recipe - even easier to pull off the second time around. A few lessons I discovered: 1) As others mention, use 8oz of cream cheese in frosting, not 3 oz as listed in recipe. Turns out perfect with 8 oz. Must be a typo. 2) I let mine rise for about 3 hours, they got much larger and fluffier that way - 1 hour wasn't enough. May be a result of the yeast I used? 3) The dental floss trick mentioned in other reviews worked great. 4) I have no idea how one is can roll out a rectangle! I just did a big circle and pulled out the corners by hand. 5) Leave the far side (the one you are rolling the "worm" of dough toward) clear of any butter or sugar mixture. It is easier to seal the seam if you have about 1/2" of clean dough to work with along that seam edge. - 30 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This recipe is the best one I've ever tried for cinnamon rolls, and I'm really picky. I did, however, do a couple things differently: 1) let the stand mixer knead it, which transformed it from sticky to smooth dough in 10 min, eliminating the need for extra flour 2) let the dough rise after kneading for 2 HRS - this makes it pliable, silky, and very easy to roll out into rectangles (plus, much lighter), 3) after rolling and refrigerating overnight, let them rise for 2 more hours in the morning (I know, it's a lot of time, but it's soooo worth it!). The end results were rolls that were tender, fluffy, and soft even after they cooled off. The frosting was amazing too. Thanks for this recipe! It will definitely be a regular in my reportoire! p.s. - for those who don't have a stand mixer, try letting the mixture rest for 10 minutes before kneading it (a French method known as autolyse). Flour needs time to absorb water, which will help with the sticky dough problem. - 04 May 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This recipe is easily halved As for refrigerating the night before baking, I let the dough rise for an hour before I shape it into rolls. Then after shaped into rolls, I put in pan in fridge covered with plastic wrap. Then I turn the oven on in the morning and let them rise at room temperature/on top of oven for about 30 min-to an hour, until about doubled. Works wonderfully. And the frosting is sooooooo good! - 12 Nov 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)