These are A M A Z I N G! If you have never had a fresh home made cinnamon roll, you are missing out.
I have to say that they will disappear really fast. They are not hard to make at all. The hardest part is waiting for the dough to rise, but we all have a lot of time on our hands these days.
1 packet of quick yeast
1/2 cup 100 degree water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter flavored shortening
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter
1-1.5 cup powdered sugar
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. The water temperature is so very critical for this to work. Check the temperature with a thermometer.
In a large bowl, melt the shortening and the milk in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Mix in the sugar, egg, and salt. Stir until combined.
Add the flour and mix well. Pour in the yeast. Mix with hands until fully combined. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place for 60-90 minutes. The dough should double in size. You can use the bread proof setting on your oven. The warm place should be about 80-100 degrees.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Punch the dough down and move it to a flowered surface. Roll it out into a rectangle that is roughly 9×13 or the size of a tea towel. Pour the melted butter on the top. Combine the cinnamon and sugar and place this on top as well. Sprinkle the pecans.
Roll the dough starting the from the long side. Use a sharp knife to slice it into 1-2 inch circles. Lay these slices in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. As they continue to rise you will want the edges to touch. Let them rise for another 30 minutes. Bake them for 30 minutes.
For the glaze, melt the cream cheese and butter for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir to fully combine. Add in the vanilla. Mix in the powdered sugar. Pour this over the warm rolls.