Oh, how I love my cinnamon rolls!  They are so easy and yummy!

I will give step by step instructions, and the complete recipe is at the end.  I also made video which shows me pressing out the dough and rolling it up so you can see how easy it is!  Look for it at the bottom of the post.

Start by putting warm water, sugar, oil, and yeast in your mixer bowl.  Mix a little bit, then let it sit for 15 minutes.

Now add salt, eggs, and flour.  Put the lid on and mix it for 10 minutes.  Turn it off and let it sit for 10 minutes.
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Oil your cupboard (don’t use flour).  Dump your dough out and divide in half.
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Press your dough into a basic rectangle shape with your hands.  When I talked to my mom, she told me she never uses a rolling pin.  Just her hands.
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Melt 1/2 cube of butter (or margarine, whatever you have is fine) and pour it onto the dough.  Spread it out (I use my hands…much easier and faster).
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Take your cinnamon-sugar mixture and spread evenly over the dough.  Don’t forget your edges!
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If  you want to add raisins, at the beginning, put them in warm water to plump them up.  Then sprinkle them on at this point.

Now you need to roll up your dough.  You want it tight, but not too tight.  It just takes practice.
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This roll now needs to be divided into 12 equal size sections.  Divide in half, then each section in half.  That give you 4.  Then cut each of those 2 more times to give you 3 from each.  12 total.
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Place all 12 on a greased cookie sheet (I also lay a sheet of parchment paper down and then grease it.  Much easier cleanup).  When you put them down, put the ends facing into the middle.  That way you won’t have any dry ends.

Repeat with the other half of your dough.  You now have 24 rolls.
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Now you let them rise.  It really doesn’t take very long.  They will raise in the oven some, so don’t let them get too big.
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This is approximately how big they are when I put them in the oven today.  I normally would let them rise a bit longer.  I like them big!
Bake for 12-14 minutes at 400.  They should be a nice golden brown when you take them out.
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Let them cool, and then it’s time to frost.

To make your frosting, put your powdered sugar in the bowl, along with butter, salt, and vanilla.  SLOWLY add milk until the frosting is the consistency you want.  I am still working on this one.  I always add just a touch too much, and then it is too runny.  But it still tastes good.
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Now just spread the frosting on using a rubber spatula.  This recipe of frosting will cover both trays of rolls.  Be generous.  The frosting really makes it perfect!
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I frosted them too soon today because we really wanted to taste them, so the frosting melted a little bit.  But they are so delicious warm that it is worth it!

So there you go!  Easy cinnamon rolls.  We started at 9:30, and by 11:30, everyone was gone.  We had made them, baked them, frosted them, and eaten them.  2 hours.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

******Recipe******

One Hour Cinnamon Rolls 
by Camille Paskett and Shanna Roberts

Mix and let sit for 15 minutes:
3 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
6 T. yeast (4 1/2 Saf-Instant)

Then add:
1 T. salt
3 eggs
10 1/2 c. flour

Mix together for 10 minutes, then sit for 10 minutes. Oil cupboard, dump out dough. Divide in half. Press one half out into rectangle. Spread with ¼ c. melted butter and then with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll up tight, but not too tight. Divide into 12 rolls and place on greased cookie sheet. Repeat with other half of dough. Let rise. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 400.

Cinnamon-Sugar
1c. sugar
1 T. cinnamon

 Frosting

1 cube butter
2 dashes salt
2 t. vanilla
6 c. powdered sugar
milk

Orange Rolls: Add orange concentrate to regular frosting
Chocolate Rolls: Add baking cocoa and a few drops of water to regular frosting
Cream cheese Rolls: Add cream cheese to regular frosting


To answer questions that have come up since I first posted this:

*My mixer is a Bosch.  Hands down the best mixer available!  I just wish it came in cute colors.
*1 cube of butter = 1/2 c.
*Orange concentrate is frozen orange juice.
*I just use regular flour, not self-rising.
*It really is 6 Tablespoons of yeast.  I use SafInstant.  I have never used the packets, so I don't know the conversion.
*It really is 10 and 1/2 cups of flour.
*I have never frozen the dough.  These are way too easy to make to bother with freezing them.  But some people have.
*Rising time depends on how warm the house is, the humidity, etc.  Just let them rise until they are big enough for you.
*I don't know how many calories these are.  Please don't tell me.
*If you want half the rolls, just half the recipe.
*400 degrees Fahrenheit.
*I use the dough hook to mix it up.

I finally made a video that shows how I press out the dough and roll them up.  I hope this helps!


