Classic Cinnamon Rolls


First Place Winner at the 2008 Iowa State Fair!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
24 rolls



  • 1 cup mashed potatoes

  • 1 cup reserved potato water

  • ¾ cup butter OR margarine

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup hot water

  • 2 envelopes Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast

  • ½ cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees F)

  • 2 eggs

  • 8 ½ cups all-purpose flour, or more if needed


  • ½ cup butter OR margarine, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon


  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • 6 tablespoons butter OR margarine, softened

  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® 100% Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract

  • 5 tablespoons milk, or more as needed


  1. Combine potatoes, potato water, butter, sugar, salt and hot water in large mixing bowl. Stir until butter melts; set aside and let cool. Combine yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in small bowl. Let rest 5 minutes. Add eggs, 2 cups flour and yeast mixture to potato mixture. Beat until well mixed. Continue adding flour, 1 cup at a time until soft dough forms.

  2. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 4 to 6 minutes), OR knead with electric mixer using dough hook. Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover.

  3. Let rise in a warm, draft free area about 1 hour, until doubled in size. Punch dough down; divide in half.

  4. Roll one portion of dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12 x 18-inch rectangle. Spread with half the butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle half of the mixture over surface. Roll up tightly lengthwise, sealing edges. Cut into 12 slices. Place in greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover.

  5. Let rise 30 to 45 minutes until nearly doubled.

  6. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

  7. Cool for 15 minutes. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over rolls.


2 medium potatoes yield about 1 cup mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
14g Fat
65g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 318mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 100mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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