Val’s Famous Firehouse Cinnamon/Orange Rolls

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 2,150
Yield: 4-5 dozen
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Dough :
4 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
4 eggs

Cinnamon Filling:
1 stick butter or margarine
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
nuts and raisins (optional)

Or Orange Filling:
1 stick butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
grated rind of 1 orange
nuts and raisins (optional)

Vanilla or Orange Frosting:
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla or grated orange rind
milk for smooth consistency


For Dough:
Scald or scold milk (I stand over it and call it bad names). Add sugar and shortening, and continue heating until shortening is melted. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, mix flour, instant yeast and salt. Pour hot milk mixture in with dry ingredients. Mix well. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each.* Allow dough to rise to double. Punch down. Let rise again. On floured counter top, roll dough to oblong strip (approximately 12–14 inches wide, 3 feet long, and 1/2-inch thick).

For Cinnamon or Orange Filling:
Melt butter or margarine. Pour evenly over Dough. Mix dry ingredients of preferred filling together. Sprinkle over buttered Dough. Roll Dough, and slice to 1-inch-thick slabs. Place on baking pan, and let rise until double in size. Bake 350° for 20–30 minutes, depending on the elevation, humidity, and how hungry the guys are!

For Vanilla or Orange Frosting:
Blend sugar, butter, and vanilla or orange rind together. Add enough milk to give a smooth consistency. Spread mixture over hot rolls. I stick my CLEAN hand into the frosting, and spread it evenly over the rolls while still hot from the oven.

*If needed, add additional flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is “sticky”—NOT dry or stiff (4–6 cups will be sufficient). Be careful not to add too much flour (10 cups is too much).

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 2,150
Calories from Fat: 617

This Val’s Famous Firehouse Cinnamon/Orange Rolls recipe is from the Recipe Hall of Fame Guilty Pleasures Cookbook Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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