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My Father's Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

User Rating 5 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


Cinnamon rolls on a chopping board.
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Thanks to Matthew and Stephanie for sending in their father's recipe for cinnamon rolls.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm (not hot) water
  • 1 can evaporated milk at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 6 - 8 cups flour
  • butter
  • raisins
  • cinnamon-sugar mix
  • brown sugar
  • ---
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1- 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened


Mix the first three ingredients. Add the next five ingredients to make dough. Let it stand for 10 - 15 minutes. Turn the dough onto floured surface and knead vigorously by hand or use a dough hook, until smooth and elastic. Slap the dough on a counter or table surface several times to remove air bubbles. Place in a large greased bowl, grease the top, and place in a warm (not hot!) oven for an hour. On floured surface, roll out dough in the shape of a rectangle. Spread liberally with butter (it does not have to be melted). Sprinkle with raisins and lots of cinnamon-sugar mix and a little brown sugar. Roll up and slice into 11/2" inch slices. Heat oven to 400 degrees F and then down to 350 degrees F and bake for 15 - 20 minutes. When rolls are done, frost immediately with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

With an electric mixer, combine all of the powdered sugar and melted butter and enough milk to make a stiff frosting. Add softened cream cheese and mix on high for 1 minute. Then add more milk for preferred consistency.
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 5 out of 5
STUNNING, Member donkeyparty

I have a mixed history with yeast doughs, part of which I blame on the climate in Seattle, but now in LA I have less excuses, just a couple of weeks ago I made a different recipe for hockey-pucks, very dissapointing, but as soon as I got my hands into this dough-blob I knew it was going to be a good day. This recipe is spectacular - ThanKYOU !! very rarely do I find a good basic recipe that I know will be my gold standard for life. I am so happy that you shared it. Really I took pictures!!!! ha

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