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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are incredibly soft with a gooey cinnamon filling and cream cheese icing. Our family favorite recipe that is a must have for weekend mornings and holiday gatherings.

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are always a treat. I make this easy recipe often and it doesn’t take long for them to disappear! No worries if you don’t have a stand mixer, you can knead the dough by hand and have gooey cinnamon rolls fresh from your oven in just a few hours.

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe Ingredients

for the homemade dough

  • lukewarm milk – I prefer whole milk but you can use what you have on hand.
  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • Red Star Platinum Yeast
  • Large Eggs
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Kosher salt

for the cinnamon sugar filling

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon

for the icing

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make the Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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  1. Start with lukewarm milk. You can set your milk out in advance or heat it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave.
  2. In a large bowl, add the warm milk and stir in sugar and yeast. I like to use Platinum Red Star Yeast. It has dough enhancers that will ensure your dough to be perfect, every time!
  3. Next, add in the softened or melted butter and eggs to the yeast mixture. Stir together and set aside about 5 minutes.
  4. You will now start adding in the flour, 2 cups with the salt to start with and then 1/2 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon or adough whiskuntil the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the bowl. I added about 3 1/2 cups.
  5. Pour the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  1. Knead the dough for 3 to 5 minutes, turning the dough over and pressing it into itself. The dough will be smooth and no longer be sticky.
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  1. Place dough in a well greased bowl and turn to coat the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
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  1. Pour the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead out any air bubbles.
  2. Use a rolling pin to form a rectangle, about 12 inches by 18 inches.
  3. Spread dough with softened butter.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Roll dough tightly from the long end.
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  1. Use a serrated knife to gently cut into 1 1/2 inch rolls.
  2. Place on a greased baking sheet or 9 x 13 pan.
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  1. Cover rolls with plastic wrap and allow to rise 30 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size.
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  1. Bake rolls for 18- 22 minutes.
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  1. Mix up cream cheese icing by mixing cream cheese and butter with powdered sugar, vanilla and milk using an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
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  1. Spread over warm rolls and serve immediately.

How to Store and Reheat Cinnamon Rolls

Store leftover cinnamon rolls covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days. Rolls can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Reheat loosely covered with foil in a 325° oven for 8 –10 minutes.

Tips for Making Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

  • Baking with Yeast: Make sure that your yeast is fresh and not expired.
  • Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls: Add flour to create the dough a bit at a time. Add 2 cups of flour to start mixing the cinnamon roll dough and then add 1/2 cup at a time. Adding too much flour will make your rolls tough and heavy.
  • Soft Cinnamon Rolls: Don’t over bake the rolls. Oven baking times and temperatures can vary. Check your rolls starting about 5 minutes early, so they are not over browned and hard.

Substitutions for Sweet Rolls

  • Milk and eggs will make a softer, richer dough for cinnamon rolls.
  • You may substitute water for the milk and you can still have delicious rolls.
  • Vegetable oil may be substituted for the butter in the dough but not in the filling. Butter will give the dough more flavor.
  • The cream cheese frosting is really rich, skip the cream cheese for a powdered sugar icing if you prefer a lighter icing.

Make Ahead Cinnamon Rolls

You can make the cinnamon rolls to the point of the second rise, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Remove unbaked cinnamon rolls from refrigerator the next morning and allow to rise for about an hour in a warm place. Bake as directed.

More Delicious Cinnamon Roll Recipes to Try

  • Coconut Cream Pie Sweet Rolls are light and fluffy with a sweet coconut cream pie filling that is impossible to resist. Great for Easter brunch, Christmas morning or any special occasion.
  • Peach Pie Cinnamon Rolls are made with peach jam so you can enjoy these peach cinnamon rolls any time of year.
  • Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls are decadent and delicious filled with cinnamon apples and crunchy walnuts.
  • If you need a quick and easy sweet roll, these shortcut Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Rolls are ready in 20 minutes!
  • Need more, here’s the entire list of our best sweet roll recipes.

This HomemadeCinnamon RollRecipe is really quite simple to make and are always a special treat. During the holidays, I often bake batches of these cinnamon rolls for all of our family and our neighbors.

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are incredibly soft with a gooey cinnamon filling and cream cheese icing. Our family favorite recipe that is a must have for weekend mornings and holiday gatherings.

Prep Time30 minutes mins

Cook Time20 minutes mins

Additional Time2 hours hrs

Total Time2 hours hrs 50 minutes mins

Course: Desserts

Cuisine: American

Keyword: best cinnamon rolls, easy cinnamon rolls, soft cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, sweet rolls

Servings: 12 rolls

Calories: 492kcal

Author: Milisa

Ingredients

for the dough:

  • 1 1/3 cups milk lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package Red Star Platinum Yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

for the filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

for the icing:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pour milk, sugar, yeast, 2 tablespoons butter and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Stir with wooden spoon or dough whisk. Set aside 5 minutes.

  • Add 2 cups of flour and salt. Mix well.

  • Add more flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough forms a ball and pulls away from sides of the bowl.

  • Pour dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 3- 5 minutes, incorporating more flour if needed. Dough should no longer be sticky.

  • Grease a large bowl and add dough, turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise for about an hour.

