Mary Wheeler’s Cinnamon Rolls

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The Mary Wheeler Family “oh so good”
Make Your Family Smile Cinnamon Rolls

Hot and doughy…sweet, and crunchy …perfect combinations to warm your tummy and put that
smile on your face.  Thank you Grandma Doris for your holiday favorite.




Makes 2 dozen


1          package active dry yeast or 1 cake compressed yeast

¼         cup lukewarm water

½         cup hot mashed potatoes

¼         cup solid shortening

¼         cup granulated sugar

1½       teaspoons salt

1          cup milk, scalded

1          egg

4          or more cups all-purpose flour, sifted

3          tablespoons butter or margarine, room temperature

1½       cups dark brown sugar

1½       cups pecans, minced


            nutmeg, optional

            powdered sugar icing with ⅛teaspoon ground cinnamon added

Soften active dry yeast in warm water, or compressed yeast in lukewarm water.  Combine potatoes, shortening, sugar, salt and hot milk.  Add ½ cup flour and mix well.  Add softened yeast and egg.  Stir in 2 cups of the flour; beat well.  Stir in remaining flour (or enough to make soft dough).  Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.

Place in lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.  Cover, let double (about 1-1½  hour) in a warm place.  After doubling, remove from bowl and punch air from dough with your fists.    Shape dough in a ball.  Cover again and let rest 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out rested dough with a floured rolling pin to about a ¼-inch thick.  Spread very soft butter (margarine to be healthier) on top of dough then layer brown sugar and pecans then sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top.

Roll up dough to form a log and slice about 1-inch thick. Lay on greased cookie sheet. Let rise until almost double (about 1 hour).  Bake 12 to 14 minutes.

Ice pastry with powdered sugar icing with 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon added to make them taste like Cinnabons®.

If you don’t have time or interest in making your dough from scratch I suggest you buy a roll of frozen yeast bread, defrost and use it in place of the scratch dough.

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