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Grandma Whitecotton's Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Bill and Dolores Copenhaver
Added: Sunday, September 3, 2006

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Rolls:
1/2 c. mashed potatoes
1 pkg. dry yeast
11/2 c. sugar, divided
1 1/2 c. lukewarm water
5 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. melted shortening or oil
2 T. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

Glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
1-3 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Directions:
Rolls: Mix potatoes, yeast, 1/2 c. sugar, and water. In a large mixing bowl, make a nest with 2/3 of the flour. Pour in the liquid and work to incorporate. Then add shortening and salt. Continue to knead in remaining flour, knead until smooth. (*Using a stand mixer with a dough hook makes this job a lot easier). Place in a bowl and grease top of dough. Cover and let rise until double in bulk. Press down and turn over.
Grease the top again and let rise until tripled in bulk. Roll the dough and spread with butter. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 c. sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle liberally over dough. Roll the dough up and cut into 1 inch rounds. Place in baking dishes, about 1-inch apart. Let rise in pans until double in bulk. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Let rolls cool slightly, still warm, before drizzling with glaze.
Glaze:
In a small mixing bowl, whisk sugar with 2 T. milk and vanilla. If consistency is too thick, add the additional tablespoon of milk. Drizzle over warm rolls.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
Approximately 2 dozen
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
4-5 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Grandma Whitecotton, Grandpa C.'s grandma, lived on the edge of town in Elkhart, Indiana. When they would have elections in town, Grandma Whitecotton's house was always selected as a polling place. She would make these cinnamon rolls for everyone that came to vote. Although they weren't wealthy they always made sure that eveyone had something to eat. (Grandpa C.) "I would always ride my bike over on voting day to snatch up a cinnamon roll. When we (Grandma and Grandpa C.) were first married and struggling, Grandma Whitecotton would come over and fix us meals and bring a batch of cinnamon rolls. Her greatest joy was doing things for other people. She was very proud of her cinnamon rolls and shared them with many." We make this recipe, handed down for at least 4 generations, on Christmas and give them as gifts to eachother in honor of Grandma Whitecotton and the wonderfully generous person she was.

 

 

 

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