Easy Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Description

An easy way to make cinnamon rolls! This is my version of a cake mix cinnamon roll recipe.
(my back story: http://community.kingarthurflour.com/content/rapid-rise-yeast-vs-regular... . Note my 1/26 comment, too.)

summary

Yield
15 LG rolls
File under
Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

DOUGH:
2 (.25 oz) packages rapid rise dry yeast
1 (18.25 oz) package white or yellow cake mix
3 C all-purpose flour or bread flour
2 1/2 C very warm water
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1 1/2 C all-purpose flour - added more as needed to make less sticky dough

CINNAMON ROLL FILLING:
1/4 C unsalted butter, softened
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C sugar
1 T ground cinnamon
Raisins -- optional

Instructions

1. Grease 9" X 13" baking pan.
2. In a large bowl of Kitchen Aid, using paddle, combine yeast with cake mix & 3 C of flour; stir to combine.
3. Add 2 1/2 C very warm water & stir to combine.
4. Add the remaining 1 1/2 C flour, 1/2 C at a time, stirring well after each addition.
5. When the dough has pulled together, use dough hook & knead OR turn it out onto a lightly floured surface & knead, until smooth & elastic. Add (knead in) more flour, as necessary.
6. Work quickly! This dough wants to rise!
7. On lightly floured surface, roll/pull/pat the dough into a 10" X16" rectangle*. Spread with softened butter; sprinkle on brown sugar & cinnamon. Sprinkle on as many raisins as you want, optional.
8. Starting from one of the long sides, tightly roll up rectangle & cut into 15* slices, about 1" wide. Place slices in pan*.

*2/2/11--ADDED INFO: This will make LARGE rolls that smush together in the pan. May want to use more than one pan, and may make more than 15 slices. Use your own judgement. It will depend on how thick you make your rectangle. I have also cut my rectangle in half so I had two rectangles, 10" X 8" wide, to make it easier to roll; I only had to contend with 8" wide rolls, instead of keeping a 16" of roll tight as I rolled. I also have refrigerated part of the dough for later use.

9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cover rolls with damp cloth & let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
10. Bake at 375° F for 20 minutes, or until rolls are golden. Start checking at 20 minutes. If they're not done, keep an eye on them and continue baking until rolls are golden. (I baked mine more like 35-40 minutes.)

comments

Submitted by candykisses on Thu, 2011-01-27 00:02.

wow these seem easy to make and much less time consuming than a regular recipe...thanks for sharing

Submitted by OUARNP on Mon, 2011-01-31 09:52.

AWESOME recipe - can't wait to try it. So easy, too. Your yeast story cracked me up with your description and it is not funny but happened to me so I appreciate your dilemma! Thanks for sharing and the orange to accompany the rolls!

Submitted by Gnancy on Wed, 2011-02-02 12:07.

When I made this with the orange filling, being more experienced and working without the first rising, I actually got 16 generous rolls and a good bit of extra dough. I refrigerated the extra dough in a ziplock, and it actually rose in the fridge. Yesterday, I was able to stretch out another large rectangle, not very thick, and make 15 more (what I call) cinnamon buns--only about 1" tall, but I didn't really wait for them to rise much. Spread with a little butter, a lot of cinnamon, a little white & brown sugar, and raisins.

This time, I put them in the greased 9" X 13" pan with space between, poured *a little* Mountain Dew over(left-over from another recipe for a quick apple dumpling made with pillsbury crescent rolls--wouldn't recommend)--just enough to cover the bottom of the pan, and spooned about a couple of teaspoons (from regular dinnerware) of rich half & half over each roll before baking.

These came out great, too. I added a note to the recipe, too. Is this TMI?

Submitted by kitteniis on Tue, 2011-03-01 10:59.

Never made them, but will try. I have so much free time. I will let you know. Kitteniis

Submitted by CollieGirl on Tue, 2011-05-31 02:40.

I have no idea how this might have turned out. The dough was very very sticky and I wasn't sure how much more flour to add before it might make the rolls dry. Unfortunately, my kitchen was also very very hot (no AC) and the dough was 'out of control' lol they were never baked,. I had to run to the store to buy something for my morning knitting group.