Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls (with Dulce de Leche)

by Tokyo Terrace on November 3, 2009

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This morning is so cold! I can feel a draft in our apartment and my feet are not happy about it. The rest of me, however, is loving the sudden drastic change in the weather. My Minnesota-girl roots are thriving on what is reminiscent of a November morning at home.

I was talking to my mom on iChat earlier about how much I miss my old bedroom. The windows looked out over the 2 acres or so of grass in my parents backyard all the way to this massive cottonwood tree at the back corner of the property. I used to lay in bed and listen to the cold Minnesota wind gusting by my window, watching snow pile up or autumn leaves swirl gracefully through the air. I am grateful that I have those memories while living in a city like Tokyo. Sometimes, thinking about that view from my bedroom is all I can do to keep from feeling suffocated by the tall buildings and seemingly endless concrete. I’m just not a city girl. At least there is amazing food and accessible city getaways.

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Another memory that creeps in occasionally is the smell that would slowly work its way under my bedroom door, across the floor, up over the food of my bed and slowly into my nostrils from my mother’s breakfasts.

Growing up in Tennessee, my mom developed a seriously amazing list of breakfast recipes that could make anyone feel like they were sitting in a country house surrounded by wide open spaces. Whether it was gravy and biscuits, pancakes, eggs and bacon (well, who am I kidding, we had bacon with most breakfasts like these) everything she made was so lovingly prepared and given to my sister, my dad and myself. I fully attribute my love to cooking, as many people do, to my mom. More importantly, it is because of my mom that I have a need and desire to share my cooking with others. It is how I express love. I think somewhere in my mind I feel like I can communicate to people best though their stomachs. Think there is any truth to that? I certainly do.

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A more recent addition to my mom’s amazing morning meals is this cinnamon roll recipe. Unlike many cinnamon rolls, these are not overly heavy. Mom made them with her biscuit dough recipe and they are perfect for a winter morning alongside a steaming hot cup of coffee. I can smell the aromas and see images of my family sitting together on a Saturday or Sunday morning, sleep still in our eyes, taking in my mother’s love through her cinnamon rolls. Bliss.

I added a little twist to these cinnamon rolls because I didn’t have any powdered sugar on hand to make the frosting. I used some left over dulce de leche which proved to make a rich, decadent topping for these incredibly easy-to-make cinnamon rolls.

Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls

2 cups self-rising flour, plus extra for dusting

pinch of salt

2 T butter, plus 3 teaspoons

2 T shortening

1 cup milk or buttermilk

1/8 cup cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

Combine flour, butter and shortening in a large bowl. Use your fingers to work the shortening and butter into the flour until it is in tiny pieces no bigger than a pea. Add the milk (or buttermilk) and stir until combined. The dough should be sticky.

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl.

When you have the dough finished, roll it out about 1/2″ thick in a long rectangle and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture liberally on the dough. Roll the dough up into a log cut into about 5 or 6 sections and place in a baking pan (Note from Mom: “I like to add about 1/2 teaspoon butter on top of each roll”- use the additional 3 teaspoons for this part.)

Bake at 450° about 15 minutes.

Make glaze with powdered sugar and a little milk or apple cider and drizzle over each roll and serve. (Or, if you have any Dulce de Leche hanging around that is a fabulous topping as well!)

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  • http://www.thatssoyummy.com/ ThatsSoYummy

    Can I just say that I have a soft place in my heart when it comes to fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls. These look divine and I just want one now!!!!!

    Thank you for making me hungry :-)

  • http://www.thatssoyummy.com ThatsSoYummy

    Can I just say that I have a soft place in my heart when it comes to fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls. These look divine and I just want one now!!!!!

    Thank you for making me hungry :-)

  • http://thewhitesintokyo.wordpress.com/ Bradley

    Now wait a second! I left for school this morning and do not remember seeing mouth-watering cinnamon rolls straight from our oven. Please tell me you saved one for me!

    Beautiful photos too.

  • http://thewhitesintokyo.wordpress.com Bradley

    Now wait a second! I left for school this morning and do not remember seeing mouth-watering cinnamon rolls straight from our oven. Please tell me you saved one for me!

