Homemade cinnamon rolls from a 100-year-old dude ranch in the Snowy Range… yum!

We discovered these amazing cinnamon rolls in the wilds of Wyoming. They are perfect for colder weather, early mornings and holiday occasions! After a day in the saddle, you need good eats and that’s exactly what we got at Medicine Bow Lodge, a 100-year-old dude ranch in the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. Right beside the start of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, at this ranch, which has been welcoming guests since 1917, owners Tim and Debbie Bishop serve up homemade, hearty fare.

On our visit to film for “Travels with Darley: Wyoming National Forests,” debuting in season three of our series on PBS, we rode along endless trails through beautiful forests and enjoyed time at the historic lodge, located alongside Barrett Creek, which runs into the North Platte River. Debbie agreed to let go of her recipe for one of our favorite ranch treats, cinnamon rolls, so we hope you enjoy them, too!

Ranch style cinnamon rolls!
Ranch style cinnamon rolls!
Cute ranch horses at this 100 year old dude ranch
Cute ranch horses at this 100 year old dude ranch

Ranch Style Cinnamon Rolls Recipe from Wyoming’s Medicine Bow Lodge

First make yeast bread.
1 cup hot water 106 Fahrenheit
1/3cup Sugar or ¼ cup honey
1 table spoon Yeast
½ cup Buttermilk
1 table spoon Cinnamon
¼ cup Brown Sugar
1/3 stick of melted Butter; plus 2 TBLS.
4 cups flour (+ -)

Step 1: Add water, Sugar, Buttermilk and Yeast in a large bowl.
Mix and let sit for about 5 min.
Add 3 cups flour and mix
Kneed and add additional flour as needed, dough should be firm but not stiff.
Let dough rise for 2 to 6 hours as needed, time depends on temp and elevation and humidity.
When dough has risen, roll out to a bout ¼ inch thick, try to get as square as possible.
Cover the dough with butter using hands.
Sprinkle cinnamon and Brown Sugar and spread evenly as possible.
Pour Butter over the top in a crisscross pattern as evenly as possible.
Roll up then cut roll into about 1” sections.
Place Sections on greased cookie sheet or 2 and bake in preheated oven for 17 min at 370 degrees

Icing
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
1 table spoon Orange Juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
About 4 table spoons of water

Mix Powdered sugar, orange juice, vanilla in a bowl and mix with a spoon, mix in water a little at a time, be careful not to get the icing to thin, then spread on rolls. Enjoy!

Tim and Debbie Bishop at family-run Medicine Bow Lodge
Tim and Debbie Bishop at family-run Medicine Bow Lodge
Inside the original lodge, which was built in the early 1900’s.
Inside the original lodge, which was built in the early 1900’s.

Watch “Travels with Darley Wyoming National Forests” on your local PBS TV station and Amazon Prime