Anyway, I changed around some things. First thing was that I measured the water and liquid measured the shortening. In case you didn't take home ec with a great lady like I did and learned this method. I put 1 cup of water which is what the recipe calls for and then I added shortening until the measuring cup said 1 1/2 for the extra 1/2 of shortening. The final product looks like this:
Then, I added everything to the bread maker and made sure it was mixing together and scrapped down the sides for any built up flour after it was mixed together.
I added a little water because it looked too hard and then it mixed together and looked much better.
The great news is that they turned out great!!! They rose a ton and cooked up beautifully. A little swishy in the center so we ate around the outside and cooked the inside ones a little more. A yummy start to the day!! They aren't that hard if you plan ahead and don't start at 1:30 in the morning. I might have to make them again soon :)
Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup water
1/2 c melted shortening
1 beaten egg
3/4 tsp salt
3 3/4 cup flour
6 tbsp sugar
1 package Rapid Rise Yeast
Add to the bread machine in the order listed (or as recommended by your bread maker manual) and set to dough cycle. Check after incorporated and make sure that it is a soft ball. If not, add water by tbsp to bread and wait until it is incorporated.
When the dough has risen, roll out into a rectangle. Top with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar. Roll up and cut into rolls. Line pan with butter and brown sugar. Place cut rolls vertically in the pan (yup- direct quote from the recipe card). Cover with plastic and damp towel (I didn't use plastic wrap). Refrigerate (I didn't because I only had a few hours until they were going to be baked). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
I also make a cream cheese frosting ahead of time and put it in the freezer. This is great because you can put on as little or as much as you want. I have been using the Philly Cooking Cream which is great and I got it for free with coupons and put it in the freezer until I was ready to use them. It makes a glaze instead of thick frosting so it soaks into rolls. I put the whole container of Philly Cooking Cream in the mixing bowl and I add some butter/margarine and tons of powdered sugar. I mix it and add stuff until it looks good. I don't really think that it can be messed up so I just make it up each time. Tasting while cooking is both yummy and necessary :)