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Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

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Just about the best cinnamon rolls that will ever come out of your oven. So moist, so packed with goodness. Well worth the yeasting and kneading.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 1-¼ ounce, weight Active Dry Yeast
  • ½ teaspoons Sugar
  • ¼ cups Warm Water
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • ½ cups Milk, At Room Temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 whole Egg Yolk
  • 2-¾ cups All-purpose Flour, Plus More For Kneading
  • ¾ teaspoons Salt
  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature, Plus More For The Pan
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ¼ cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cups Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cups Chopped Walnuts
  • ¼ cups Raisins
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons Ground Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, At Room Temperature
  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • _____
  • FOR THE ICING:
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ cups Buttermilk

Preparation

Making the dough:

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 cup water heated to 115 degrees F. Stir to combine and let sit until frothy and foamy, about 10 minutes.

Add remaining sugar, milk, light brown sugar, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk. Beat with a wire whisk until well combined. Fit the bowl onto the mixer, fitting with the dough hook attachment. Add the flour and salt and mix on medium speed until the dough just begins to come together. Turn the machine on medium-high and knead the dough for 4 minutes.

Add the butter and continue to knead for about 6 minutes. The dough will be wet and sticky. Place the dough on a well floured work surface, and knead about 1/3 cup all-purpose flour into the dough. Don’t worry, the dough still might be a little sticky. It’s ok. Just set the dough to rest in a large greased bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

While the dough rises, make the filling. Combine the sugar, dark brown sugar, pecans, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, salt and cloves in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Stir in the maple syrup. Set aside.

When the dough has doubled in size, dump if from the bowl onto a heavily floured work surface. Gently knead the dough until it is no longer sticky, adding more flour as needed. I think I added about 3 Tablespoons of flour. Work the dough for about 1 or 2 minutes. Once it’s no longer sticky, place a kitchen towel over the dough and let rest for 5 minutes before you roll it out.

Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 10 x 10-inch square.

In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese with a knife until it’s smooth and spreadable.

Spread the cream cheese evenly over the dough square. Fold the square into thirds like you would fold a letter to fit into an envelope. Take the open ends of the rectangle and fold into thirds again, to make a smaller dough square.

Invert the dough so that the seam is face down and, using the rolling pin, gently roll it into a 10 x 20-inch rectangle. You make find that some cream cheese sneaks through. Be as gently as possible with the dough, but continue to work it until you reach the size you need.

Turn the dough so that the short sides are parallel to you. You’re going to roll from the short sides of the dough.

Brush the top of the dough with half of the melted butter. We’ll use the rest of the butter after the rolls are baked.

Pour all of the filling onto the dough. Spread evenly, leaving a 1-inch border at one of the short edges of the dough so the roll can be properly sealed. Lightly press the filling into the dough.

Using your hands, lift up the bottom edge of the dough and roll it forward into a tight cylinder. Place dough cylinder seam side down on a cutting board. Using a sharp, thin knife, trim off the uneven edges.

Cut cylinder into 8 equal slices. Nestle the slices, cut side up and evenly spaced in a butter 9 x 13-inch (light colored) metal baking dish. Cover pan with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to let rise for 2 hours. You may also refrigerate rolls overnight.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover the rolls. If you refrigerated the rolls, let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Make the icing while the rolls are baking. Whisk together the sugar and buttermilk in a small bowl until smooth.

Transfer the pan of cinnamon rolls to a cooling rack. Brush with remaining butter. Let cool for 5 minutes. Dip the tines of a fork into the icing and drizzle over the rolls. Serve immediately.

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Wende Rickett on 7.22.2009

I found these rolls to be good, however for the time and effort that it took to make them, they weren’t as good as I thought they would be. However, that being said, I love Joy the baker and her blog. I will try this recipe one more time as I do with all new recipes.

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ariana on 7.19.2009

YAY! I love Joy the Baker – she is super cute and her site and recipes rock!

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