Cinnamon Buns

It’s freezing outside, and its going to get worse. The forecast calls for more snow to fall. By more, I mean more than the 14 inches that we recently received from mother nature. The wind has been whipping up all day, blustery and raw, the kind of wind, when you are out in it, makes your hands so numb they hurt. The sky looks gray today, the poor sun has been hidden behind a thin layer of clouds for several days now. It makes me want to pull the covers up over my head and never get out of bed.
I have to though, we all have things we need to do. Especially in the kitchen. It’s a perfect day for comfort food. A perfect day for cinnamon rolls. You know the kind of food that when baking in the oven makes the house smell so wonderful. It makes your family, one by one come into the kitchen to proclaim “What smells so good, is it, cinnamon rolls?” It is usually followed by “When will they be done?”

Midnight Mass Cinnamon Rolls


1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup margarine
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 cups flour

1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine, softened

8 tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 block cup cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
Add sugar, margarine salt, eggs, and flour, mix well.
Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.
Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide.
It should be approx 1/4 thick.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Spread the softened margarine over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the surface.
Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan. Allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or so. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

While the rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients.
Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.

Peace be with you,