Add dry ingredients to a 12 to 14 cup food processor bowl. If you need a primer, read How to Use Measuring Spoons and Cups. (i) If you don’t have a food processor, you can make the dough by hand. See How to Knead Dough
Pulse to mix.
Add soft butter to dry ingredients. Pulse to mix. (i) If you’re ever in a pinch, you can make your own butter from cream.
Heat water until it reaches 110 °F (43 °C) for regular yeast or 120 degrees for instant yeast. To understand why the water needs to be this temperature, read How to Work With Yeast in Bread Making.
Turn the food processor on and add water until a soft dough forms.
Knead by pulsing the dough until a soft dough forms. To prevent overheating the dough, stop the processor, let rest a minute or so, then pulse again until the dough is smooth.
Spray a large mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
Add dough to prepared bowl.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise about 30 minutes or until doubled.
Roll out dough into a rectangle.
Spread soft butter onto dough and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Roll up dough so that it looks like a jelly roll.
Cut dough into 3/4-inch slices. There should be about 15 rolls.
Place rolls onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
Cover dough lightly with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Turn oven to 425 °F (218 °C) to preheat. (i) If you have an old oven, you might benefit from reading How to Cook Food in a Bad Oven.
Remove plastic wrap from the risen rolls.
Beat the egg in a small bowl.Brush beaten egg over cinnamon rolls.
Sprinkle pearl sugar or crushed sugar cubes over cinnamon rolls.