First Place Winner at the 2008 Iowa State Fair!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr 45 mins
total:
2 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 rolls
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Rolls:
Filling:
Icing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Let rise 30 to 45 minutes until nearly doubled.

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

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

Tips

2 medium potatoes yield about 1 cup mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

404 calories; protein 5.7g; carbohydrates 65.4g; fat 13.5g; cholesterol 49mg; sodium 318mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2010
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. Nect time I'll add more cinnamon, that's literally the only flaw! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/25/2011
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 doz. rolls and made a tea ring also. Great. Read More
(9)
373 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 334
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
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. Nect time I'll add more cinnamon, that's literally the only flaw! Read More
(148)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
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 butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar and 2 1/2 tbls of cinnamon. YUM. Read More
(142)
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
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 mixer and almost ruined it. Mix by hand after the first 4-5 cups of flour. And like all allrecipe users, I changed the recipe. I used 2 cups of potato water, since it was already hot, Added 2 tsp of vanilla to the dough, and used half brown half white sugar and added a pinch of cloves to the filling. Definitely double the icing recipe. (Next time I'm going to add orange zest) Thank you for the recipe from a fellow Iowan! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2011
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 mouth, so you don't have to worry about fussing with it so much. Its easy for first timers just don't over work your dough and it will stay tender. (Personally stickier the better!) I usually make up my own "brown" sugar for the filling its cheaper just to add a tsp of molasses per cup of white sugar. I also add some nutmeg to the dough for a nutty touch. A tip for even rising/baking I always slice them no more than 1 1/2 " thick with a long piece of floss (slide under and cross them over) and then gently smash them down in the pan so they are spread out evenly. That way they don't bake so lop sided. or one edge rises higher and burns. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
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 they were very easy to make. One thing that I should mention though. If you are using a standard size Kitchen Aid mixer, after you add all of the flour, your mixer will have trouble kneading the dough. I kneaded it on my counter a few times, divided it in half, and proceeded to knead just one half of the dough at a time in the mixer. Worked out great because then I just let the dough rise separated and didn't have to divide it later. Awesome recipe!! I wouldn't change a thing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2011
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 for the next weekend. Works out awesome!! One tip that was told to me, mix the butter and sugar/cinnamon together and spread together. When you cut the cinnamon/sugar doesn't fall out. Works great!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
Only thing I suggest is using brown sugar in the middle rather then cinnamon and using more then it suggests Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2010
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 came out great. Just be aware that it makes a lot of cinnamon rolls. they were melt in your mouth good! They were even better than the renouned "Johnson's Corner" rolls...WAY BETTER! I may tinker with this recipe by adding a few nuts or raisins but definitely worth trying without! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
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 will make these again and again and again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/25/2011
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 doz. rolls and made a tea ring also. Great. Read More
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