Monday, June 3, 2013

Maple Cinnamon Rolls

I love the maple flavor in these cinnamon rolls. I remember going to a donut shop with my mom and I would always choose the maple long johns.  The combination of the maple flavored frosting and the cinnamon rolls is wonderful!  It's something that you don't see very often, but once you've tried it you'll definitely want to have it again.

Maple Cinnamon Rolls
{For Dough}

1 pkg. active dry yeast
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 c. milk, scalded
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 egg at room temperature
1 t. vanilla extract 
{For Filling}       
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. dark brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon

{For Maple Topping}
1/4 c. butter, softened                                   
1 T. maple flavoring
2 c. powdered sugar
3 T. whipping cream

{For Dough}
Heat milk in the microwave for 30 seconds. Place the butter in the warm milk for one minute or until the butter starts to melt. In a mixing bowl combine 2 c. flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and eggs. Add the warm milk and butter. Mix until combined. Slowly add the rest of your flour. The dough should be sticky and bounce back when you poke it with a finger.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 5-6 minutes. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Form the dough into a ball and place into the prepared bowl. Cover the ball and let it sit in a warm place until doubled in size, approximately 2 hours.
Spray a 9x13 cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a large rectangle about 1/4 in. thick.

{For Filling}
Spread butter over the dough. In a mixing bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar over butter.
Roll the dough up tightly from the long side of the rectangle. Once rolled up, cut the dough into 1-1 1/2 in. slices. Place the rolls, cut side up, onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the rolls with aluminum foil and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes on a cooling rack.

{For Maple Topping}
Place your softened butter into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Slowly add the 2 c. powdered sugar. Mix in the whipping cream and 1 T. maple flavoring. Mix until smooth.


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