Cinnamon Roll Throwdown – Winner!

We made cinnamon rolls this morning  (I bet you did not see that coming).  And now we are able to declare a winner.  After having the cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, Ryan was ready to declare a winner – Neelys win! Neelys win!!!

Here is the recipe . . . with a few (very few actually) tweaks (follow the link for the original recipe):



  • 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 granny smith apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Spray a large mixing bowl with nonstick spray.
  2. Dissolve yeast in water in a bowl of a standing mixer with dough hook. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large measuring cup beat together eggs, sugar and salt.
  4. Whisk egg mixture into the bowl of yeast. Add 1 cup flour and mix until smooth. (At this point I was still using the whisk attachment on my stand mixer)
  5. Add melted butter and mix well.
  6. Add remaining 4 cups of flour in stages and mix until stiff dough is formed. (Switch to the dough hook after adding about 2-2 cups of flour).
  7. Add dough to greased bowl.
  8. Place bowl in a warm area with a towel on top. (I cheated by preheating the oven to 200 degrees, turning the oven off, and then letting the bowl sit in the warmed oven).
  9. Let rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  10. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan
  11. On a cutting board, sprinkle tablespoons flour.
  12. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.
  13. Punch down and roll out dough to approximately 12 by 15-inch rectangle.
  14. Spread with butter. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture and apple  pieces.
  15. Roll dough into a large pin wheel cylinder and cut ends off the roll. Cut into 10-12 portions. Put in greased pan, pin wheel side down and let rise to double in size.
  16. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until browned evenly.
  17. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. —- I left this in only because that is what the recipe called for, but I find it completely unneessary – feel free to eat yours directly out of the oven like we did 🙂

As for toppings – top however you like or just eat.  I like to mix a little powdered sugar, vanilla, and water together to create a glaze.   Serve with bacon, because well, everything is even better with bacon.

And now, for your drooling pleasure . . .

Murphy also wanted you all to know that he is dressed and ready for the game:

However, because the game hasn’t started yet, he will stare out the window so that he can guard against a squirrel invasion.

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One thought on “Cinnamon Roll Throwdown – Winner!

  1. JenniferVaughn says:

    Thanks for the cinnamon roll recipe! I can’t wait to try them. My dogs are on squirrel patrol as well. With the cooler weather my bird feeders are attracting more than birds these days!

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