While there are several recipes for Nana's cinnamon rolls, one from the Food Network is standard. This recipe takes 30 minutes of preparation and yields eight cinnamon rolls.
Use nonstick spray to coat a large mixing bowl. Dissolve 2 packages dry yeast in 1/2 cup warm water, letting the liquid stand for five minutes.
Beat together 4 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons salt. Use a whisk to add the egg mixture into the yeast water. Slowly add 1 cup flour, mixing until the mixture is smooth. Add in 1/2 cup melted butter, and then gradually add 4 cups flour, kneading until a stiff dough results.
Place the dough into an greased mixing bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and place it in a warm area. Let the dough rise for one hour or until it doubles in size.
Sprinkle flour onto a cutting board, punch down the risen dough and roll it out to form a rectangle. Spread 1 stick of melted butter on top of the dough. Cover the butter in 3/4 cups brown sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup raisins. Roll the dough into a large cylinder, and then cut the cylinder into eight equal pieces. Place the rolls in a greased pan, and set them aside until the rolls double in size.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Allow to cool, and then drizzle with a glaze made of 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.