“On December 24 every year, my mother, sister, her daughter, and I spend the day making cinnamon rolls, a tradition begun by my grandmother. Then, on Christmas morning, each family enjoys homemade cinnamon rolls while the presents are opened.”
— CarolAnn Thompson, Painesville, Ohio
Prep time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
You Will Need
1 loaf frozen bread dough (thawed)
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup white sugar, plus 1/4 cup for later
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
What to Do
1. Take dough out of freezer the night before to thaw in refrigerator. Remove 1 hour before use. Place dough on clean surface and press and/or roll until it is the size of a large dinner plate. The dough is very elastic — just keep rolling.
2. When the dough is the right size, spread with butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Roll it up like a jelly roll and pinch the edges so the cinnamon and sugar stay put.
3. Cut into 12 rolls, using sharp, not serrated, knife. Place rolls into a buttered jelly roll pan. Brush sugar and cinnamon mixture, left over from cutting, on top. Add 1/4 cup sugar (makes caramel in the bottom of pan).
4. Cover rolls with a fresh dishtowel and put them in a warm place (e.g., top of oven) until they rise (their sides will touch), about 1 hour.
5. Bake in 350°F oven until caramel is golden, 15-20 minutes. Dump rolls out of the pan immediately and leave them to cool. Top with butter and serve.