Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls (little!)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 21
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 249.9
  • Total Fat: 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.4 mg
  • Sodium: 198.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 46.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g

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Number of Servings: 21


    *Prairie Farms Fat Free Skim Milk, .75 cup (remove)
    Orange Juice, .25 cup (remove)
    Granulated Sugar, .33 cup (remove)
    Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 2 oz (remove)
    Egg, fresh, 1 medium (remove)
    *Canola Oil, .25 cup (remove)
    *Active Dry Yeast, 2.25 tsp (remove)
    Salt, 1.5 tsp (remove)
    *Whole Wheat Flour, 4 cup (remove)
    Brown Sugar, 1 cup, packed (remove)
    Cinnamon, ground, 2 tbsp (remove)
    Butter, salted, .5 cup (remove)
    *Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese, 4 oz (remove)
    *Prairie Farms Fat Free Skim Milk, .5 cup (remove)
    Powdered Sugar, 2 cup, unsifted (remove)


For the dough:

3/4 cup warm milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
2 1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
4 cups white whole wheat flour
For the filling:

1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
Pinch salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
For the icing:
(Note – This makes enough icing to drizzle over the pan with plenty left over to add when serving the individual rolls)

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, orange juice, sugar, yogurt, egg, and oil. Add the yeast, and stir to combine. Add the salt, oats, and one cup of the flour. Gradually stir in the remaining flour until the dough begins to form and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead in the rest of the flour, until the dough is smooth and not too dense. (You can actually knead in the bowl, if you prefer… That’s what I do a lot of times. You could also do this with the dough hook on a mixer, but I prefer to make dough by hand.)

Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until almost doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours). If you prefer, you can let this rise the night before, punch it down, and then keep it in the refrigerator overnight. Be sure to punch it down again in the morning prior to shaping the rolls.

When ready to shape the rolls, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a small mixing bowl, and set aside. Lightly grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish or cake pan and set aside.

Punch down the dough, and roll out, on a lightly floured surface, into a large rectangle, about 18 inches long. Spread about 3/4 of the melted butter over the dough, leaving one long edge uncovered so that your roll will stick together later. Then, sprinkle 3/4 of the brown sugar mixture over the butter. Finally, sprinkle with the dried cranberries.

Roll the dough lengthwise (so that you end up with an 18 inch roll), starting with the side that has the filling right up to the edge. Press the uncovered edge down to seal the roll so that the rolls will not come apart when you cut them. Cut the cinnamon rolls with a sharp knife (or by looping a piece of dental floss underneath the dough, criss-crossing the ends over the top, and pulling tight to slice through the dough). This recipe will make about 12 large and thick cinnamon rolls, but you can also cut smaller rolls, if you prefer. Transfer each sliced roll to the prepared baking pan, placing them cut side down. Spread them out evenly in the pan, cover, and let rise for about 1 hour.

Towards the end of the second rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. Once the rolls have risen, brush the tops with the remaining melted butter, and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar mixture. Bake for about 25 minutes.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 20 minutes (if you can stand to leave them alone while they cool). Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until it is soft and fluffy. Gradually add in the milk and the powdered sugar until a nice thick glaze forms. Drizzle about half of the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.

Serve the cinnamon rolls warm, drizzled with some of the remaining glaze. They make a perfect breakfast with some fresh fruit!

Number of Servings: 21

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user ASTROXO.

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