My husband loves red velvet. And he loves cinnamon rolls. So when I saw a picture of Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls online, I thought it was an amazing idea. However, the recipe that accompanied the picture was horrible. But never fear, I have the best cinnamon roll recipe in the world (And you don’t even want to know how many batches of rolls I made before I got this perfect). So, with a little tweaking, I developed these Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls.
Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls
- 1/4 C. warm water ~110°
- 1 Tbsp. yeast
- 1 C. milk room temperature
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1/4 C. unsalted butter softened
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 4-5 C. flour
- 1.5 oz. instant vanilla pudding
- 1/2 box red velvet cake mix
- 3/4 stick unsalted butter softened
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 C. brown sugar
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1/4 C. butter softened
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 Tbsp. milk
- 1 & 1/2 C. powdered sugar
Mise en place. Proof the yeast in water in small bowl.
In stand mixer, mix milk, egg, butter, sugar, 4 cups of flour, pudding, and cake mix until well-mixed. Add yeast and mix until well-mixed and dough pliable. Add extra cup of flour if needed. The dough is going to be a little softer/cakier than regular cinnamon rolls. Don’t “over-flour”!
On a floured surface, roll the dough out into 18” by 30” rectangle. Spread the softened butter over the dough. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together; then sprinkle over dough, making sure to get up to the edges.
Roll up starting at the long edge. Since the dough is a little “cakier” than normal rolls, might have to use a scraper if dough sticks. Cut into 12 rolls.
Place rolls in greased 9” x 13” baking pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 to 1 & 1/2 hrs. They won't rise as much as normal rolls…they will rise more as they bake.
Bake at 350° for 15-20 min. or until toothpick comes out clean.
For frosting, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and milk. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon, and whip until smooth. Spread on warm rolls and serve immediately.
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