Dani’s Famous And Wonderful Cinnamon Rolls

Awhile back I mentioned that Dani makes the best cinnamon rolls in the whole world.  BTW, I’ve never made these myself. Yet.  Dani has always made them for us.  They are labor intensive, but WELL worth the effort.

Dani’s Famous Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 cup warm water
5 teaspoons yeast
2 Tablespoons Sugar
3 1/2 oz. package of instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt

FILLING:  1 cup softened butter, 2 cups brown sugar, 4 teaspoons cinnamon

In a large bowl combine water, yeast and sugar.  Stir until dissolved.  Set aside.  In large bowl, prepare instant pudding mix according to package directions.  Add butter, eggs and salt.  Mix well.  Then add yeast mixture.  Blend.  Gradually add flour.  Knead until smooth.  Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.  Punch dough down and let rise again.  Roll dough out on floured board to 34″ x 21″.  Spread 1 cup of softened butter over surface.  In a bowl, mix 2 cups brown sugar and 4 teaspoons cinnamon.  Sprinkle over butter.  Roll up very tightly.  With a knife, make a notch every 2″.  Cut through at markings with a thread or knife.  Place on lightly greased baking sheet 2″ apart.  Using palm of hand, lightly press down on each roll.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Bake at 350* for 20 – 25 minutes.  They are done when they start to turn golden.  Do NOT overbake.  Frost warm rolls with cream cheese frosting (recipe follows).

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspooon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon milk

Mix all frosting ingredients together with mixer and spread over warm cinnamon rolls.

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13 comments to Dani’s Famous And Wonderful Cinnamon Rolls

  • Trust me- these are THE BEST cinnamon rolls ever!

  • Mmm, I know what I will be asking  Miss Bonnie to bake this weekend!

  • Thank you so much!!!  And my husband thanks you  and my father thanks you and all the men in my family thank you! Lol….

  • Thank you so much!!!  And my husband thanks you  and my father thanks you and all the men in my family thank you! Lol….

  • Dani says that they sometimes need to cook as much as 25 minutes to not be gooey in the middle.  Just watch them, I guess.

  • These sound wonderful
    but for this Kiwi could you please tell me what the Vanilla Pudding mix consists of so I can see if we have an equivalent here??

  • Hi, RabbitsNest – Oh, my……I don’t keep a box of the pudding mix on hand, we buy it special to make the cinnamon rolls, so I can’t check ingredients for you.  I’m sorry! In America it’s a product made by Jell-O, and would make something resembling, but not exactly, like a custard.  I’m so sorry, I’m not much help! 

  • We have a packet mix here which we just refer to as Instant Pudding.
    It is a dry mix of various flavours and we just add 2 cups of milk and beat it for a minute and it sets.
    Is that similar?

  • It might work the same.  We have both instant pudding mixes and regular pudding mixes.  The difference is that the regular (non-instant) mixes need to be cooked.  If you don’t have the type of mix that needs to be cooked, you might be able to try your instant pudding mix.  Just be sure that the ounces (grams?) would be equal.  Hope it turns out for you, because these are just incredibly good!

  • This recipe sounds wonderful!  I am going to make it instead of my typical Christmas morning rolls.  The recipe I usually make has you make the dough up into the rolls and refriderate overnight and then bake in the morning.  Have you ever tried that wilth this recipe?

  • No, we haven’t, though we have heated them, briefly, in the microwave on occasion to have them warm.  Usually, though, we just eat them at room temperature.  They are the best!

  • I’ve been wanting to add my word of thank here – I found this recipe in your article in An Encouraging Word. We all love it!

    Nataly

  • I’ve been wanting to add my word of thank here – I found this recipe in your article in An Encouraging Word. We all love it!

    Nataly