A Flavor That Makes The Heart Grow Fonder Year-Round

Valentine_recipeIf love had to be summed up in a flavor, these cinnamon hearts would say it all. These mouthwatering treats melt into a com-forting sweetness, making them a heartfelt gift for those in love.
For a gift straight from the heart, nothing quite says “love” the way that dessert does. To deliver an endearing message to friends or family celebrating an engagement, bridal shower, or wedding-related activity, you may want to whip up some scrumptious cinnamon hearts. These treats are so easy to prepare, children can help, making these “sweet nothings” a gift from the whole family.

 

Cinnamon Hearts
Makes 16 rolls

Dough :
4-1⁄2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
1 ⁄2 cup sugar
2 envelopes Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast
1teaspoon salt
1 ⁄2 cup water
1 ⁄2 cup milk
1 ⁄2 cup butter or margarine
2 large eggs
Cinnamon Filling:
1 ⁄4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 ⁄4 cup sugar
1-1⁄2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1cup finely chopped dates or raisins
Powdered Sugar Glaze:
1cup powdered sugar, sifted
1to 2 tablespoons milk
1 ⁄2teaspoon vanilla extract

 

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat water, milk, and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Divide dough into 2 equal pieces; roll each to 12- x 10-inch rectangle. Brush with butter, sprinkle evenly with sugar, cinnamon, and dates. Roll up tightly from long ends as for jelly roll; pinch seams to seal. Mark each roll into 16 equal pieces. Starting with first mark, slice every other mark 3⁄4 of the way through dough. Slice remaining marks all the way through dough to make 8 rolls from each piece of dough. Spread apart the two halves of each roll like a fan. Gently flatten with hand; shape to resemble hearts. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover, let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire rack. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Glaze.
Powdered Sugar Glaze: In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Stir un-til smooth.

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