The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to to the dates on her tombstone,
from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on the earth.
And now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So thing about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read,
with your life's actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spend YOUR dash?
“Faith is not a theological platitude. It is a fact of life. Faith can become the very wellspring of purposeful living. There is no more compelling motivation to worthwhile endeavor than the knowledge that we are children of God, the Creator of the universe, our all-wise Heavenly Father! God expects us to do something with our lives, and he will give us help when help is sought.” -Gordon B. Hinckley
"How I admire men, women, and children who know how to work! How the Lord loves the laborer! He said, 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread', and 'The laborer is worthy of his hire'. He also gave a promise: 'Thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you.' Those who are unafraid to roll up their sleeves and lose themselves in the pursuit of worthwhile goals are a blessing to their families, communities, nations, and to the Church." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"...Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk. Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be at the center of all and everything we do in our own family, in our Church callings, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"It is far more difficult to be of one heart and mind than to be physically one. This unity of heart and mind is manifest in sincere expressions of 'I appreciate you' and 'I am proud of you.' Such domestic harmony results from forgiving and forgetting, essential elements of a maturing marriage relationship. Someone has said that we 'should keep our eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterward.' True charity ought to begin in marriage, for it is a relationship that must be rebuilt every day." -James E. Faust
"The temple recommend is a symbol of our faithfulness and determination to serve the Lord. It is a symbol of our love for the Lord, for as Jesus taught, 'He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him' (John 14:21)." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“To access information from heaven, one must first have a firm faith and a deep desire. One needs to ‘ask with a sincere heart and real intent, having faith in Jesus Christ’ (Moroni 10:4). ‘Real intent’ means that one really intends to follow the divine direction given.” -Russell M. Nelson
"You who pray sometimes, why not pray more regularly, more often, more devoutly? Is time so precious, life so short, or faith so scant? . . . Do you pray occasionally when you should be praying regularly, often, constantly? . . . Do you just speak, or do you also listen? . . . Do you give thanks or merely ask for favors?"

-Spencer W. Kimball
“Prayer is a supernal gift of our Father in Heaven to every soul. Think of it: the absolute Supreme Being, the most all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful personage, encourages you and me, as insignificant as we are, to converse with Him as our Father." Elder Richard G. Scott
“What may appear initially to be a daunting task will be much easier to manage over time as you consistently strive to recognize and follow feelings prompted by the Spirit. Your confidence in the direction you receive from the Holy Ghost will also become stronger. I witness that as you gain experience and success in being guided by the Spirit, your confidence in the impressions you feel can become more certain than your dependence on what you see or hear.” Elder Richard G. Scott
"When we remember that each of us is literally a spirit son or daughter of God, we will not find it difficult to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. He appreciates the value of this raw material which we call life. 'Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God'. His pronouncement inspires purposye in our lives." -Thomas S. Monson
"I testify that one cannot come to full faith in this latter-day work—and thereby find the fullest measure of peace and comfort in these, our times—until he or she embraces the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom it testifies." -Jeffrey R. Holland
"If we are to fulfill our destiny and return to live with our Father in Heaven, we must keep His commandments and pattern our lives after the Savior. By so doing, we will not only achieve our goal of eternal life, but we will also leave the world richer and better than it would have been had we not lived and performed our duties" -Thomas S. Monson
"Be careful and not turn away the small still voice; it will teach you what to do and where to go; it will yield the fruits of the kingdom. Tell the brethren to keep their hearts open to conviction, so that when the Holy Ghost comes to them, their hearts will be ready to receive it." -Brigham Young
“A study of the scriptures will help our testimonies and the testimonies of our family members. Our children today are growing up surrounded by voices urging them to abandon that which is right and to pursue, instead, the pleasures of the world. Unless they have a firm foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ, a testimony of the truth, and a determination to live righteously, they are susceptible to these influences. It is our responsibility to fortify and protect them.” -Thomas S. Monson
"Because they expound the doctrine of Christ, the scriptures are accompanied by the Holy Spirit, whose role it is to bear witness of the Father and the Son (3 Nephi 11:32). Therefore, being in the scriptures is one way we receive the Holy Ghost. Of course, scripture is given through the Holy Ghost in the first place (2 Peter 1:21; D&C 20:26–27; 68:4), and that same Spirit can attest its truth to you and me. Study the scriptures carefully, deliberately. Ponder and pray over them. Scriptures are revelation, and they will bring added revelation." -D. Todd Christofferson
"The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"If we can look back through the generations, we see those who helped us to get where we are now—those who forged the way before us, whether they were members of the Church or not. And in the restored gospel we realize even more deeply our responsibility to link them to us through the ordinances of the temple. In a letter from the Prophet Joseph Smith to the members of the Church, we read: 'These are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over. . . . For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, . . . they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect'
- Neil L. Andersen