Cinnamon Rolls need no introduction. These are ooey-gooey fluffy rolls of cinnamon sugar heaven–the very BEST and easiest homemade cinnamon rolls you’ll ever make.
One of life’s greatest joys is biting into a hot cinnamon roll fresh from the oven. The doughy buttery layers swirled with cinnamon filling, the sweet icing and the intoxicating aroma filling the kitchen is probably the closest we can get to experiencing heaven on earth.
But I also like cinnamon rolls. Just a little bit. Y’all remember this Cinnamon Roll Cake?
I’ve tried lots of cinnamon roll recipes over the years. From old family recipes to several of the hundreds (thousands?) circulating the Internet, I’ve given them all a shot on my quest to make the best ever cinnamon rolls.
I can say with confidence this is my very favorite homemade cinnamon roll recipe!
Pin this now to save for laterPin this recipe to your favorite Board
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
If you’ve been popping open cans to make cinnamon rolls at home, welcome to the first day of the rest of your cinnamon roll life.
Sure, refrigerated dough is convenient. There are times when, for whatever reason, we all must settle for canned rolls to get our cinnamon roll fix. It happens.
But here’s the honest-to-goodness truth: You simply cannot beat the taste of homemade cinnamon rolls made from scratch.
It takes just a bit more effort and and the results are undeniable. Sticky, sweet, ooey-gooey, irresistibly cinnamon-y rolls are worth the extra time and energy. You can even prep the dough in advance and be ready to bake a fresh pan of earth shatteringly good homemade cinnamon rolls first thing the the morning.
And of course, no cinnamon roll is complete without frosting. I love this cream cheese frosting on my rolls!
It has just a bit of extra cinnamon in it, along with nutmeg, to make these sweet rolls extra tempting.
Delicious homemade cinnamon rolls start by making a yeast dough that you let rise until doubled in size.
Use my hashtag #shugarysweetsFollow Shugary Sweets on Instagram
What kind of yeast do you use for cinnamon rolls?
For this recipe, you need active dry yeast. I buy mine in packets to make measuring easy (one batch of cinnamon rolls = one packet).
Along with the active dry yeast, here’s what else you need to make the dough for cinnamon rolls:
Recipe and ingredients at a glance; scroll down for the full recipe with amounts!
- Warm Water
To make the dough:
STEP 1. Heat the milk and butter
In a saucepan, heat milk until just starting to bubble. Remove from heat and add in butter. Stir occasionally until butter is completely melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
STEP 2. Proof the yeast
In another bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water with one teaspoon sugar. The yeast will begin to bubble up and become slightly frothy looking, this will take several minutes.
STEP 3. Combine, mix, knead!
In a large bowl, mix together 2 ¼ cups of the flour, sugar, and salt.
When milk mixture has cooled enough, add yeast mixture to saucepan and stir to combine. Pour liquid into dry ingredients along with the egg and mix well.
Stir in remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, until dough pulls together, and away from sides of bowl. Knead on a well-floured surface for about 5 minutes.
Place in oiled bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let rest for 30 – 45 minutes minutes.
STEP 4. Roll out the dough
Turn dough onto well-floured surface and sprinkle with more flour on top then roll into a rectangle.
Now it’s time to make that wonderful cinnamon sugar filling!
To make the cinnamon roll filling:
Combine cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl.
Spread melted butter over the surface of the rectangle of dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top then roll up the dough into a cylinder and pinch the ends to form a seam.
Baking cinnamon rolls:
Use a very sharp serrated knife or a string of dental floss to cut the dough into 12 even portions. Place the cinnamon rolls on a greased baking dish, cover with a towel and let them rise until doubled in size.
For me, this takes about 45 minutes.
PRO TIP: Before baking, drizzle cinnamon rolls with about 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream. This creates an even more MOIST Cinnabon style roll.
Bake your cinnamon rolls until golden brown (20 to 25 minutes). While they’re baking–and filling your kitchen with the delicious smell–get your frosting ready.
To make the cream cheese frosting:
You need. . .
- Cream Cheese
- Powdered Sugar
Mix butter and cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined. Mix in the milk, vanilla, and spices and beat on medium speed for one minute.
Spread frosting over the rolls when still hot from the oven! Serve warm and enjoy cinnamon roll bliss.
Make Ahead Cinnamon Rolls
If you want to treat your family to freshly baked cinnamon rolls first thing in the morning, I recommend preparing the dough the night before!
After dividing the dough into rolls, place them on your baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and set them in the fridge overnight. About an hour before baking, remove them from the fridge and let them rise again.
These keep well covered with plastic wrap for about 3 days after baking. Once they cool, I like to heat mine in the microwave for a few seconds to get that warm-from-the-oven taste every time.
More Cinnamon Recipes
- Cinnamon Coffee Creamer
- Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake
- Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake
- Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats
- Cinnabon Fudge
Cinnamon Rolls need no introduction. These are ooey-gooey fluffy rolls of cinnamon sugar heaven--the very BEST and easiest homemade cinnamon rolls you'll ever make.
For the dough:
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 2 ¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 ¼ cup all-purpose flour, divided
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 egg, room temperature, beaten
For the filling:
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the frosting:
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a small saucepan, heat milk until just starting to bubble. Remove from heat and add in butter. Stir occasionally until butter is completely melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water with one teaspoon sugar.
- In a large bowl, mix together 2 ¼ cups flour, sugar, and salt.
- When milk mixture has cooled enough, add yeast mixture to saucepan and stir to combine. Pour liquid into dry ingredients along with the egg and mix well.
- Stir in remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, until dough pulls together, and away from sides of bowl. Knead on a well-floured surface for about 5 minutes.
- Place in oiled bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let rest for 30 - 45 minutes minutes.
- Turn dough onto well-floured surface and sprinkle with more flour on top. Roll into a 12x18” rectangle. It should be about ½ ” thick.
- Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Spread the melted butter over the surface of the dough, almost the edges. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the butter.
- From the long edge of rectangle, roll up the dough into a log. Pinch to seal the seam.
- Use a sharp serrated knife, or dental-floss, cut the roll into 12 equal-sized pieces.
- Grease a 9x13” baking dish. Place each roll in the dish spiral side up.
- Cover with a towel and let rise 45 to 60 minutes, until doubled in size.*
- Bake rolls at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown on top.
- Meanwhile, make the frosting: mix butter and cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined. Mix in the milk, vanilla, and spices and beat on medium speed for one minute.
- Spread frosting on warm rolls. Serve warm!
- You can make the rolls up to a day ahead of baking time. After step 11, cover dish with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. Remove from fridge in the morning, and allow rolls to rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Remove plastic wrap and proceed to step 13.
- Rolls will keep covered with plastic wrap for up to 3 days at room temperature.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
Are you craving these sweet, delicious, perfect cinnamon filled rolls yet? Go ahead and make them right now–your family will thank you!