Gooey Rolls

For anyone that is looking for a ‘socially acceptable’ breakfast that is essentially just sugar, covered in sugar, with a little extra sugar, then look no further than some delicious Gooey Rolls. People who have eaten monkey bread or cinnamon rolls can probably picture what this is. Basically, Gooey Rolls are just a sweet bread covered in sugar and cinnamon (possibly with pecans added in to pretend they are a little bit healthier). Whether or not they are being made just for a sugary breakfast or perhaps to fill a craving; either way they are sure to be delicious (assuming the recipe is followed correctly).

1 pkg dry yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
¼ cup warm water
1 Tbsp salt
¼ sugar
2 cups hot water
1/3 cup lard
1 egg, slightly beaten
6 cups flour


¾ cup butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
3 Tbsp half and half
1 ½ cups chopped pecans


½ cup butter, melted
½ cup sugar
¼ cup cinnamon

Makes 24 rolls.

Dissolve yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar in ¼ cup warm water and let stand for 5 minutes. Dissolve salt and ¼ cup sugar in 2 cups hot water. Add lard and beat until smooth. Add egg, 2 cups flour and yeast mixture to lard mixture. And beat until smooth. Add 2 more cups of flour and beat again. Add remaining 2 cups of flour, working dough until all flour is moistened. Place dough in greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in refrigerator overnight

In large saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar and half and half; bring sauce to a simmer. Pour sauce into 2-9×12-inch pans and sprinkle with nuts. Remove dough from refrigerator and divide into 2 parts. Roll each part into a long rectangle about 12×18 inches. Spread with melted butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over dough. Roll up dough from the long side like a jellyroll. Slice into 1-inch slices. Place on end in prepared pans, cover and let rise until double in bulk, about 1 hour. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto cookie sheet. Cool.

(OR let rise until double in bulk. Make rolls and let rise in refrigerator overnight then bake.)

Warning: These will be consumed almost immediately. For people who don’t want to share: hide Gooey Rolls as soon as they leave the oven! But most importantly, ENJOY!

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