Grandmother Hofman’s Cinnamon Rolls

September 6, 2010


My grandmothers were both great cooks – visiting them in the summers guaranteed good eats. You’ve heard about Grandma Norie’s barbeque? Well, my dad’s mom made a wicked cinnamon roll. ‘Coffee Cake Rolls’ is their official name, but they’re really just a fantastic cinnamon roll.

The key is time and love. Love takes the form of muscle power in this recipe. My sister, Keren, made a batch when we were in Colorado, and they were fabulous. Here’s the recipe in photo form – I’m too lazy to transcribe it:

I love that she made notes all over this. Apparently this was combined from several versions of the recipe – Grandmother told it/wrote it down differently each time.

Do you see that part at the end of the second paragraph? You stir this batter-like substance for upwards of seven minutes to get the right gluten-y consistency. Sure, you could assign your Kitchen-Aid this task, but Kitchen-Aids don’t add no love, people.

Here’s the second part:

Note: If you’re making these in my mom’s high-altitude oven, you’ll need to add another 5-7 minutes on the time.

I spent part of the weekend trying to put the photos of Keren’s Labor of Love in a movie. The photos aren’t out of order – she made two batches.

Thanks, Keren! Your love was delicious!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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7 Responses to “Grandmother Hofman’s Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Dang it. I’m at school and can’t watch the movie. We’re a YouTube-free zone.

    I love cinnamon rolls. I have them for dinner every once in a while.


  2. Deborah Said on:

    I made cinnamon rolls from scratch once in my life. And you were visiting us in Norfolk.


  3. Lauren's mom Said on:

    Great post, Lauren. Love the video!
    And the cinnamon rolls were every bit as delicious as Grandmother’s.


  4. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Keren, the baking pans are empty, and I’m waiting…….


  5. Rae Said on:

    Great… now my mouth is watering and there ain’t a decent cinnamon rolls for miles.


  6. bekahcubed Said on:

    Yummy. Those look delicious!


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