Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

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  The Perfect Cinnamon Rolls are packed with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and icing. This delicious breakfast is always a huge hit!

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Perfect Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

You ready for the best cinnamon roll recipe? I think everyone has their own idea of what makes perfect cinnamon rolls. For me….I like the rolls soft with LOTS of buttery cinnamon and sugar swirled throughout. There’s nothing worse than anticipating that first bite of a cinnamon roll and it’s dry and bread-like with minimal cinnamon goodness right? So, there you have it, I call these my perfect rolls because my dough is amazingly soft with gobs and gobs of butter/cinnamon/sugar swirled and as you can see I kinda like a touch of cream cheese frosting on top. If this sounds like the kind of cinnamon roll you like as well……you might want to make these 🙂

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Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Here is most of the ingredients for your cinnamon roll recipe! Simple pantry items.

How To Make Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Place yeast and sugar into stand mixer then add warm water and gently stir. Let sit until yeast has doubled, about 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix melted butter and warm milk. Add butter and milk mixture to yeast mixture with the dough hook attachment on low speed then add sugar and egg mixing until combined. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Add 2 cups of flour mixture to the mixer at a time scraping sides of bowl, continuing to add remaining flour until the dough starts to clean sides of mixing bowl. Kneed dough on low speed for 7 minutes. Place dough onto a floured counter and kneed dough until it does not stick to your hands. Place dough into a large bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a barely warm oven for 45-60 minutes, until dough doubles in size.
  2. Remove dough from bowl and place onto a floured counter top. With a floured rolling pin, roll dough into an approximate 14×19 inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch in thickness. Spread softened butter over entire surface of dough. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over buttered dough. Starting at long end of dough, carefully roll into a log shape. Using dental floss or knife, cut rolls into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. Take 4 tablespoons softened butter and spread over 13×17 inch jelly roll pan lined with a silpat liner or parchment paper then sprinkle with brown sugar. Place 4 rolls per row close to each other, about 1/2 inch apart. Place into a barely warm oven (turn oven to warm for 5 minutes, then turn off right before placing rolls in oven to let rise) for 45-60 minutes or until rolls have doubled in size. Remove rolls from oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake rolls for 15-17 minutes or until rolls are golden brown and baked through. Set aside to cool slightly.

How To Make Cinnamon Roll Frosting

  1. Place cream cheese and butter into your clean stand mixer bowl and beat until smooth and combined. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency is achieved. I prefer 2-3 cups. Spread cream cheese frosting over warm rolls. Serve warm or let cool and enjoy room temperature. If serving the next day refrigerate then warm in the microwave individual rolls for 10-15 seconds in the microwave.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Start by letting your yeast double with some warm water and sugar. Once it’s doubled, add your warm milk and melted butter to the bowl.

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Pour in the sugar next.

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Time to add the egg and mix with the dough hook attachment until nice and combined.

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Add the dry ingredients next. Very important to scrape your edges as you keep adding flour.

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How Long Do I Knead Cinnamon Roll Dough?

Let the dough kneed for 7 minutes. When dough is ready, transfer to a large bowl.

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Dough should double in size, about an hour. My favorite part. After it’s doubled, give it a good punch.

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Transfer your dough to a floured counter top and dust with flour as well as your hands. Break out your favorite rolling pin and get rolling. Don’t forget to dust it with flour too.

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How Big Should I Roll Cinnamon Roll Dough?

Dough should be approximately 19-24 inches wide.

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Should be about 14 inches long.

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Butter your dough.

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For the cinnamon sugar filling, combine sugars and cinnamon into a medium mixing bowl.

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Sprinkle generously over the buttered dough.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

How To Roll The Dough

Time to roll it all up. Start with your wide end.

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Looks like a perfect little log shape. Place seam side down on the counter before slicing.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

There are a few ways to go about slicing your rolls, but my favorite is using some dental floss. Makes a perfect clean cut without smashing the rolls. Give it a try!

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Keep slicing them until you reach the end. I do about 1 1/2 inch slices.

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Butter your pans and sprinkle with brown sugar. Makes for a sweet buttery bottom. Line them all up, nice and close to each other giving a little room in between for rising.

How Long Should I Let Cinnamon Roll Dough Rise?

Place rolls into a barely warm oven to rise. Plan on about 40-45 minutes to rise.

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Perfect! Now pre-heat your oven and get ready to bake!

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Bake until nice and golden. 15-17 minutes at 350 degrees F.

