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 Roll

Good morning, indeed

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
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Scald instant mashed potatoes with boiling water. Add butter and stir until it’s completely melted into the potatoes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Spread butter onto the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  7. Cut rolls with a dough scraper and place into greased pan. Let rise until double in bulk.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until rolls are just beginning to turn golden in color.
  9. 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.

Cinnamon Roll Dough

From sticky, to smooth, to a roll

Cinnamon Roll Dough

So much deliciousness wrapped up in that roll

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamony goodness

Cinnamon Rolls

I mean, really, what could be more beautiful

Cinnamon Rolls

Your taste buds will thank you

Cinnamon Rolls