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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are soft, buttery, cinnamon goodness. This Cinnamon Roll Recipe comes together quickly, is perfect for breakfast, brunch or a bready side dish to any meal. If you haven’t made Cinnamon Rolls before, this is the recipe you will want to try, it is easy and won’t take you all day to make.

Looking for other easy bread recipes? Check out my recipes for Homemade Dinner Rolls, Easy Orange Rolls, Dutch Oven Bread.

cinnamon roll cut in half with cream cheese frosting on a white plate

Cinnamon Rolls

You can just picture it now, Sunday morning and everyone is just waking up as you are taking a warm pan of Cinnamon Rolls from the oven. You totally deserve all the praise for making them these delicious cinnamon rolls, they will be singing your praises, but it can be our little secret how easy these are to make!!

This is my go to Cinnamon Roll Recipe because they can be ready in just one hour and then you are in cinnamon roll bliss!!

frosted cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet

Tips for making Cinnamon Rolls

  • If you don’t want to be waiting hours and hours for multiple rises when making cinnamon rolls, be sure to use a good Instant Yeast. It works so great and takes so much less time.
  • The water temperature does make a difference so make sure that it is warm, almost hot to the touch. Personally, I prefer to measure the water temperature with an instant read thermometer to be sure it is where it needs to be. The water should be 115-120º F to activate the yeast.
  • The yeast can be mixed right into the dry ingredients and does not need to be proofed when using an instant yeast.
bread dough in a glass mixing bowl
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then add in the eggs and softened butter until mixed in. Lastly, pour in the warm water and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl and forms a ball.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 2 minutes. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes, no need to do a full rise at this point.
  • Roll the dough out into a large rectangle. If you don’t have a large enough working space, cut the dough in half and prepare a half at a time.
  • Brush the dough with softened butter and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the rolled out dough.
dough rolled out and topped with cinnamon and brown sugar

Cutting Cinnamon Roll Dough

Tightly roll the dough from one long end to the other. To cut the cinnamon rolls a few methods can be used.

  • Unflavored floss- slide the floss under the rolled dough and place in the middle of the long roll. Pull the floss up from the bottom to cut the dough in half. Continue cutting each of the remaining halves into halves again until there are 24 rolls.
  • Sharp knife- slice the rolled dough in the center with a sharp knife and then in halves again until 24 rolls
  • Pastry scraper- do the same, slice the rolled dough in the center and then in halves again
uncooked cinnamon roll dough on a baking sheet

Cooking Cinnamon Rolls

Place the uncooked cinnamon rolls onto a greased baking sheet, leaving a little space for them to rise in between each roll. Cover the pan with a clean kitchen cloth and allow them to rise for at least 30 minutes up to an hour.

Place the cinnamon rolls on the center rack of a 400º F oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown on top, about 12-15 minutes. They will continue to rise as they are baking.

Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls

Let’s not forget the best part of this cinnamon roll recipe, the cream cheese frosting! This frosting is so easy to make and takes these cinnamon rolls over the top!!

Start with room temperature cream cheese and butter, mix with an electric mixer until smooth, then add in the vanilla, sugar and milk.

Prepare the frosting while the cinnamon rolls are baking so it will be ready to spread all over the warm cinnamon rolls!!

Can you Freeze Cinnamon Rolls?

The answer here is, YES!! To freeze this cinnamon roll recipe, prepare the cinnamon rolls to the point you put them on the pan. If you can place the rolls on the pan and cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least an hour.

After the hour, the rolls should be frozen, then you can place the rolls into a zip top freezer bag and they won’t stick together. Place in the freezer for up to three months.

To cook, place on a greased baking sheet and allow to thaw, covered, for 2-3 hours then bake as directed.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Rising Time30 minutes
Total Time52 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Rolls
Cuisine: American, Bread, Breakfast
Keyword: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Servings: 24
Calories: 251kcal


Roll Dough

  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup warm water

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2-2 cups powdered sugar


  • Combine 4 cups of the flour, all of the sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large mixing bowl if mixing by hand.
  • Add in the softened butter and mix with the hook attachment of the stand mixer or by hand until it is broken up into small pieces in the dough.
  • Beat the eggs together in a small, separate bowl and add to the roll mixture, stir to combine. Add in the warm water. You want your water to be about 120º F. Mix the water into the dough and continue mixing until a sticky dough is formed. 
  • If you need to add the rest of the flour, do that at this point. You want the dough to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl and not be too sticky to handle. Continue to mix, knead for about 2 minutes.
    Remove the dough from the bowl to a clean, floured surface. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. 
  • After 10 minutes, divide the dough into two pieces. Beginning with one piece, roll the dough out into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. 

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • Combine the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar. Spread the butter over the rolled out dough and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the dough. Roll up the dough from one long side, tightly rolling the dough to the other end. Slice the rolled up dough first in half, then slice the two halves in half again, working in halves until all the rolls are sliced. 
  • Place the sliced rolls, cut side down into a greased baking sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake in a 400ºF oven for 12- 15 minutes, until golden brown.


  • Whip together ingredients for the icing until smooth. Start with 1 cup of the powdered sugar and add additional until it reaches your desired consistency. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are soft, buttery, cinnamon goodness. This Cinnamon Roll Recipe comes together quickly, is perfect for breakfast, brunch or a bready side dish to any meal. If you haven’t made Cinnamon Rolls before, this is the recipe you will want to try, it is easy and won’t take you all day to make.

frosted cinnamon roll on a white plate

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