Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls- Our Family Tradition


Our family has a number of traditions around the holidays, but my absolute favorite is our homemade cinnamon rolls. I remember making these when I was little with my mom, and now we enjoy making them with my nephews. Hopefully you and your family will get just as much joy out of this recipe as we do. Sometimes I wonder if it’s just the memories that make me enjoy these tasty treats so much, but then when we bake and share them with others and get the same “OMG these are soooooo F****** good” response I know it’s both the tradition and the cinnamon rolls.





Cinnamon Rolls
Serves 18
Our sweetest family tradition
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  1. Dough
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2/3 cup Crisco
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  6. 2 Yeast Packages
  7. 8 cups of flour
  8. Bake
  9. 3 cups Sugar
  10. 1 stick Butter
  11. 1 cup Crisco
  12. 3/4 cup Cinnamon
  13. 1-2 cups chopped Pecans
  1. Dough Directions-You can use a stand or hand mixer.
  2. Add 2 yeast packages to 1/2 cup of luke warm water until dissolved and set aside.
  3. Boil 1 cup of water. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over Crisco until melted.
  4. Add 1 cup of cold water. Mix.
  5. Add 2 beaten eggs, sugar, and salt. Mix.
  6. Add yeast water. Mix.
  7. Add 8 cups of flour and mix until well blended. Knead on floured surface.
  8. Grease a bowl and the dough with Crisco. Place dough inside the bowl. Cover with a towel and let stand in Refrigerator for 2 days.
  9. Baking Directions
  10. Roll dough out on floured surface.
  11. Mix butter and Crisco and grease the dough and pans
  12. Mix cinnamon and 2 cups sugar and spread HEAVY onto the dough. With the remainder sprinkle in pans. You may also sprinkle chopped pecans on the bottom of pans if you wish.
  13. Roll up in jelly roll. Cut into 1 inch circles and dip in sugar 1 cup of sugar.
  14. Place rolls lightly touching in pans.
  15. Warm oven to 250 degrees. Raise for 2.5 hours covered with towel in oven.
  16. Take the rolls out and remove towel. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes
  1. Sugar and cinnamon can be added to your liking. We use a Kitchen Aid mixer and four nephews to knead the dough. We also use the 13x9 baking pans for the rolls.
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Our families sweetest holiday tradition is our homemade cinnamon rolls. Take a trip down memory lane with our family and try this recipe with your own! Matching PJs from Old Navy, check out more of our traditions at www.soshalclub.comWe will be decked out in our Christmas PJs, the more obnoxious the better in our family, singing Christmas songs and sipping champagne or whatever holiday beverage I come up with on Christmas Eve. We theme a dinner and everyone brings a dish to pass, this year we are going with Italian. After dinner we start baking the rolls, and get my nephew ready for bed. We read them “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and promise to be down in the basement for the worlds biggest slumber party as soon as we are done. We finish the rolls, and wrap presents like you’ve never seen before, and typically tuck ourselves in, sometime in the middle of the night! We start with stockings Christmas morning, and after the stockings we warm up the rolls and enjoy them as a family.


The cinnamon rolls are a little bit of work, but they are definitely worth it. I struggle in the baking department and typically I enjoy cooking more. I am hoping my new Kitchen Aid I received as a gift from our wedding will make it easier and inspire me to try more new things. I have had it for six months and thus far have been cranking out homemade pasta more than cookies, but to be honest that’s why I wanted it in the first place. Secondly, I wanted to make one of my favorite holiday traditions on my own this year, and I cannot wait for you to try our family’s cinnamon roll recipe. Please share photos and your experience if you try them this year by using #SOShalites or commenting below. Happy Holidays!