Wilson-Knepper Cinnamon Rolls

This sounds like a simple, easy cinnamon roll recipe. However, I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg — there can be much more to the recipe than this. For example, the last time the Wilson-Knepper household made these, there were at least 15 boxes of Hot Roll Mix used, and something like 25 people. They didn’t just make cinnamon rolls — they made cheese rolls, sausage rolls, hamburger rolls, and just about anything that could be put on top of the dough and rolled up! It’s a great excuse for a party.

1 box Pilsbury Hot Roll Mix
1 C water
2 T butter
1 egg
Melted Butter (1/4 lb or more)
Basting Brush to spread butter
Cinnamon Sugar (at least 1 C or more — best if 5-20% cinnamon, or to taste. Some say more is better. Put Cinnamon Sugar in Jar with holes in top to make a shaker dispenser.)
Flour (about 4 to 4-1/2 C)
Large flat surface – Large cutting board, tile counter, clean table top, or table covered with plastic sheet from hardware store
1 or more Rolling Pins (more pins = more people can work at same time.
Pair of kitchen Scissors or Knife to cut dough
Butter coated baking dishes (butter works best)

Prepare dough according to directions on box; allow to rest 10-15 min. Divide dough into two. Cover flat surface with fine layer of flour to prevent sticking. Place half of the dough on flour covered flat surface. Spread fine layer of flour on top of dough to prevent sticking to rolling pin. Flour the Rolling Pin to prevent sticking.

Roll dough into a thin layer, usually about two square feet or more. Spread melted butter on top of dough. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top, be generous, cover all top surface. Roll up dough (coil) along one edge. Use scissors to cut dough into 1″ thick (to taste) rolls.

Place rolls in buttered baking pan, leave space for rising. Some people like to add extra butter on top of rolls.

Cover with cloth and allow dough to rise, 20-30 min or to taste.

After dough has risen, bake in medium oven, 350 degrees 20-25 min. Check often, remove from oven when browned.

Cool 10 min, no more. Remove from pan while warm. Usually rolls come out in-mass and can be pulled apart easily.