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Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Discover the delightful world of Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls!

You’ll love creating these fluffy, gooey rolls with a maple icing that adds just the right touch of sweetness.

My favorite part is how the dough, rolled out to a large rectangle, gets an even layer of melted butter before being sprinkled with a cozy cinnamon-sugar mix.

Keep your dough thin for the best texture.

One essential tip is to refrigerate the dough overnight, which allows the flavors to develop beautifully and makes the prep easier the next day.

Trust me, once you try these, they’ll become a cherished treat in your kitchen.

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How to Make Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packs Active Dry Yeast (4 1/2 tsp total)
  • 9 cups Flour (divided use)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 cups Butter (melted)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Generous amount of Cinnamon
  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar (2 lbs)
  • 1/4 cups Milk
  • 2 tsp Maple Flavoring
  • 1/4 cup Brewed Coffee
  • 1/8 tsp Salt

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1:

Heat the milk, vegetable oil, and 1 cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until just below a boil.

Remove from heat and let cool until warm, but not hot.

Step 2:

Sprinkle the yeast over the milk mixture and let it sit for 1 minute.

Add 8 cups of flour and stir until just combined.

Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour.

Step 3:

After 1 hour, add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour.

Stir thoroughly to combine.

Step 4:

Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a large rectangle on a floured surface.

Step 5:

Pour 1 cup of melted butter over each rectangle. Sprinkle 1 cup of sugar and a generous amount of cinnamon over each.

Step 6:

Starting from the long side, roll each rectangle tightly into a log and pinch the seam to seal.

Cut the logs into 1-inch slices and place them in baking pans.

Step 7:

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Cover the pans with kitchen towels and let rise for 20-30 minutes.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 8:

While the rolls are baking, prepare the frosting by mixing powdered sugar, milk, maple flavoring, coffee, and salt until smooth.

Apply the frosting to the warm rolls immediately after baking.

Tips and Tricks for Making This Recipe

cinnamon rolls before frosting

Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Using room temperature ingredients helps the dough rise more effectively and creates a better texture.

Don’t Rush the Rising Process

Allowing the dough to rise adequately makes the rolls fluffy and light, giving them the desired texture.

Apply Frosting to Warm Rolls

Frost the rolls while they are still warm so the frosting melts and seeps into every crevice, enhancing their flavor.

Cut Even Rolls

Use a length of dental floss to slice the rolls for a cleaner cut, which keeps the roll shape intact.

What to Serve with Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls

Fruit Salad

Pairing Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls with a fresh fruit salad is a delightful choice.

Use fruits like strawberries, kiwis, oranges, and blueberries for a colorful and juicy mix.

The light, fresh flavors balance the rich sweetness of the cinnamon rolls.

Yogurt Parfait

A yogurt parfait can be a creamy and tangy companion.

Layer Greek yogurt with granola and honey for a simple yet satisfying option.

You can also add seasonal fruits for additional flavor and texture.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a classic side dish to serve alongside cinnamon rolls.

They offer a savory contrast to the sweet rolls and are quick to make.

Add a bit of cheese or herbs to enhance their flavor.

Avocado Toast

For something less traditional, try serving avocado toast with your cinnamon rolls.

The creamy avocado spread on whole grain bread adds a different type of richness.

Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper for a perfect bite.

Maple-Glazed Bacon

Maple-glazed bacon can make your breakfast truly special.

The combination of sweet maple syrup and savory bacon works beautifully.

Cook the bacon until crisp to get the perfect texture to complement your cinnamon rolls.

Variations and Substitutions

Different Flours

You can easily swap all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour to add some extra fiber and a slightly nutty flavor to your rolls.

If you prefer a gluten-free option, use a 1-to-1 gluten-free baking mix.

Alternative Sweeteners

Maple syrup or honey can be used instead of granulated sugar for a unique twist and added flavor depth.

Using coconut sugar also adds a subtle caramel taste to the rolls.

Dairy-Free Ingredients

Substitute plant-based milk, like almond or oat milk, for regular milk to make these rolls dairy-free.

You can also use vegan butter in the dough and icing.

Unique Fillings

Try adding fruits like raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dates to the cinnamon-sugar filling for added texture and taste.

Crushed nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, offer a delightful crunch.

Exotic Spices

Incorporating spices such as cardamom or nutmeg into the cinnamon filling spices things up.

Pumpkin pie spice is another excellent alternative that brings in warm, seasonal flavors.

Frosting Options

Consider using a cream cheese icing for a rich and tangy variation instead of a traditional glaze.

For a lighter option, a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and orange juice offers a fresh citrus note.

By making these simple swaps and additions, you can create memorable and personalized cinnamon rolls.

How to Store Leftover Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls

Cooling Completely

Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool entirely before storing them to avoid condensation and sogginess.

Once cooled, you can proceed with the next steps.

Airtight Storage

Place the cooled cinnamon rolls in an airtight container.

Plastic wrap also works; just wrap each roll tightly.

Keep the container or wrapped rolls at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Refrigerating for Longer Storage

If you need more time, refrigerate them.

An airtight container is still essential to keep them fresh.

They will last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Skipping the Refrigeration Step

One mistake you don’t want to make is skipping the refrigeration step.

Refrigerating the dough before rolling and baking helps in handling and shaping.

This step allows the dough to firm up, which makes it much easier to work with.

Not Using Enough Filling

Another common mistake is not using enough filling.

Ree Drummond suggests being generous with butter, sugar, and cinnamon.

If you’re too stingy with the filling, you’ll miss out on that gooey texture that makes cinnamon rolls delightful.

Improper Covering for Freezing

Improperly covering your cinnamon rolls when freezing can lead to freezer burn.

Make sure to wrap them tightly with both plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

This will keep them fresh, and you’ll be able to enjoy them later without any loss in quality.

pioneer woman cinnamon rolls feat

Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

You'll love creating these fluffy, gooey rolls with a maple icing that adds just the right touch of sweetness.
My favorite part is how the dough, rolled out to a large rectangle, gets an even layer of melted butter before being sprinkled with a cozy cinnamon-sugar mix.
Keep your dough thin for the best texture.
One essential tip is to refrigerate the dough overnight, which allows the flavors to develop beautifully and makes the prep easier the next day.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 17 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 10
Ingredients
  
  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packs Active Dry Yeast 4 1/2 tsp total
  • 9 cups Flour divided use
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 cups Butter melted
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Generous amount of Cinnamon
  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar 2 lbs
  • 1/4 cups Milk
  • 2 tsp Maple Flavoring
  • 1/4 cup Brewed Coffee
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • Step-by-Step Instru
Instructions
 
  • Heat the milk, vegetable oil, and 1 cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until just below a boil.
  • Remove from heat and let cool until warm, but not hot.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the milk mixture and let it sit for 1 minute.
  • Add 8 cups of flour and stir until just combined.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour.
  • Stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a large rectangle on a floured surface.
  • Pour 1 cup of melted butter over each rectangle. Sprinkle 1 cup of sugar and a generous amount of cinnamon over each.
  • Starting from the long side, roll each rectangle tightly into a log and pinch the seam to seal.
  • Cut the logs into 1-inch slices and place them in baking pans.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Cover the pans with kitchen towels and let rise for 20-30 minutes.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the rolls are baking, prepare the frosting by mixing powdered sugar, milk, maple flavoring, coffee, and salt until smooth.
  • Apply the frosting to the warm rolls immediately after baking.

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