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Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"First Place Winner at the 2008 Iowa State Fair!"
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2 h 45 m servings 404
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 rolls)


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  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; 13.5 65.4 5.7 49 318 Full nutrition

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I've never rated before, but this recipe is too good to go without stars! These were so light and delicious, not heavy. I was worried because the dough was so soft, but they came out perfect. ...

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Loved this recipe, I did add instant vanilla pudding to the filling and used creamed cheese instead of butter. Rolls were light and fluffy and delicious. Will make again. I also got almost 3 d...

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I've never rated before, but this recipe is too good to go without stars! These were so light and delicious, not heavy. I was worried because the dough was so soft, but they came out perfect. ...

This rating is for the dough only. It came out wonderful and the addition of the potatoes was new to me; I always like trying new things and this was easy. I used a different filling: 1/3 cup...

Excellent recipe. The dough is indeed soft, but kneading on a floured service made it a workable dough for me. Note for others like me without a kitchen aid mixer. The dough crept up my hand ...

This has become my favorite recipe out of the many ones I've tried and they are a must for my bake sales. The Potatoes break up the gluten in the flour making the dough tender and melt in your m...

If I could give this recipe 100 stars... I would. These are by far the very best Cinnamon rolls that I have ever had. This was also my first time ever attempting to make cinnamon rolls, and th...

Best Cinnamon Rolls EVER!!! I make them exactly how the recipe calls. I will put a dozen in the oven and preset my oven to start in the morning. The other dozen I cover and put in the freezer fo...

Only thing I suggest is using brown sugar in the middle rather then cinnamon, and using more then it suggests

With a less than stellar record with home made bread, I was reluctant to try this. I was so glad I did! They came out absolutely perfect. I didn't change a single thing from the recipe and it...

These cinnamon rolls are AWESOME!!!!! I will admit the dough is very soft and sticky but the result is well worth it. They are so light and fluffy that they literally melt in your mouth. I wi...