Special Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
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Special Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Reveals Brenda Deveau of Van Buren, Maine, "I found that adding instant pudding mix to my mom's delicious roll recipe really enhances the flavor."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 364 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein


  1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add next seven ingredients; mix well (do not knead). Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle; brush with butter. Combine filling ingredients; spread over dough. Roll up from long side; seal seam. Slice each roll into 12 rolls; place cut side down in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, 45 minutes.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over rolls. Cool in pans on wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Special Cinnamon Rolls in Taste of Home February/March 1996, p17

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Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"These rolls definitely are more than worthy of the time it takes to make. WONDERFUL!! Ought to be rated **10**, at least."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"just finished making these they came out wonderful easy recipe to follow the only thing i changed was i used cinnamon and sugar and canned apple pie filling for the filling make sur you spread the pie filling very thinly so the dough doesn't get gooey"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"These are super easy and very delicious. My daughter and I made them. We had a great time and everyone really liked them. The bread raises beautifully. They had a crisp crust on the outside and soft, melt-int-your mouth inside."

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"Instead of using raisins, next time I will use

dried cranberrys and dried cherries. My rolls really rose up high! Great!"

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"These were tasty! I cut up dried cherries and added them with the raisens. Great!"

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