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A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Growing up, I had a great aunt who owned the local Main Street Cafe.  Being from a small town, it’s natural that everyone knew Auntie Bernice.  However, the really cool part is that she was known for miles around!  Her cooking couldn’t be beat.  And she’d always have a warm smile and kind word to share.  Her heart was made of gold and she’d give you the shirt off her back if you needed it.

Bernice was the cook, waitress, and everything in between.  Although, her family would help out when needed too.  She was always larger than life in my eyes and I couldn’t wait to grow up and work at her restaurant.  As a matter of fact, I can still remember heading into the kitchen after eating and loading the big dishwasher and help out wherever I could.

Sadly, though, she passed away when I was just 13 years old.  It was a loss felt by many and the church was packed over the two days that everyone said their good-byes.  If I remember right, over 1,000 people came through to pay their respects.

She Left Behind A Legacy

Yes, Auntie Bernice was known for her epic Sunday Chicken, Dressing, Potatoes, and All The Fixings Buffets.  But I think the biggest legacy she left behind is her “Sweet Rolls”.  People would drive from all over to stop in for one of these delicious, gooey Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls.  They were always the talk of the town.

So now that I have my own family. I am thankful to be able to carry on the tradition and share this special recipe with them.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Thankfully, I have watched relatives make these rolls enough times that I remember the recipe from heart.  I love that they are actually quite simple but taste amazing!  They are, by far, the best rolls I’ve ever had.  And any time I’ve made them for others, the rave reviews tell me the same.

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A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Recipe Type: Breakfast/Dessert
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Serves: 12
A delicious gooey cinnamon roll that has been passed down from Auntie Bernice. She was famous in central MN and people would drive from all over just to have one of these rolls.
Ingredients
  • 1 Loaf Frozen Bread Dough (Thawed)
  • 3-5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • ~~~~~~TOPPING:
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Take your thawed loaf of bread dough and pat it out into a wide rectangle. Try to leave the length at about 12″.
  3. Melt 2 to 3 tablespoons butter and spread over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle your cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top.
  5. Roll the dough into a tube and pinch together the seam.
  6. Cut into 12 equal slices.
  7. Place in a greased 9×12 pan.
  8. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 3-4 hours.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees when the rolls are getting high.
  10. Make Topping:
  11. In a medium bowl, mix together the heavy whipping cream and 1 cup white sugar.
  12. Gently pour evenly over the raised rolls.
  13. Place pan immediately into preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till rolls are golden brown.
  14. Remove from oven.
  15. Melt 1-2 tablespoon butter and gently brush over the top of hot cinnamon rolls.
  16. Let set for about 20 minutes.
  17. In one quick motion, flip the cinnamon rolls out onto a grooved cutting board.
  18. Serve hot for best flavor. Keep leftovers in a sealed container. You can warm or eat cold.

 

Simple To Make, Delicious To Eat!

You won’t be sorry, make these Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls today!  Start by pressing the dough out into a rectangle.  Melt butter and make cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Brush the dough with butter.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the butter.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Gently roll into a tube shape.

Carefully pinch the seam together.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

You should end up with a beautiful round shape with a cinnamon sugar swirl on each end.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Then cut the tube into twelve equal portions.  ***TIP: Using a piece of thread works awesome!  Simply put under dough, cross over, and pull.  It keeps the rolls in a nice circle shape where a knife would flatten.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Place cut circles evenly into a greased 9×13 pan and let rise for 3 to 4 hours.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Mix on the cream topping and gently pour over the top.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes so they turn a golden brown.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Melt additional butter and brush gently over the top of baked Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls.

VERY IMPORTANT:  So this is one step that you can’t skip!  Let the rolls set for about 20 minutes at this point.  This keeps the gooey topping from all running off when you flip out of pan.  Then, gently place a grooved cutting board over the top of pan and flip so the rolls are right-side-up.

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Serve warm and enjoy!  They are AMAZING! 🙂

A Legacy Left Behind: Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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monique s

Saturday 6th of February 2021

This is great. We love cinnamon rolls but I always thought they would be too hard to make. These look doable

Donna

Friday 29th of May 2020

These look absolutely fantastic! It's been a long time since I made cinnamon rolls. I'll definitely have to try these soon! Thanks!

Brenda dueck

Monday 18th of November 2019

Loved the story❤️ But when I read the recipe I was disappointed as no gramma I knew made cinnamons especially called old fashioned with store bought frozen dough😳😳😳

Miranda

Monday 18th of November 2019

Hi Brenda,

Yes, but in today's world, most people don't have (or want to take) the time to make the dough from scratch. This is a delicious recipe that is so easy, anyone can make! And the woman who left the legacy makes them even better. Let us know if you give them a try!

Tamra Phelps

Sunday 14th of October 2018

Who doesn't love good cinnamon rolls? It's a little intimidating to try and make them, but starting with frozen bread dough might make this a little easier. I like this recipe.

Linda Manns Linneman

Thursday 11th of October 2018

These are so good. My family loved these. I liked enjoying these with my cup of coffee. Thank you so much for sharing this

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