These cinnamon rolls are finished off with icing for the ultimate sweet treat
For the Dough
- 1package instant yeast((2¼ teaspoons))
- 1/4cupplus 1/2 teaspoon sugar, divided
- ½cupwhole milk(at room temperature)
- 2tablespoonslight brown sugar
- ½teaspoonvanilla extract
- 1egg yolk
- 2¾cupsall-purpose flour(plus more for kneading)
- 8tablespoonsunsalted butter, at room temperature((1 stick ))
For the Filling
- ¼cupdark brown sugar(packed)
- ¼cupfinely chopped pecans
- ¼cupfinely chopped walnuts
- 1tablespoonground cinnamon
- 1/8teaspoonground cloves
- 2tablespoonsmaple syrup
- ¼cupunsalted butter(melted)
For Laminating the Dough
- 4ouncescream cheese(at room temperature)
For Brushing the Cinnamon Rolls
- ¼cupunsalted butter(melted)
For the Icing
- 1½cupspowdered sugar
- 3tablespoonswhole milk
- To Make the Dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer combine yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 cup water heated to 115°F. Stir to combine and let sit until frothy and foamy, about 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining sugar, milk, light brown sugar, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk. Beat with a wire whisk until well combined. Fit the bowl onto the mixer, fitting with the dough hook attachment. Add the flour and salt and mix on medium speed until the dough just begins to come together. Turn the machine on medium-high and knead the dough for 4 minutes.
- Add the butter and continue to knead for about 6 minutes. The dough will be wet and sticky. Place the dough on a well floured work surface, and knead about 1/3 cup all-purpose flour into the dough. The dough still might be a little sticky, which is ok. Set the dough to rest in a large greased bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
- Make the Filling: While the dough rises, combine the sugar, dark brown sugar, pecans, walnuts, cinnamon, salt and cloves in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Stir in the maple syrup. Set aside.
- When the dough has doubled in size, dump it from the bowl onto a heavily floured work surface. Gently knead the dough until it is no longer sticky, adding more flour as needed. Work the dough for about 1 or 2 minutes. Once it’s no longer sticky, place a kitchen towel over the dough and let rest for 5 minutes before you roll it out.
- Laminate the Dough: Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 10 x 10-inch square.
- In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese with a knife until it’s smooth and spreadable.
- Spread the cream cheese evenly over the dough square. Fold the square into thirds like you would fold a letter to fit into an envelope. Take the open ends of the rectangle and fold into thirds again, to make a smaller dough square.
- Invert the dough so that the seam is face down and, using the rolling pin, gently roll it into a 10 x 20-inch rectangle. You may find that some cream cheese sneaks through. Be as gentle as possible with the dough, but continue to work it until you reach the size you need.
- Turn the dough so that the short sides are parallel to you.
- Assemble the Cinnamon Rolls: Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter.
- Pour all of the filling onto the dough. Spread evenly, leaving a 1-inch boarder at one of the short edges of the dough so the roll can be properly sealed. Lightly press the filling into the dough.
- Using your hands, lift up the bottom edge of the dough and roll it forward into a tight cylinder. Place dough cylinder seam side down on a cutting board. Using a sharp, thin knife, trim off the uneven edges.
- Cut the cylinder into 8 equal slices. Nestle the slices, cut side up and evenly spaced in a butter 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to let rise for 2 hours. You may also refrigerate rolls overnight.
- Bake the Cinnamon Rolls: Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover the rolls. If you refrigerated the rolls, let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
- Transfer the pan of cinnamon rolls to a cooling rack. Brush with melted butter. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Make the Icing: Whisk together the sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth, adding more sugar or milk to reach your desired consistency. Dip the tines of a fork into the icing and drizzle over the rolls. Serve warm or at room temperature.