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Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Pastry
Keyword: cinnamon, cinnamon rolls


  • Dough Base:
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 ½ tbsp. white sugar
  • 3 envelope .25 oz each active dry yeast
  • 1⁄4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ,white sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup shortening
  • 1⁄2 cup butter melted

Cinnamon Roll Mixture

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 T. Cinnamon ( more or less as desired)


Make the Dough

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together warm water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the top, lightly stir, and let it stand for about 10 minutes or until foamy.
  • In a separate large baking pan; add flour ,1 cup sugar, shortening; using your fingers; mix together, until the shortening barely noticeable.
  • In a small bowl, blend; milk, eggs, and salt together; and add into the yeast mixture, stir.
  • Gradually; add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture; using a wooden spoon or your hands until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and starts to form a ball. Leave in large pan.
  • Cover with a hot, damp towel and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  • When the dough has risen, pour melted butter over the top and knead for about 2 minutes. Let the dough rest for a few minutes, then roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1 inch thick.

For Hot Rolls

  • Cut dough into 2-inch squares, roll the squares into balls, and place them in greased pans about 1 inch apart. Let rise again until doubled in size. The dough can also be refrigerated and left to rise overnight for baking the next day.
  • Bake rolls for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

For Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

  • Make Dough Recipe as instructed. Mix the Cinnamon Roll mixture in a separate bowl.
  • Cut dough into 2-inch squares, roll the squares (with your hands) into long 6-inch strips, dip each strip into the cinnamon mixture and wrap into a knot.
  • Place the cinnamon knot into a pan and repeat this and place the cinnamon knots next to one another. Pour leftover cinnamon/butter mixture over the knots. Let rise again until your desire size of Cinnamon Rolls, then bake for about 12 minutes at 400F.


NOTE: The cinnamon knots in the pan may be refrigerated before the second rising and baked the next morning. This is convenient and easy for the Holidays!