These are my tried and true cinnamon rolls. I have made these for my family through all their growing up years and they never failed to please. They are less time consuming than most recipes because you put the dough together one day and pop them into the fridge. The first rise happens overnight while you rest! Take them out the next day and they are ready to roll out and shape into regular rolls or cinnamon rolls. Let them rise on the cookie sheet, cook, and ice and you have the most melt in your mouth rolls you have ever tasted! Your family will love you! What are we waiting for? Let's cook!
Light Refrigerator Rolls
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons yeast (instant)
1/2 cup room temperature water
7 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cold water
In a large bowl, cream shortening, sugar and salt. Add boiling water and stir until mixture is smooth and most of shortening is melted. Let this cool until it is just warm. Add yeast and 1/2 cup warm water. Beat eggs and add to mixture. Add flour alternately with cold water and stir with a large spoon until mixture is well combined and smooth. It will be quite sticky but will come together when stirred. If you have a well fitting lid, place this on the bowl. If you don't have a lid spray the top of the dough lightly with non stick spray and cover the bowl with plastic. Place bowl in the fridge overnight to rise.
The next day, take dough out and place on a floured surface. Sprinkle with flour and sprinkle rolling pin with flour also. Roll dough into a rectangle that is about 3/8ths inch thick.
This is where I don't have a lot of measurements. I take a 1/2 cup of butter and melt it in a cup in the microwave. Pour it over the dough covering as much area as possible. Use a pastry brush to spread the butter over the surface until a thin layer covers it. Mix about 1 cup of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon well and then sprinkle this over the dough until it is covered with as much as you like. Sprinkle raisins over the surface if you are adding them.
Starting with the longest side, begin rolling the dough and continue until it is rolled into a tube.
Lay the cinnamon roll dough on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Let rolls rise until double in size. Cook at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until light brown. Take out to cool.
As rolls are cooling make some icing. I use any unused melted butter plus another 1/2 cup of melted butter in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and enough powdered sugar to make icing that is not too thick and easy to spread. While the rolls are still warm but not hot, spread the icing on. Do not cover rolls until they are completely cooled. Enjoy!
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