I don't know where my mom first got the recipe, but she perfected the art of making them! They are better than Cinnabon and yes they use instant potatoes. I have not been able to recreate them quite as perfectly as my mom did, but they still taste good. They just don't look anywhere near as yummy!
When Felicity was born, my friend Ann and I made these with my mom (who at the time was suffering the ill effects of cancer.) She has since passed on, but I have that great memory of her teaching Ann and I together how to make them! So, to let others enjoy my moms wonderful master piece, I share here, the World's Best Cinnamon Rolls, AKA: Jaidi's Moms Cinnamon Rolls! :)
Hope you all enjoy!
World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls
2 cups thick instant potatoes (prepared per box directions)
2 cups scalded milk, cooled
1 cup sugar
½ cup shortening
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. yeast in ½ cup warm water
flour to make soft but not sticky dough (about 9 2/3 cup)
Mix all ingredients. Knead for 10 minutes. Let rise to double. Punch down and let rest for 5 minutes. Make into rolls or cinnamon rolls. Let rise until double and bake.
For cinnamon rolls: roll ½ of the dough into rectangle. Spread with butter then sprinkle with sugar and a lot of cinnamon sugar. Roll tight. Cut into ½ inch slices using dental floss (it’s the best I swear). Put into baking pan and let rise until double, then bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes.
For orange rolls: roll ½ of the dough into rectangle. Mix orange peel shavings, butter and sugar together and spread over dough.
Cream cheese frosting or Orange Glaze for topping.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Mix 1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 2 Tbsp. butter, and enough powdered sugar to frosting consistency.
Mix orange juice with powdered sugar to frosting consistency.