  • Punch dough down onto a floured surface and roll out into about 12" x 18" rectangle.

  • Spread with 1/4 cup of softened butter.

  • Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over dough.

  • Next, sprinkle cinnamon over brown sugar.

  • Tightly roll up dough from the long side.

  • Cut dough into 1 1/2 inch slices with a serrated knife.

  • Place on a greased baking sheet or 9 x 13 baking pan.

  • Loosely cover and allow to rise for 30- 45 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until rolls are cooked through and lightly browned.

  • Combine cream cheese, 3 tablespoons butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. You can use an electric mixer or mix well with a wooden spoon.

  • Allow cinnamon rolls to cool about 5 minutes before icing.

  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Store rolls wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerated for 4 days.

To Make Rolls in advance:

After shaping rolls, place on baking sheet and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate over night. Remove from refrigerator and place in a warm place to rise one hour. Bake according to directions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe( with Cream Cheese Icing) - Miss in the Kitchen (2024)

FAQs

Which of the following are common mistakes made when preparing cinnamon rolls? ›

14 Mistakes You're Making With Cinnamon Rolls
  • Sticking with the same conventional cinnamon roll recipe. ...
  • Using the wrong kind of yeast. ...
  • Not using a sourdough starter. ...
  • Avoiding experimenting with fats. ...
  • Using hard butter or melted butter. ...
  • Not using different kinds of cinnamon. ...
  • Using a weak flour.
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Do homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated? ›

Spread the icing over the warm rolls and serve immediately. Cover leftover frosted or unfrosted rolls tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Do you cool cinnamon rolls before icing? ›

Let Rolls Cool Before Icing

Let the rolls cool for 5 to 10 minutes before icing. If the rolls are too hot, the icing will tragically ooze right off and into the bottom of the pan. A warm roll, however, will let the icing easily spread over the top and also set in place before serving.

Why did my homemade cinnamon rolls come out hard? ›

Don't Overbake Cinnamon Rolls

Overbaked cinnamon rolls are tough and chewy instead of light and pillowy. Since it can be a bit tricky to know when rolls are fully baked, use a digital thermometer. Bake cinnamon rolls until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches between 190°and 200°F.

What happens if you add too much flour to cinnamon rolls? ›

You want to add only the amount of flour that it takes so your dough is not sticky. Adding too much flour will make your rolls very dry. Once you have added the appropriate amount of flour, turn your mixer to a low speed and let the machine do all the kneading for you.

How long can cinnamon rolls sit out with cream cheese frosting? ›

With this in mind, I recommend storing homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. If you plan to store them for longer than that, place them in the fridge from the start and store them for up to a week.

Is it safe to eat cream cheese frosting left out overnight? ›

At room temperature, cream cheese frosting only lasts two hours, which is why it needs to be refrigerated if you don't want to waste leftovers. Cream cheese frosting will usually last in the refrigerator for up to a week, which gives you plenty of time to use it on various baked goods.

Should I refrigerate cream cheese frosting before piping? ›

Cream cheese frosting will hold its decorative piped shape if you refrigerate it prior to piping. Fit your piping bag with a piping tip, fill your bag with the frosting, then refrigerate it for 20-30 minutes before piping. However, don't expect it to be as sturdy as buttercream.

How do you keep cinnamon roll filling from oozing out? ›

A little cornstarch will help, but if you're dead set on the perfect cinnamon roll filling, Instant ClearJel is the way to go. Made from modified food starches, Instant ClearJel is similar to cornstarch but gets better results in terms of texture.

Should you pour heavy cream over cinnamon rolls before baking? ›

Add This for Rich and Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Julie Clark, the blogger behind the website, notes that after years of research, she discovered that the key to getting perfectly gooey rolls is to “pour heavy cream over the cinnamon buns before baking. THIS is the secret ingredient and what makes the rolls rich and gooey.”

Why are my cinnamon rolls not fluffy? ›

There are a lot of variables that go into the consistency of dough, even down to the weather and humidity. But the most common reason cinnamon rolls don't turn out fluffy is because the dough didn't have enough time to rise.

Should cinnamon rolls be covered when baking? ›

Keep the rolls covered tightly with foil so they don't dry out.

Should cinnamon rolls touch when baking? ›

Place the cinnamon rolls into your prepared pan, with little room between each roll and ½ inch from the edge of the pan. Lightly press down on each roll so that the edges of each roll barely touch each other, and improve their round form if needed.

How do you know if your cinnamon rolls are undercooked? ›

When your rolls are done they should look risen and golden brown. To double check that the centre is fully baked, take them out of the oven and lightly pull in the side of a centre cinnamon roll with a fork. If the dough looks raw and gooey the rolls need more time in the oven.

Why didn't my cinnamon roll dough rise? ›

Add more yeast, blend in the starter, or knead in more flour to help initiate rising. Dough that has expired yeast, too much salt, all-purpose or cake flour, or antifungal spices like cinnamon might have trouble rising.

What makes cinnamon rolls unhealthy? ›

Often a favorite at many seasonal events and carnivals, eating just one cinnamon roll gets you close to your daily recommended calorie count per day, as well as your fat intake and sugar intake. There are really no healthy alternatives to cinnamon rolls, as most are way too high in calories and fat.

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