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Cinnamon Roll Icing

Whip up my simple cream cheese frosting that makes the best cinnamon roll icing! Spread frosting over your warm rolls and watch it melt into the swirls.

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Here you have my perfect cinnamon roll recipe.

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So excited for you to try them!

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Tips For Making Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Check yourActive Dry Yeast to make sure it’s fresh before getting started.
  2. Don’t substitute any ingredients in recipe for best results
  3. Serve warm
  4. Store leftover rolls in an airtight container for 3 days in refrigerator. Warm up before re-serving.
5 from 3 votes

Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

The Perfect Cinnamon Rolls are packed with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and icing. This delicious breakfast is always a huge hit!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 17 mins
Servings: 18 rolls
Calories: 417kcal
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • stand mixer
  • hand mixer

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water 115 degrees F.
  • 8 tablespoons 1stick unsalted melted butter
  • 3/4 cup warmed whole milk or heavy cream 115 degrees F.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 cups All-Purpose flour plus more for dusting counters
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Cinnamon/Sugar Layer

  • 8 tablespoons 1stick unsalted softened butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter for buttering pan
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar for sprinkling over buttered pan

Frosting

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick softened unsalted butter
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Place yeast and sugar into stand mixer then add warm water and gently stir. Let sit until yeast has doubled, about 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix melted butter and warm milk. Add butter and milk mixture to yeast mixture with the dough hook attachment on low speed then add sugar and egg mixing until combined. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt.
  • Add 2 cups of flour mixture to the mixer at a time scraping sides of bowl, continuing to add remaining flour until the dough starts to clean sides of mixing bowl. Kneed dough on low speed for 7 minutes. Place dough onto a floured counter and kneed dough until it does not stick to your hands. Place dough into a large bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a barely warm oven for 45-60 minutes, until dough doubles in size.
  • Remove dough from bowl and place onto a floured counter top. With a floured rolling pin, roll dough into an approximate 14x24 inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch in thickness. Spread softened butter over entire surface of dough. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over buttered dough. Starting at long end of dough, carefully roll into a log shape. Using dental floss or knife, cut rolls into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Take 4 tablespoons softened butter and spread on bottom of 9x13 inch pan then sprinkle with brown sugar. Place 4 rolls per row close to each other, about 1/2 inch apart. Place into a barely warm oven (turn oven to warm for 5 minutes, then turn off right before placing rolls in oven to let rise) for 45-60 minutes or until rolls have doubled in size. Remove rolls from oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake rolls for 15-17 minutes or until rolls are golden brown and baked through. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Place cream cheese and butter into your clean stand mixer bowl and beat until smooth and combined. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency is achieved. I prefer 2-3 cups. Spread cream cheese frosting over warm rolls. Serve warm or let cool and enjoy room temperature. If serving the next day refrigerate then warm in the microwave individual rolls for 10-15 seconds in the microwave.

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Notes

You can also use two 8x8 inch tin pans that make great gifts during the Holidays.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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174 Responses
  1. Richard

    5 stars
    It was fantastic and your dough is too soft as well and i love your recipe, pictures as well….i will made it now…Thanks for sharing….!

  2. Tyler Norman

    Wonder what your thoughts are…..Made this three times today and not once did the dough rise. Made sure everything was warm enough for yeast to rise (110-115 degrees). Placed in a warm oven with a pan of hot water like you recommend. Yeast was brand new. literally followed step by step. and nothing. any idea why it did not rise?

    1. Teresa

      Start with 120-130 degree water, by the the time you put it in a cold bowl, cold sugar, the temp will be about 115 degrees. I think the 115 degrees is not warm enough.

  3. Grand Marshal

    These are THE BEST cinnamon rolls I’ve ever tasted. They are so soft and yummy! Perfect recipe. Next I’ll be trying with gluten free flour.

    1. Amanda

      My cinnamon rolls didn’t rise! The dough originally rised after 50 minutes. After I cut my cinnamon rolls they did look like they had more flour on the edges than yours did. Could that be why? I’m going to bake them now to see how they come out. I’m bummed they didn’t rise though.

      1. Jenny

        Hi Amanda, I am wondering if your buttermilk/butter mixture wasn’t warm enough? Usually that’s why the dough wouldn’t rise in the correct timing.

    1. Sheila

      Thats what i do with a cinnamon roll recipe. If you roll them up and cut them and pan them the night before, it makes it easier to prep in the morning. then all you have to do is pull them out and proof them in the oven till theyve risen, and bake! Also I sometimes prep my frosting the night before too, then just remove from fridge to soften while the rolls bake and youre good to go!

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