Classic Cinnamon Rolls
- For the rolls:
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 1 batch Basic Sweet-Roll Dough
- For the glaze:
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Make the rolls: Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10-by-18-inch rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on one of the long sides. Top with the cinnamon sugar. Brush the clean border with water. Tightly roll the dough into an 18-inch log, rolling toward the clean border; pinch the seam to seal.
Slip a long taut piece of thread or unflavored floss under the roll, about 1 1/2 inches from the end. Lift the ends of the thread and cross over the roll, pulling tightly to cut off a piece. Repeat, cutting every 1 1/2 inches, to make 12 rolls. Place the rolls in the prepared baking dish.
Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover the rolls and bake until they spring back when pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan. (You can freeze the baked rolls for up to 2 weeks. Cool completely before freezing, then thaw, warm up and glaze before serving.)
Make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners' sugar, melted butter, milk, vanilla and salt in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the warm rolls.
Photograph by Johnny Miller
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