you still have time to do this before the holidays. they are not too hard and very, very tasty on a rushed holiday morning.
1 c milk (warmed a bit)
1/4 c warm water
1 t vanilla
1/2 c butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 t salt
1/2 c sugar
5 c flour
4 t yeast
mix everything above with a mixer or by hand for about 10 minutes. if you mix by hand, it will be sticky - be careful not to add to much extra flour, just knead, knead, knead and it will be beautiful.
let the dough rest covered for 10 minutes.
roll out into a long rectangle - about 15X24
rub 1/2 cup of softened butter all over the dough, leaving a unbuttered edge along the long side.
sprinkle with filling.
1 c packed brown sugar
4 T cinnamon
up to a cup of chopped pecans
(there is so much possibility in the filling - you can alter the spices, add all sorts of dried fruits, or different nuts - go crazy).
roll up long ways. cut 12 - 15 rolls using the dental floss trick.
put into a 9X13 buttered pan and press down. cover with saran wrap and refrigerate until morning.
in the morning
put into a cold oven and set to 350 (take off the saran). cook for 35 minutes.
make some frosting if you want
i just beat up:
1/2 block of cream cheese
1 few T of butter
about a cup of powdered sugar
* i got this recipe in an exchange i participated in several years ago from kristin. we have made them for the last 3 or 4 Christmases and love them. they are highly anticipated!