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Monday, July 6, 2009

Cinnamon Balls

Cinnamon Balls are a cross between monkey bread and cinnamon rolls. They taste just like cinnamon rolls, but are several steps (and a ton of time) easier! The recipe for the dough is the same as my Yeast Rolls, but with a tad more sugar. The topping is a simple icing, not the super-sugary goo that often goes with monkey bread.

1 C hot water
1/4 C margarine
1/4 C sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 C cold water
1 package instant dry yeast
2 3/4 C flour
1 egg
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 C sugar
3 Tbsp butter (melted)
1 Tbsp milk
1 - 1 1/2 C powdered sugar

1. Melt margarine in hot water.
2. Add sugar and salt. Stir.
3. Add cold water and yeast to water. Stir.
4. Add 1 1/2 C flour. Mix.
5. Add egg and 1 - 1 1/2 C more flour.
6. Knead dough.
7. Cover dough and let rise until it doubles in size.
8. Combine cinnamon and sugar.
9. Make walnut size balls of dough.
10. Roll balls in cinnamon sugar mixture.
11. Place balls in a greased 9"x9" pan (stack as necessary).
12. Allow to rise 20-30 minutes in warm place.
13. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 45-45 minutes.
14. Make icing by combining final three ingredients.
15. Pour icing overtop warm cinnamon balls.

Serves 5-6.

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