    Beautiful photos too.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    I have three things to say about this: OM, NOM, NOM. Cinnamon rolls serve multiple purposes: as they bake they fill the home with a wonderful scent reminiscent of sweetly beloved memories, along with being a marvelous treat to enjoy with coffee or a glass of milk. So, really, when you bake cinnamon rolls, you’re doing an act of community service.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    I have three things to say about this: OM, NOM, NOM. Cinnamon rolls serve multiple purposes: as they bake they fill the home with a wonderful scent reminiscent of sweetly beloved memories, along with being a marvelous treat to enjoy with coffee or a glass of milk. So, really, when you bake cinnamon rolls, you’re doing an act of community service.

  • http://everyhouronthehour.tumblr.com/ jen

    these look delicious, and way less intimidating to make than yeasted cinnamon rolls. having grown up in the south (i.e. the land of the biscuit), i also appreciate that the dough is a sweetened version of a buttery biscuit base. one question about the recipe: does the “plus three teaspoons” of butter end up being mom’s additional 1/2 teaspoon pats on top? want to make sure i get the butter content in the dough base right. thanks! (and thanks for sharing your adventures – kitchen-based and otherwise – in tokyo! for a foodie who dreams of spending more time in japan, your blog is always inspiring.)

  • http://everyhouronthehour.tumblr.com jen

    these look delicious, and way less intimidating to make than yeasted cinnamon rolls. having grown up in the south (i.e. the land of the biscuit), i also appreciate that the dough is a sweetened version of a buttery biscuit base. one question about the recipe: does the “plus three teaspoons” of butter end up being mom’s additional 1/2 teaspoon pats on top? want to make sure i get the butter content in the dough base right. thanks! (and thanks for sharing your adventures – kitchen-based and otherwise – in tokyo! for a foodie who dreams of spending more time in japan, your blog is always inspiring.)

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    That was beautiful, sweet, mouth-watering; the photography is gorgeous and I think you’re wonderful and wish I could give you a hug right now. But first I gotta go find a kleenex, that one did me in…

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    That was beautiful, sweet, mouth-watering; the photography is gorgeous and I think you’re wonderful and wish I could give you a hug right now. But first I gotta go find a kleenex, that one did me in…

  • Disha

    These look delicious!!! I’ve been looking for a perfect cinnamon roll recipe and this one is it! I’ll be making these soon! Thanks for sharing ur mom’s recipe! :D

  • Disha

    These look delicious!!! I’ve been looking for a perfect cinnamon roll recipe and this one is it! I’ll be making these soon! Thanks for sharing ur mom’s recipe! :D

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    Wow look at that. Some homemade cinnamon rolls. I think that would fit into almost cool weather in the Philippines. Just look at that glaze on top. It’s good memories of your mother and yourself cooking and baking the kitchen. Did you save some for Brad?

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    Wow look at that. Some homemade cinnamon rolls. I think that would fit into almost cool weather in the Philippines. Just look at that glaze on top. It’s good memories of your mother and yourself cooking and baking the kitchen. Did you save some for Brad?

  • http://www.freshnewengland.blogspot.com/ El

    Sounds like you had a beautiful home growing up. As I sit here drinking my morning tea I wish I could just reach into the computer screen and grab on of your delicious cinnamon rolls. They look great!

  • http://www.freshnewengland.blogspot.com El

    Sounds like you had a beautiful home growing up. As I sit here drinking my morning tea I wish I could just reach into the computer screen and grab on of your delicious cinnamon rolls. They look great!

  • http://messycook.blogspot.com/ Isabelle

    Beautiful photos. I’m fighting the urge to lick my monitor right now. :)
    Nice touch with the dulce de leche icing, too. We’re not big icing fans in my house, but dulce de leche is a different story altogether. Yum!

  • http://messycook.blogspot.com Isabelle

    Beautiful photos. I’m fighting the urge to lick my monitor right now. :)
    Nice touch with the dulce de leche icing, too. We’re not big icing fans in my house, but dulce de leche is a different story altogether. Yum!

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com/ Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Thee look great! Send some over, will you?

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Thee look great! Send some over, will you?

  • Jan

    Mom’s speechless! However, we must give Miss Della (Grandma) credit. It was her recipe. You turned it into a work of art. Good job my darling girl.

  • Jan

    Mom’s speechless! However, we must give Miss Della (Grandma) credit. It was her recipe. You turned it into a work of art. Good job my darling girl.

  • http://mangiodasola.blogspot.com/ Memoria

    I made and posted about cinnamon rolls, too!! I love the fact that you put dulce de leche on top. YUMMMMMM! Lovely photos!

