Triple-Play Cinnamon Rolls

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Three sugars go into these rolls: Granulated sweetens the dough, brown adds a light molasses flavor to the filling, and powdered sweetens the glaze. Use dental floss to make easy work of cutting the dough.

Yield: 20 servings (serving size: 1 roll)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 200
  • Calories from fat: 18%
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 38.3g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 134mg
  • Calcium: 28mg

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1/2 cup warm 1% low-fat milk (100° to 110°)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. To prepare dough, dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup warm milk, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, salt, and egg; stir with a wooden spoon until combined (batter will not be completely smooth).
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 3 cups flour to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly tacky).
  3. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray; turn to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)
  4. To prepare filling, combine raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Roll dough into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle; brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle filling over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Beginning with a long side, roll up dough jelly-roll fashion; pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends of roll). Wrap roll in plastic wrap; chill for 20 minutes.
  5. Unwrap roll, and cut into 20 (1/2-inch) slices. Arrange slices, cut sides up, 1 inch apart on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°) free from drafts, 1 hour and 15 minutes or until doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. Uncover dough. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.
  8. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls.
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