Anyone who's been close friends of ours in the last 5 years (or family) has heard about or partaken of my husband's amazing cinnamon rolls. (And, if you thought you were close friends, but you haven't yet tried these... uuhhh... call me?)
They're not made from a secret recipe and he didn't come up with the recipe on his own. It's just an allrecipes.com super gem. I've met some friends over the years who also use the same recipe. But it's something about the way my man makes these treats that turns them into manna from heaven.
My husband used to bring them into work when the branch offices had no document errors since the last time he was there. He makes them when friends or family stay overnight with us. He recently made them into a birthday cake. Seriously, we will find any excuse to eat these!
However... as amazing as those cinnamon rolls are - these are better. I never thought it was possible to improve upon an already perfect recipe, but he did it. When he made these for Easter Sunday, we made sure the extras were delivered to neighbors (because I would probably end up bent over the toilet for the rest of the day from cramming 18 too many into my tummy) and they all loved them. True story.
This is basically just a modified version of the Clone of a Cinnabon recipe, only even more delicious.
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine
1 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons orange zest (finely grated orange peel)
1/3 cup butter
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 Tablespoons orange juice
2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Place dough ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
2. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup white sugar and 2 T orange zest..
3. Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/zest mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Bake rolls in preheated oven until lightly golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon orange zest, orange juice, powdered sugar, and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.