I happened upon these whole wheat cinnamon rolls by accident. It was Easter morning and the family needed their cinnamon rolls, or rather, I needed to feel like a good mom and wife and needed to make cinnamon rolls to prove it. So I started making them and when I went to get my container of flour (I don’t set everything out at once, I just get out ingredients as I need them), to my amazement, there was no flour in it which reminded me that the reason there was no flour was because I forgot to get some from the store last time I was there. It is a very rare occasion that we are out of flour so I sat down and nearly cried. Until I remembered the whole wheat flour in the pantry. I proceeded to make them and just hoped that they would turn out good despite the lack of white flour and a recipe that was not meant for whole wheat. They turned out amazing.
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Roll Recipe
- 1/4 ounce package yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
- 1/2 cup warm water (~110 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 1/2 cup warm milk (~110 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp wheat gluten
- 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In another bowl or large Pyrex measuring cup, mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt, and egg. Add it to the yeast and water.
Mix in 2 cups of flour. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Continue kneading for 5-10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour to an hour and a half.
Once doubled in size, punch down and roll out into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 cup melted butter over the dough. Mix 3/4 cup brown sugar with 2 tablespoons cinnamon and sprinkle over the buttered dough. Begin at the 15-inch side, roll up dough, and cut into 12 equal slices.
Coat the bottom of the baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together and let rise until dough has doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
Meanwhile, mix 4 tablespoon butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of hot water to the mix at a time and mix well until the glaze has reached a desired consistency. Once the rolls have slightly cooled, spread over the rolls.