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Heart Rolls

Contest Photo by: GourmetMom
Hummelstown, PA
Category: Sweet Treats

Description

Nothing says lovin' like warm cinnamon rolls from the oven! How about some luscious easy-as-pie heart-shaped cinnamon rolls for your sweetie this Valentines Day? Yum! You can use any cinnamon roll recipe you want--you can even grab a loaf of frozen bread dough if you really want to make it easy.

Ingredients

Roll Ingredients:
2 cups unsifted unbleached floured
¼ c sugar
1 Tbs salt
2 packages of active dry yeast
In sauce pan heat up (until just warm, not boiling):
2 ¼ c. milk
¼ c. cooking oil
cinnamon
Butter
Brown Sugar
Icing Ingredients:
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk

How to Make

  • Heat up milk and cooking oil until warm (not boiling). Mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 egg to flour mixture along with warmed liquid from sauce pan.
    Beat it for 30 sec. on low speed, followed by 3 minutes on medium speed.
    By hand, gradually stir in 4-5 cups of flour to make a soft dough.
    Kneed it on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 1 minute.
    After kneeding let it rise covered in a warm place until doubled (45-60 minutes).
    Punch down dough. Separate dough into two equal portions. Roll out to form two large squares (about 9 x 11 inches). Spread ¼ c. melted butter on top of dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar to hearts desire (be generous with cinnamon and sugar). Starting at each long end, roll the dough tightly in a roll toward the center. Pinch the seam shut.
    Slice rolls with dental floss about 1 ½ inches thick. Pinch bottom to form heart shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Cover and let rise for another 45-60 minutes.
    Bake for 13-18 minutes at 350 degrees. Frost with your favorite icing tinted with just a drop of red food coloring.

  • Icing Directions:
    In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

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