Over the years, I've had many disappointments trying to re-create Grannie's cinnamon rolls. I can't tell you how many different recipes I've tried. "So," you ask, "why didn't you just use her recipe?" Because I never saw Grannie use a recipe. While I'm sure she owned measuring cups, they didn't get used much. She poured ingredients into a bowl without seeming to even think about what she was doing and they turned out perfectly every time. She just knew the recipe. I didn't. And I didn't think a written recipe existed. But I was wrong.
Grannie's cinnamon rolls came up while talking to my mom one day. I was lamenting about my failures and the lack of a written recipe. I nearly fell out of my chair when she said she had it. Could it be? When she sent it to me and I looked at it, I had some doubts. Her report on her experience with the recipe was that it seemed like she needed a lot more flour than what the recipe called for and the baking time may have been too long. Things to consider.