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Best Cinnamon Rolls

When I married him, I discovered that my husband's family has the best cinnamon roll recipe! I asked his mom how to make homemade cinnamon rolls, and I've been making them ever since. Serve them with scrambled eggs, and you have a filling breakfast. As a variation, you can replace the filling with a mixture of raisins and pecans. —Shenai Fisher, Topeka, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 rolls


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Dissolve yeast in warm milk. In another bowl, combine sugar, butter, eggs, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Punch down dough; divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 portion into an 11x8-in. rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons butter; sprinkle with half the brown sugar mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 8 slices; place in a greased 13x9-in. pan, cut side down. Cover with a kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  • For frosting, beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt until blended; gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Spread over tops. Refrigerate leftovers.

Best Cinnamon Roll Tips

How do you know when dough is kneaded enough?

You want to knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. Another trick to tell if your dough is done is to press it with your finger. If the indentation stays, the dough still needs more work. If it springs back to its original shape, your dough is ready to rest.

Why didn't my cinnamon rolls rise?

In general, sweet doughs take longer to rise because the liquid that feeds the yeast is absorbed by the sugar. To counteract this, be sure you allow sweet doughs, like cinnamon rolls, plenty of time to rise. Also, when kneading the dough, don't add too much flour. Doing so creates a tough, dry dough, causing the yeast to not work properly.

Can I freeze cinnamon rolls?

Yes, you can freeze cinnamon rolls! To freeze unbaked rolls, cut as directed but don’t allow to rise. Tightly cover and freeze in a single layer for up to two weeks. When ready to use, thaw in the fridge overnight. The next morning, bring to room temperature and allow it to rise until doubled in size. Bake as directed. To freeze baked rolls, bake as directed and cool. Tightly cover and freeze. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the fridge. The next morning, cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Let cool and frost.

What other cinnamon roll variations can you make?

There are plenty of cinnamon roll recipes you can make! Try out chocolate chip caramel rolls, pumpkin cinnamon rolls or bacon rolls!
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 364 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Rachael
    Jan 3, 2021

    My first attempt making cinnamon rolls. The recipe was pretty easy to follow and the rolls turned out delicious.

  • ckbray
    Jan 2, 2021

    This recipe was just okay. There is another similar recipe on this site that is much better if you use the frosting recipe from this recipe. Also the other recipe uses 1 T cinnamon. You really need to double to 2T like this one does. You really need to try the other recipe.

  • nightskystar
    Dec 22, 2020

    Excellent recipe!! follow as written and you will have the best cinnamon rolls ever!!

  • Elisa
    Nov 14, 2020

    Very good cinnamon rolls! Soft with gooey cinammon filling!

  • angela32
    Nov 14, 2020

    These are fantastic!

  • Donna
    Oct 27, 2020

    My husband asked for cinnamon rolls but not my old recipe. I happened by this one and oh my, its by far the best I've ever made. I did it just as the directions said. gona have one happy man tonight....Donna

  • Sam
    Oct 25, 2020

    Made them with my godparents, one batch was followed exactly to the recipe, came out almost perfect, tried the other batch by making the dough thinner and using white sugar instead of brown sugar. White sugar ones came out small and hard, definitely stick to what the recipe says, they come out big and stay together!

  • Anis
    Apr 28, 2020

    It’s amazing

  • Ashley
    Feb 22, 2020

    Very good. I thought the cinnamon ratio was perfect and didn’t mess with it like some suggested. I used my butter cream frosting to ice them, only because I had extra from a cake I made. I had a bit of trouble getting my dough to rise, but it’s winter and my house is pretty cool. I put the dough in the oven and turned it on to warm it then turned it off. It worked perfectly. I do plan to make these again with the icing in the recipe.

  • xenazoe
    Jan 5, 2020

    Excellent cinnamon rolls! They were much easier to make than other recipes I have tried, and just as delicious. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out great. Other reviews said they didn't rise but I didn't have an issue. Make sure the yeast is fresh and use a thermometer to check your milk temperature (too hot will kill the yeast and too cool will cause it not to rise).