(Iowa State Fair) Sweet Dough Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

“This was the winning entry at the 2010 Iowa State Fair for the Tone's Spices Best Cinnamon Roll Contest - Overall Winner - 2010 Iowa State Fair Recipe created by Janice Nostrom of Humboldt . Janice, I can't wait to try this as my rolls are so bad I don't even try to make them any more. I have high hopes with this recipe from Janice. Thank you!! Rise Time: about 2-1/2 hours”
1hr 20mins
8 large rolls

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For Rolls:
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, in a large mixing bowl; let rest 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add dry milk, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and egg; mix well. Gradually add in enough flour to make a soft dough.
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until doubled in bulk.
  7. While dough is rising, make Caramel Pecan Mixture:
  8. Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and cream in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat.
  9. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  10. Remove from heat and pour an equal amount of hot syrup into two 8 x 8-inch greased pans.
  11. Sprinkle toasted pecans on top of syrup.
  12. Set aside.
  13. Punch dough down.
  14. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin to a 16 x 12-inch rectangle.
  15. To apply Cinnamon Filling, spread 1/4 cup butter over surface.
  16. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over dough.
  17. Roll up jellyroll style.
  18. Slice into 8 rolls.
  19. Place 4 rolls, cut side down, in each of the 2 pans, on top of Caramel Pecan Mixture.
  20. Cover and let rolls rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  21. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden.
  22. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  23. Invert rolls on to serving plate or parchment paper.
  24. *To toast pecans, spread on a shallow baking sheet and bake in 350ºF oven for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring once.
  25. Remove from oven.

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