There are two basic forms of cinnamon rolls--light biscuit style, and chewy roll style. This recipe falls into the first category. It is really easy to make and does not require rising time, so you can have homemade cinnamon rolls rather quickly. Yum! My rating: 3.5 out of 5.
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
Knead dough for 3-5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
On a floured surface, roll dough out into a rectangle.
Put remaining 1/2 cup butter in the microwave and cook until very soft but not melted (stick it in the freezer for a minute if it gets melted). Spread butter over top of dough rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts.
Starting with one of the long sides of your rectangle, roll dough into a jelly roll. Be sure to tuck the dough tightly as you roll--don't leave it loose!
Use a piece of dental floss or string to cut the dough into 12 pieces. Wrap the floss around the dough roll, cross the ends of the floss over each other, and then pull the ends down and to the sides to cut through the dough.
Place six rolls in a greased 9x13 pan and cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining six rolls.
Stir together powdered sugar and milk with a fork. Spoon over the top of warm cinnamon rolls.