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Mary Mac's Cinnamon Rolls

Copycat Mary Mac's Cinnamon Rolls

Mary Mac's Cinnamon Rolls are one of so many delicious dishes at Mary Mac's Tea Room in Atlanta. These are small and a little heavier than most cinnamon rolls and they are served with a very simple cinnamon sugar mixture.
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Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, breakfast
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 387 kcal


Yeast Dough


  • 12 tbsp salted butter softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Lightly oil a large bowl and set aside
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • You'll need 2 other bowls for the dough - one from your stand mixer and a separate bowl.
  • In the separate bowl, combine the yeast, 1/2 tsp sugar and the warm water and let stand for 5 minutes or until it bubbles.
  • With the dough hook on your stand mixer, in the mixer bowl on low speed - mix together flour, 1 tbsp sugar, salt, egg, shortening and evaporated milk
  • Add yeast mixture to the flour mixture and continue to mix for five minutes. This is going to ball up and seem like it's too much. KEEP GOING!!! It needs the full time to get the glutens going.
  • The dough will be shiny, smooth and sticky. Remove dough and put in oiled bowl.
  • Cover with damn kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in warm place. Turn off oven and set bowl ON TOP of oven. Let rise for 90 min or until doubled.
  • Punch the dough down, cover and let rise again for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Punch dough down once more and pat the dough into a 12x8 rectangle. It's smaller than you might think - slightly larger than a sheet of paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 400. Grease a small baking sheet with butter and set aside.
  • To make the filling, in a small bowl, mix together softened butter, sugar and cinnamon until smooth with a firm spatula.
  • Reserve 2-4 tablespoons in a separate bowl
  • Using a spatula, spread the remaining filling over the surface of the dough to the edges
  • Working from the short side, roll up the dough into a log
  • Cut the roll into 1 inch pieces and place on the baking sheet with the sides touching.
  • Spread the reserved filling over the top
  • Let the rolls rise for about 20 minutes in a warm place (on top of stove)
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.


Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 50.2gProtein: 6gFat: 18.6gSaturated Fat: 9.6gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 295mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 18gCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg
Keyword breakfast, cinnamon rolls, copycat
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