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Messy Cinnamon rolls

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

I love cinnamon rolls! Who doesn’t love them?

Their aroma and shape remind me of a Venezuelan food called “golfeados”, that are basically the Venezuelan version of cinnamon rolls, delicious in their own way. But because I didn’t have all the ingredients to make those, I decided to make more classic cinnamon rolls!

This recipe is from one of a cook and author who inspires me to be a better cook, create new recipes and to fearlessly bake more delicious things: Lovina Eicher.

My version is a little bit messier than hers, but they still are very good. I hope you enjoy them.

Messy Cinnamon rolls

(This recipe makes about 25-30 tiny roles, or 12 the giant size)


2 1/4 cups hot water

4 1/2 teaspoon of active yeast (2 packets)

3 Tablespoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

3 Tablespoon of butter

5 1/2 to 6 cups of all purpose flour (if possible bakers flour)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar (tightly squeezed into the cup)

4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.


Glass 2 cups of sugar

3 Tablespoon of milk

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1. In a large dish add warm water and yeast. Do not move it, just leave it for a minute to soak.

2. After the minute, slowly add the sugar, salt, butter and flour, and beat until well combined. Continue beating for a few more minutes.

3. Spread a little flour on a flat surface (table) and roll out the dough in a rectangle less than ¾ inch thick (about ½ cm).

4. Spread the melted butter all over the rectangle of dough and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon.

5. Start rolling from one of the long sides, little by little. Don't squeeze it, rather keep it loose.

6. Once you have it rolled, like a log, cut the roll into pieces about 1 inch wide (about 3 cms).

7. On a greased baking sheet, place each of the pieces next to each other.

8. Cover with a kitchen cloth and let them rest in a dark place with no airflow for 45 minutes, until they double in size.

9. Prepare your oven to 375° F (190° C) and insert the tray of rolls. Bake for 20 minutes. (They may be ready a few minutes before, depending on oven).

10. While they are baking prepare the glaze: mix, in a bowl, sugar, milk, melted butter and vanilla in a container. If it is too thick, add a few more drops of milk.

11. Once the rolls are baked, remove them from the oven and spread the icing on while they’re fresh and hot.

And Voila!

Try this recipe and share your experience with me using #johastable!

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