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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly made Homemade Cinnamon Rolls baking in the oven. The spicy sweet combination is universal in appeal. Enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, tea time or as an afternoon pick-me-up with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Homemade bread making can sound intimidating because it requires using yeast. There’s truly no need to fret it just takes practice. If you’re a bit skittish about getting the temperature of the liquid right to bloom the yeast, invest in a thermometer and it will tell you when you’ve hit the mark. Whether you’re making praline cinnamon rolls, 7Up biscuit cinnamon rolls or easy banana toffee cinnamon rolls made with crescent dough, it’s a terrific option to try. Another fun recipe using these beloved flavors you may like to try is this cinnamon roll coffee milkshake from Simply Stacie.

step-by-step images with flour butter and cinnamon roll dough

How to Make the Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Ingredients for cinnamon rolls are typically the same, but  the techniques for making them can vary slightly. Regardless of technique that sweet and spicy dough is impossible to resist.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls: All purpose flour, rapid rise yeast, milk, butter, granulated sugar, salt and one large egg.
  • For the filling you’ll need: Softened butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • For the vanilla cream glaze you’ll need: Powdered sugar, vanilla extract and heavy cream to thin.
  • Don’t be intimadated by any recipe that uses a thermometer. It’s takes the guesswork out of checking the temperature of the milk and you won’t risk killing the yeast by it being too hot.
  • Once the wet ingredients are added to the flour, add the beaten egg while the mixture is still loose and not fully mixed together. It’s does best this way so it will incorporate more easily.
  • Using a stand mixer with a dough hook is the easiest way to knead dough. If you don’t have one, good ole elbow grease still works. You can knead this dough by hand on a lightly floured non stick surface.
  • Should you choose to knead by hand, use a large spatula to mix the wet into the dry ingredients. Make certain all of the ingredients are fully incorporated before turning out onto the floured surface for kneading.
  • I enjoy pulling out my cast iron skillet when the opportunity arises. You can also make these homemade cinnamon rolls in a similar size oven safe skillet or a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.


frosting cinnamon rolls in a skillet

How to Store Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Once these cinnamon rolls have been baked, glazed and cooled you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also store them at room temperature for 3 days but chilling will lengthen the shelf life. More Southern style rolls and bread recipes you may like to try:


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Rising time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 50 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best-cinnamon-rolls, homeade-cinnamon-rolls, no-kinead-cinnmon-rolls
Servings: 24 rolls
Calories: 210kcal


  • 2 1/4 oz packets rapid rise yeast (i.e. Two 1/4 oz packets)
  • 1 1/3 cup milk lukewarm (110°F)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus additional for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • Filling:
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream plus additional as needed to thin


  • In a a large measuring cup or bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Set aside to bloom for 5-7 minutes.
  • In a large bowl using a whisk, sift together flour, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center. Add butter and yeast mixture. Mix through, adding egg while mixture is still loose. Mix well.
  • Using an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, knead the dough for 5 minutes or until it pulls away from the side of the bowl. If the dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 Tbsp at time, up to 1/2 cup. Alternately, knead the dough by hand for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  • Grease the sides and bottom of a clean bowl. Transfer dough to bowl. Cover with a damp towel and let sit for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured surface and turn until coated with flour working in additional flour just until the dough isn't sticky. Press into a 24 x 12 inch rectangle.
  • Spread softened butter from end to end. Mix together granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle evenly over butter.
  • Using floured fingers begin rolling from widest edge ending seam side down. Use dental floss or a sharp knife to cut into 24 even pieces.
  • Butter the bottom and sides of a 12 inch cast iron skillet or a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Place cinnamon rolls side by side. Cover with damp cloth and let rise 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover cinnamon rolls. Bake for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  • To make the frosting: In a small mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla and cream. Add additional cream until it reaches desired consistency. Frost cinnamon rolls.
  • Serve warm.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Hello, I am a newbie to the world of baking bread from scratch. My issue that I am facing is that there is only my husband and I at home, especially during these trying times. Can I freeze the dough that is already shaped into balls? Of should I freeze the baked rolls? If so, how do I reheat them? I’m sorry, I know nothing about this! I bake some awesome cakes and can cook gourmet meals, but I am scared to death to cook bread! I guess bc I don’t like failing, and I am so scared I will fail!!

    1. Hi Bridgette, you can shape these into rolls, then freeze them on a sheet pan. Once frozen, place into freezer safe containers or bags then pull out the amount you need. Let them come to room temperature and time for a final rise just before baking.

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy! This recipe is a real catch for those who have a sweet tooth. These cinnamon rolls give me a Christmas atmosphere! I’m thinking of cooking them on the weekend.
    Thank you for sharing this nice recipe and for creating the Christmas atmosphere, Melissa! 🙂

  3. I’m starting to eat keto. Have you tried substituting all purpose flour with almond flour? And then substituting coconut milk with regular milk?

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