These really don’t need any introduction, especially after my long-winded ramble about how they changed my life. These aren’t my grandmother’s cinnamon rolls – they’re my own, and they’re a perfect way to start your morning, especially on this rainy post-holiday Tuesday.
Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Glaze
- 1/3 cup margarine or butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup mashed potato flakes
- 1 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 cups flour
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar + 1 tbsp cinnamon for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tbsp coffee
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Scald instant mashed potatoes with boiling water. Add butter and stir until it’s completely melted into the potatoes.
- Add the sugar and salt. Let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes so that the egg doesn’t curdle. Beat in the egg and stir until mixture is uniform.
- Mix the dry yeast with 1 cup of the flour mixture and mix into the potato mixture. Mix in the rest of the cinnamon and the rest of the flour and knead with a dough hook or by hand. Dough will be very sticky. Let rise until double in bulk.
- Divide dough in half – place one half back in the bowl and cover with a tea towel. Place the other half on a generously floured cutting board and roll into a rectangle.
- Spread butter onto the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Cut rolls with a dough scraper and place into greased pan. Let rise until double in bulk.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until rolls are just beginning to turn golden in color.
- While the rolls are cooling, combine confectioner’s sugar, coffee, and maple syrup. The quantities are approximate – just combine all the ingredients and taste. Keep adding sugar, coffee, or maple syrup until it’s at the desired consistency and sweetness that you like. Drizzle over rolls and enjoy.
I baked the rolls the day before and stored them in air-tight containers to keep them from drying out. The maple coffee glaze I made this morning and dunked each roll in them to really cover them in the glaze. When I got into work this morning, I zapped them in the microwave to heat them up a bit. And that’s how you make a happy Tuesday.
What else can I say about cinnamon rolls that hasn’t already been said? They are delicious and everyone loves them. If that’s not enough of a reason to make them, I don’t know what is.