Saturday, February 18, 2012

pioneer woman's cinnamon rolls

Have you heard of the Pioneer Woman?
You should have.
If not, go to her site right now.

Anyway, she is a great gal that makes some really good Southern "cowboy" food, as she calls it.
And these.
These are, by far, the best cinnamon rolls ever.
The best.

Go make them.
And be prepared to possibly just fall over from the heavenliness that are these rolls.

The recipe makes a ton (7-8 pie pans) but luckily they freeze really really well.  Just after they are finished, wrap them really well with a double layer of plastic wrap and stick em in the freezer.

The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls
Makes 7-8 pie pans....or a couple pie pans and 2 lasagna pans.
1 quart whole milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
9 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon (heaping) baking powder
1 teaspoon (scant) baking soda
1 tablespoon (heaping) salt
Plenty of melted butter
2 cups sugar
Generous sprinkling of cinnamon
1 bag powdered sugar
2 teaspoons maple flavoring
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. Scald the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in the yeast. Let this sit for a minute. 

Then add 8 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.

After rising for at least an hour, add 1 more cup of flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together. (At this point, you could cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two, if necessary. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to overflow out of the pan, just punch it down).

When ready to prepare rolls: Sprinkle rolling surface generously with flour. Take half the dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape. Drizzle 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter over the dough. Now sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the butter followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

Now, starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Next, pinch the seam of the roll to seal it.

Spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a seven inch round foil cake or pie pan. Then begin cutting the rolls approximately 3/4 to 1 inch thick and laying them in the buttered pans.

Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake at 375* until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.

For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Enjoy!


  1. These look ridiculously amazing. I would be afraid to make them because I would eat the whole batch!

  2. I am always on the look out for interesting food blogs. But when a site fawns all over Ree Drummond and her Pioneer Woman schtick, it gives pause. No offense, but The Pioneer Woman isn't exactly the keepin' it real, "little ol' ranch wife" everyone's been led to believe. She plagiarizes most of her recipes from local church and community cookbooks and rarely credits them.

    Exactly how many Pioneer Women do you know who have the means to hire P.R. firms and professional web designers? And how many are able to construct a custom built television studio on their property? Bottom line, Ree is nothing but a rich, bored housewife with a $10K camera and an internet connection who covets a place in the food world, one she's willing to pay to for. For more info, google The Marlboro Woman and Pie Near Woman.

    Nothing pioneer about that in my book. Just an internet marketing hoax.

    1. Who cares... these rolls are bless your heart good.

  3. Someone is super jealous.meow Ree is amazing I read her blog in the early days when it was about photography.

  4. Lindycindy is a wee bit Settle yer britches missy and come to terms with Ree Drummond being tje most amaxing cook and baker out there!! Yeeehaw these are some yummy rolls....try will not be disappointed. Lindycindy might tho....shes got a tractor sized burr up her


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