Mom's Famous Cinnamon Rolls

This is my mom's famous cinnamon roll recipe that has all the fall, holiday season nostalgia attached to its amazing flavor. Bake it for a large family party or to give away as gifts, and they're guaranteed to be a hit. Try both types of frosting to switch it up a little, too. You're gonna love them!

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Servings: 50

Prep Time: 03:00

Cook Time: 00:20


3/4 cup water, warm to the touch

1 1/2 tbsp. yeast

2 cups milk scalded, then cooled

1 cup sugar

1 cup instant or mashed potatoes

1 tsp. salt

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups plus tbsp. shortening

6 - 10 cups flour


1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar

5 tsp. cinnamon


2/3 cup butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

4 tbsp. evaporated milk

3 tsp. vanilla*


1Start by dissolving yeast with warm water in a large mixing bowl.

2Once yeast is dissolved, stir in cooled milk, sugar, potatoes, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 1/2 cups flour. Continue to add more flour until dough is easy to handle.

3Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, or use a kitchen stand mixer, and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 min.

4Place in a large bowl, cover and let the dough rise in warm place until it is double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

5Once double in size, punch down down and divide in half. Roll each half into a large rectangle and spread with butter. Mix filling and sprinkle half over each rectangle.

6Roll up beginning at the wide side of the rectangle and pinch edge to seal. Cut into rolls using dental floss or string and place slightly apart on a greased cookie sheet. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

7Let rise again until double in size, then bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 min. While rolls are baking, mix up frosting. Frost rolls after they have cooled for about 10 min. Take a bite promptly after frosting and ENJOY!**

Additional Notes

*split the frosting in half before adding flavoring and do 1 1/2 tsp vanilla in one half and 1 1/2 maple in the other half. **These rolls also freeze and reheat very well. I stick them on heavy duty paper plates in a gallon size ziploc bag. Take them out when you want a treat and pop one in the microwave for 10-20 seconds until you see the frosting start to melt.

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