Just let me warn you that this dough is REALLY sticky. DO NOT add any extra flour than the recipe calls for or they won't be as good. Just make sure you put lots of flour on your counter when you roll them out. I also flour my hands when I get it out of the bowl. Also, once you get your subdivided section of dough in your hands, you can keep adding flour to the sides of the dough until it doesn't stick to your hands anymore. It didn't seem like it took that much. Sorry for all the interjections I will make. It helped me out when my friend told me. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE MESSED THIS ONE UP! Good luck! It really is easy!
1 c. melted butter
2 c. warm water
2 pkts. yeast or 4 1/2 t.
2 T. sugar
1 c. sugar
1 t. salt
8 c. flour
1/2 c. melted butter
Melt 1 cup butter. Set aside to cool. In a bowl or Pyrex measuring cup get 2 cups warm water, yeast and 2 T. sugar. Set yeast mixture aside until foamy. Usually by the time the yeast is foamy, the butter is cool enough. Add all your eggs to your Kitchen aid or Bosch with your whisk attachment (for now). Add your cup of sugar and blend with eggs. Add butter (give a quick mix). Add foamy yeast mixture and salt (quick mix). Add flour one cup at a time and give a quick mix between cups. Do that for a total of 4 cups and then switch your whisk attachment out for your dough hook. Continue adding flour one cup at a time with a quick mix between each until you get to your last cup. After adding your last cup, mix until all flour is combine. It will barely start to pull away from the sides (very sticky!!!) Don't mix too much. You don't want to have tough rolls!
Put in a big bowl (popcorn size?) with lid or cloth. I liked using the lid. Place in a warm area until it has doubled in size. About 2 hours. Once risen, punch down (floured hands). Section dough out into 3 or 4 sections depending on how big and how many rolls you want. Divide into 2 sections for just cinnamon rolls. I divided in half and then divided one section in half again. That way I had one batch of cinnamon rolls and 2 batches of rolls! Roll out a section on floured space, into a large 12-15 inch circle. Brush with melted butter. Use pizza cutter and cute into 12 (or 8 depending on size) triangles. I prefer 12. Roll the sections big end to small end. Place on a greased cookie sheet, and brush with more butter. NO, THIS ISN'T A PAULA DEAN RECIPE! Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until a light golden brown.
CINNAMON ROLLS: Take 1/2 of dough and roll out on floured section into a large rectangle. Brush melted butter (liberally), sprinkle brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pecans would be good too. Roll up and cut with pizza cutter. I cut the roll in half and then in half again leaving 4 sections. Each section I cut into 4 except one that I only cut into 3. That way you have a total of 15 rolls to fit onto a cookie sheet. 5 rows of 3. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown. To frost, just get a canister of Betty Crocker Vanilla frosting, melt in microwave for 1 minute. Drizzle over baked cinnamon rolls by the spoonful! Trust me this is the way to go on frosting. Really.