Ree's Holiday Cinnamon Rolls

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  • Dough
    1 quart whole milk
    1 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup sugar
    2 packages active dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
    9 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
    1 scant teaspoon baking soda
    1 tablespoon salt

    2 cups melted butter, plus more as needed
    1/4 cup ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
    2 cups sugar, plus more as needed

    Maple Icing
    2 pounds powdered sugar
    1/2 cup whole milk
    6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
    1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee
    Dash of salt
    1 tablespoon maple flavoring or maple extract


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  • Cinnamon Rolls
    1. Heat milk, vegetable oil, and sugar to almost a boil. Add active yeast and let sit for a few minutes. Stir in flour and let sit in a warm place for 1 hour.

    2. Let the dough rise and then add 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. You can use it now or refrigerate it.

    3. Roll out dough and smear melted butter on top. Add sugar and cinnamon and roll tight. Slice 1/2 inch width rolls and cover for about 20 minutes. Bake.

    4. Mix together powdered sugar, milk, melted butter, salt, strong coffee, and a little bit of maple extract.

    5. Ice the rolls immediately when they come out of the oven. The frosting will settle in all the cracks.