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Everything you crave in a cinnamon roll, in a vastly lighter version. Brown sugar sweetens the filling of this breakfast treat, and powdered sugar dissolves into a milky glaze that's drizzled over the top of these delicious and good for you cinnamon rolls. Whole-wheat flour adds a healthy dimension to these tasty rolls.

Jeff Gremillion
Recipe by Cooking Light June 2007

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Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs 56 mins
Yield:
16 servings (serving size: 1 roll)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • To prepare dough, dissolve yeast in warm milk and 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes or until foamy. Add butter and next 5 ingredients (through egg white); stir well. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour, stirring until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.

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  • Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; roll into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Coat surface of dough with cooking spray.

  • To prepare filling, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; sprinkle over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle raisins over dough, pressing gently into dough. Roll up rectangle tightly, starting with a long edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam to seal. Cut the dough into 16 rolls. Place the rolls, cut sides up, in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  • Preheat oven to 375°.

  • Uncover rolls. Bake at 375° for 22 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

  • To prepare glaze, place powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Add 5 teaspoons milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, stirring to form a thick glaze. Drizzle glaze evenly over rolls.

Chef's Notes

This recipe was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

Nutrition Facts

209 calories; fat 3.7g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 0.9g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 40.4g; fiber 2.6g; cholesterol 21mg; iron 2mg; sodium 111mg; calcium 39mg.
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