  • http://mangiodasola.blogspot.com Memoria

    I made and posted about cinnamon rolls, too!! I love the fact that you put dulce de leche on top. YUMMMMMM! Lovely photos!

  • http://foodnetworkmusings.blogspot.com/ Sue

    These look fantastic. I love that they’re lighter and I really like the idea of apple cider in the glaze. Very smart! The self-riising flour is definitely a Southern touch.

  • http://foodnetworkmusings.blogspot.com/ Sue

    These look fantastic. I love that they’re lighter and I really like the idea of apple cider in the glaze. Very smart! The self-riising flour is definitely a Southern touch.

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com Jenn

    This looks so good. You photos are great! Tim also shows love by cooking. We call it his “love language.” For example, our good friends just had a beautiful baby girl last week and the first thing Tim wanted to do was to bring them a home cooked meal.

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com/ Jenn

    This looks so good. You photos are great! Tim also shows love by cooking. We call it his “love language.” For example, our good friends just had a beautiful baby girl last week and the first thing Tim wanted to do was to bring them a home cooked meal.

  • http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/ Karly

    Ooh, these look and sound amazing! Yum!

  • http://www.bunsinmyoven.com Karly

    Ooh, these look and sound amazing! Yum!

  • parinda

    i tried these and they turned out to be extremely easy to make and brilliant in taste…..thumbs up!!!!!

  • parinda

    i tried these and they turned out to be extremely easy to make and brilliant in taste…..thumbs up!!!!!

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  • http://breadandjam.typepad.com/ Bread and Jam

    Oh goodness! Dulce de Leche on top?! I would eat the whole pan. There’s something about a recipe that’s from your mom. There’s a lot of things I will make just because it’s my mom’s recipe and the taste and flavors transport me back to fun family times.

  • http://breadandjam.typepad.com Bread and Jam

    Oh goodness! Dulce de Leche on top?! I would eat the whole pan. There’s something about a recipe that’s from your mom. There’s a lot of things I will make just because it’s my mom’s recipe and the taste and flavors transport me back to fun family times.

  • http://www.sgv17.wordpress.com/ Andres Segovia

    You definitely are communicating to my stomach!! I also love to cook and to bake and share meals with friends!

  • http://www.sgv17.wordpress.com Andres Segovia

    You definitely are communicating to my stomach!! I also love to cook and to bake and share meals with friends!

  • http://www.gloriadelia.wordpress.com/ Gloris

    buttermilk in cinnamon rolls – sounds yummy. I’ll have to try these. I have a friend who grew up in Peru and would make Dulce de Leche by heating up a can of sweetened condensed milk, simmering the sealed can in a pan of water, if I remember correctly. It was tasty. Thanks for the recipe! Gloris
    http://www.gloriadelia.wordpress.com

  • http://www.gloriadelia.wordpress.com Gloris

    buttermilk in cinnamon rolls – sounds yummy. I’ll have to try these. I have a friend who grew up in Peru and would make Dulce de Leche by heating up a can of sweetened condensed milk, simmering the sealed can in a pan of water, if I remember correctly. It was tasty. Thanks for the recipe! Gloris
    http://www.gloriadelia.wordpress.com

  • http://www.lapetitechef.net/ la petite chef

    LOVE the sound of this! Great site! Love the pics! :)

  • http://www.lapetitechef.net la petite chef

    LOVE the sound of this! Great site! Love the pics! :)

  • http://www.deishawcross.com/ Debi(TableTalk)

    The traditional yeast dough cinnamon roll requires time for rising before prep, which means if you wake up thinking about themm, they will be ready for lunch.
    —This version comes together quickly, ready to pop in the oven. The dulce de leche icing puts this over the top!

  • http://www.deishawcross.com Debi(TableTalk)

    The traditional yeast dough cinnamon roll requires time for rising before prep, which means if you wake up thinking about themm, they will be ready for lunch.
    —This version comes together quickly, ready to pop in the oven. The dulce de leche icing puts this over the top!

  • Fontainepatty

    Is this covered on weightwatchers? Ha Ha I love your Moms bake goods. Looks Really Good

  • Brad Woods

     Excellent Recipe.I did add brown sugar to mine before rolling them up:o)
    Here is a pic of them baked up in cast iron.
    http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/4483/89189415045014845241388.jpg

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