When we were brainstorming for Christmas themed ideas, cinnamon rolls was the first classic holiday season recipe to come to mind. Something about the smell of cinnamon rolls hits the right notes of childhood memories around the Christmas season. Presents, family chatter, and Christmas carols, while the smell of delicious baked goods drifts from the kitchen... sounds familiar? Here in Finland, cinnamon rolls or Finnish "korvapuusti" is a popular dessert throughout the year, and especially popular during the Little Christmas parties also known as "pikkujoulu".
These tasty cinnamon rolls will take your homemade holiday baking game to the next level. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, which is especially important during the holiday season when cooking and baking can get overwhelming. But no worries, we got your back!
Whole milk (2 cups)
Sugar (1/2 cup)
Butter (100 g)
Yeast (1 packet)
Flour (5-6 cups)
Baking powder (1 tsp)
Salt (1 tsp)
Brown sugar (1/2 cup)
Soft butter (1/2 cup)
Cinnamon (4 tsp)
Cream cheese (100 g)
Melted butter (2 tsp)
Milk (4 tsp)
Vanilla extract (1 tsp)
Powdered sugar (1/2 cup)
1. In a mixing bowl add milk (room temperature warm), ½ cup of granulated sugar, and 100g of melted butter. Stir to combine. Add one packet of yeast and stir to combine the yeast properly. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes in a warm spot in the kitchen, such as inside the oven.
2. After 10 minutes, there should be signs of the yeast blooming. At this point add 4 cups of flour and stir the liquid flour mixture. Mix well. Cover with dry kitchen towel and let it raise for 1 hour.
3. In the meantime, prepare the filling by mixing 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of soft butter, and 4 tsp of cinnamon. Make sure to take out the butter from the fridge well in advance, so it is soft and easier to combine.
4. After the dough has rested and risen for an hour, add 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt. Stir to combine the ingredients.
5. Flour your working surface and knead your dough. Sprinkle extra flour as needed. Continue to knead for 10- 15 minutes.
6. On a floured surface, start to stretch out the dough first with hands and then with a rolling pen. Roll and shape the dough into a rectangle shape. Add the filling onto the dough and spread it out evenly.
7. Start rolling the dough from one end to the other. Use hands to support the dough while rolling, and try to keep it equal in thickness.
8. Slice the rolls into equal sized rolls. Use a knife or dental floss depending on what feels comfortable to you. We used dental floss.
9. Place the rolls on a baking tray and allow them raise for another 30 minutes.
10. Bake at 175 C for 20 minutes, reduce the temperature to 150 C and cook for a few more minutes (5-10). Take the rolls out when they turn golden brown.
11. To prepare icing for the cinnamon rolls, combine the cream cheese, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract. Then mix to combine. Add the powdered sugar gradually and stir to combine.
12. Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool down for 15 minutes. Serve as it is or pour some icing on top for some extra holiday season deliciousness. Enjoy!