Basic Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

vegan cinnamon rolls

vegan cinnamon rolls

I really hesitated to call these “basic” vegan cinnamon rolls. But I guess if you are looking for that classic cinnamon roll flavor in a vegan dish – here it is. Gooey cream cheese frosting, accented with orange. Sticky brown sugar and cinnamon filling – studded with a few optional raisins. Buttery moist roll that is soft and melty on the inside – toasty and browned on the puffy edges. Make cinnamon rolls this week – and this time , try them vegan!..

cinnamon rolls with orange frosting

cinnamon rolls with orange frosting

Cinnamon Rolls, Orange Frosting
vegan, makes 7-8 rolls

Dough:
3 1/2 – 4 cups white flour (or use your favorite flour)
1 Tbsp baking powder
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick vegan butter, melted (8 tablespoons)
1 cup soy or almond milk
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon or orange or tangerine juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
plenty of flour for kneading/surface

Filling:
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp vegan butter, melted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
a few drops of vanilla extract
2 Tbsp organic raisins, optional

Topping:
3 Tbsp vegan butter, melted
3 Tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine dry ingredients from dough. Add in wet liquid and work into a ball. Knead until a dough ball forms. Add a splash more soy milk or a few dashes more flour to even the consistency out if needed. Dough should be soft – not tough – yet thick enough to roll out into a one inch thick piece.
3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a loose rectangle shape. About 3/4″ – 1″ thick.
4. Brush or drizzle the melted butter over top dough. And a few drops of vanilla.
5. Over top the vegan butter layer, sprinkle the cinnamon – generously. Add raisins.
6. Evenly distribute brown sugar over top!
7. Carefully roll your dough up from one end until a tight spiral inside a long tube is reached.
8. Slice your rolls. About 1 1/2″ thick.
9. Tightly place the rounds in a vegan butter greased dish – I used a 9″ round baking dish.
10. Add the topping layer over top the rolls.
11. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
Cool a few minutes and serve warm with orange cream frosting over top (recipe below)

Orange Cream Frosting
8 ounce vegan cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup orange juice (fresh)
1/2 tsp orange zest
1 dash cayenne
1-2 Tbsp vegan butter, softened
Blend with hand mixer. Chill until ready to serve.

And if you want a twist on cinnamon rolls, try my vegan Coffee Cake Cinnamon Rolls – with walnut filling.

cinnamon rolls with frosting

warm cinnamon rolls with frosting

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