January 24

I know that y’all have been waiting with baited breath for us to conduct the cinnamon roll experiment, and it has happened. We all now weigh 7.2 pounds heavier, but OH  internets, it was worth it.

The results are in, they have been tabulated, counted, recounted, hanging chads and all. The consensus is…

They looked great, smelled great, and tasted like Bisquick cinnamon rolls, with super duper icing.

No one here was impressed with this recipe.

I am sad. Everything that I have tried of Ree’s has been good till now. I was hoping for some curl-your-toes cinnamon rolls, but these weren’t it. I think we will stick with the Williams-Sonoma recipe, and use Ree’s icing.

So, I challenge you to do your own experiment. Let me know which ones you like better.

Cinnamon Rolls from William-Sonoma

  • 2 pkg. (5 tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1 c. milk, heated to 105-115º
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 5½ c. flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground mace
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup butter at room temperature


  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ c. butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten~~for egg glaze

In the bowl of your mixer, dissolve yeast in warm milk, and let stand till foamy, about 5 minutes or so. Add sugar, eggs, flour, salt, mace,~~since we aren’t to fancy schmancy here, and since mace is the outer covering to the nutmeg, we use freshly grated nutmeg~~ orange zest and butter. Attach your dough hook, and knead on low speed. Add more flour, if needed, for the dough to come away from the sides of the bowl. Knead about 5-7 minutes till dough is smooth and elastic.

Form the dough into a ball and put into a slightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise till doubled, about 1½-2 hours.

In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.

Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Cut it in half. Roll out half the dough into a rectangle. Brush the surface with ½ the melted butter and sprinkle with ½ the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Roll up. Cut the log into 8, 2″ slices. Place them cut side up, barely touching on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment.

Repeat this with other half. Cover and let rise till doubled. About 40 minutes or so. Brush with beaten egg.

Place in a 400º oven for 20-25 minutes.

Let rolls cool slightly~~unless you are us, and eat them immediately~~and ice with whatever icing you prefer. The boy likes to put some orange zest in the icing. We also really liked Ree’s idea of the coffee in the vanilla glaze. YUM!

Don’t forget to let me know which ones you like best. It truly doesn’t matter, what matters is that you get to eat cinnamon rolls, and gain 7.2 pounds like the rest of us.


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12 thoughts on “January 24”

  1. As much as I would love to do this I value peace in my home too much. My marriage could be irrevocably harmed by doing such an experiment. I have to schedule appointments w/doctors over the course of the next few months and these do not need to be in my system when I do so or when I go to the appointments.

    Sorry – maybe 5 years ago I would have done this.

  2. They look yummy! I will drool from your blog and just imagine what they must taste like.

    Because of our health we have to try HARD to stay away from things like that…I said TRY … but… no… no… no…I’m trying really I am!

  3. They look yummy, but if you say they taste like Bisquick then I believe you and I won’t waste my time trying them. I like the recipes PioneerWoman has, but often I find that after I try one of her recipes, if we like it a little bit then I end up playing with it until we like it better….such as Marlboro Man’s fave sandwich…we love it (after I played with it a bit), but the origional recipe tasted, and I quote my children here, “like salisbury steak”…LOL…but I do love her humor and her writing style.

  4. Nope, I’m not going to do it! We don’t need to add the extra 7.2 lbs! Dh’s uniforms would be too tight and then he would need new ones…which we can’t afford. And they would threaten with putting him on the “fat boy program”…and possibly succeed! That would make him cranky! And me too! Nope, not gonna do it. I’ll trust your experiment results, CC.

  5. You know I own the Willimas Sanoma book and haven’t tried that recipe….I guess this weekend will be a bun cook off. Will let you know what we come up with….my husband will thank you….maybe…depends on how many he eats… 🙂

  6. I tried her dinner roll recipe, but we didn’t care for it as much as the recipe I usually use. I haven’t tried the frosting part. I’m not sure my family would like it. We like the cream-cheese Cinnabon type of icing.

    Your Williams-Sonoma recipe looks good. I usually use a bread machine to make the dough, though. I just made cinnamon rolls yesterday, so it may be a while before I make them again. I’ll have to file this away to try later.

  7. I can’t believe that you didn’t like them. All though I did not really like her dinner roll recipe so I guess to each his own though huh? Maybe I will try your recipe and see if we like it better, but we really do love the other one…

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