2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
5 teaspoons milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Cut in 4 tablespoons of the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 8 to 10 times. Roll into an 11-in. x 8-in. rectangle about 1/2 in. thick. Melt remaining butter; brush 1 tablespoon over dough. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with long edge. Cut into 12 equal slices. Place with cut side down in a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Brush with remaining butter. Bake at 450 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes. Combine glaze ingredients; spread over warm biscuits. Serve immediately.
Some references to Cinnamon Roll biscuits in old cookbooks.
CINNAMON ROLLS Make a nice light biscuit dough either as for raised biscuit or as baking powder or cream biscuit Roll the crust quite thin spread with a little melted butter scatter over powdered sugar dredge over powdered cinnamon cut into cakes or biscuits roll over and if made of yeast let them raise a while and then bake
BAKING POWDER BISCUIT Mrs Newton Marsh Sift one quart of flour mix into it thoroughly one tablespoonful of baking powder and a little salt then mix into these three tablespoonfuls of lard put in cold water enough to mix them up soft roll and cut out quite thick and bake in a very quick oven
The Home Cook Book 1876
Cinnamon Rolls - Mix a rich baking powder biscuit dough to which has been added one-half cup of sugar and one-half teaspoon of cinnamon to each pint of flour. Roll out as nearly square as possible, spread lightly with softened butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixed. Beginning at one end, roll closely and carefully. With a sharp knife cut off half-inch sections and lay them in greased baking pans about two inches apart. Bake quickly.
1908 Good housekeeping
CINNAMON ROLLS. - Make a rich biscuit dough, using baking powder and sweet milk. Roll out into a sheet one-fourth inch thick and cut into strips two and one-half inches wide. Rub two cupfuls of brown sugar and one-half cupful butter to a cream, add to it enough ground cinnamon to give the desired flavor, rub well together and spread upon the strips of dough. Cut in sections, sprinkle with raisins or currants, roll up, place in pans and bake in a rather hot oven. When partly baked, brush with sugar and butter.
BAKING POWDER BISCUIT. - One pint of flour, sifted twice, one tablespoonful of butter, one tablespoonful of lard, three-quarters teaspoonful of salt, two teaspoonfuls of baking powder, about three-quarters cupful sweet milk. Do not roll heavily. Simply press it out a little with the hand. Do not handle it any more than necessary. Cut into biscuit shape. Let stand a few minutes, and then bake 18 minutes in a rather quick oven.
1903 Just for two: a collection of recipes designed for two persons
CINNAMON ROLLS. - Rub two tablespoons butter into pint flour. Beat one egg and add to it two-thirds of a cup of milk, teaspoon baking powder, one-half teaspoon salt. Mix all together and roll into a thin sheet. Spread lightly with butter, dust over four tablespoons sugar and little cinnamon. Cut into biscuits and bake thirty minutes. Serve warm. Mrs. F.
1896 Three Rivers cook book: with supplement
Cinnamon Biscuits. - Rub four ounces of butter into one pound of flour. Add half a pound of pounded loaf-sugar, one ounce of ground cinnamon, and half an ounce of volatile. Moisten with water into a soft dough ; roll out pretty thin, and cut to taste with fancy cutters. Glaze on the top with coarse melted sugar.
1862 The practice of cookery and pastry
Cinnamon Biscuit.--Grind in a clean mortar a quarter of a pound of sweet almonds, blanched; to which add, gradually, the whites of three eggs, and then three-quarters of a pound of the best pulverized loaf sugar, and two ounces of ground cinnamon ; form into a paste, which should be laid out on greased tins, in diamond or other shapes; ice with cold water, to produce a gloss, and bak4s, and bake.
1844 The complete confectioner, pastry-cook, and baker: plain and practical