Easy Cinnamon Rolls (from scratch).

Easiest cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made, only 1 rise. Perfect for yeast beginners!

My BEST ever Cinnamon Roll recipe - these fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are made from scratch and are a great recipe for beginners!

This is a recipe for classic, home-style cinnamon rolls. Fluffy, soft, doughy, and bursting with buttery cinnamon swirls. It’s taken me some time to make the perfect dough from scratch and today, I have the winner for you. I baked two batches just to be sure. ;)

Brunch just wouldn’t be the same without these cinnamon rolls!

These Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are so simple! They're completely from scratch and will become your new favorite. Seriously!

My cinnamon rolls are easier than any sweet roll I’ve ever made before. And they are quicker too. Perfect for the baker who wants to learn how to bake with yeast for the first time. You’ll find that the typical sweet roll or homemade bread recipe requires two rises. The incredible Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls (which many of you LOVE!) require a first rise of about 1-2 hours. Then a second rise for another two hours. Making them is completely worth the wait time, but I wanted something a little quicker. Today’s rolls only require 1 rise.

I used Red Star Platinum Yeast to bake my quick cinnamon rolls last weekend and I highly suggest you do too. While I have been compensated for this post, you must know that I have been using and loving Red Star Platinum even before they knew my blog existed.  Yep, I am an avid Red Star yeast fan and have been ever since I faced my fears of yeast 6 months ago.  Red Star Platinum takes the work out of it for you.  Its careful formula strengthens your dough and makes working with yeast simple.  And simple is always good, right?

The dough for today’s roll is very easy to throw together.  It’s a perfect starting point for any sort of sweet roll you want to make.  And it makes a conveniently sized small batch. Only about 11 rolls and they are baked in a small 9-inch round pan. The recipe can easily be doubled and baked in two 9-inch pans.

My BEST ever Cinnamon Roll recipe - these fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are made from scratch and are a great recipe for beginners!

The dough ingredients are pretty standard: flour, sugar, salt, yeast, water, milk, butter, and 1 egg.  Heat the butter, milk, and water all together in a bowl until the butter is melted and mixture is hot to touch (mine was 115F degrees). Accurate temperatures are crucial to successful baking.  Next you’re going to stir the butter mixture into the dry ingredients, then add the egg.  Add about 1/3 cup more flour to get the dough nice and soft. Your dough is ready to knead when it begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Next? Kneading time!  Lightly flour your countertop and get ready to get your hands dirty. It’s ok, baking is supposed to be messy. Knead the dough for about 3-4 full minutes. Want to learn more about the process of kneading?  I study this helpful guide often.

When you’re finished kneading, cover the dough and let it rest for about 10 minutes. It won’t really rise in this step, it just needs a chance to let the gluten settle. During this time, I got my filling ingredients ready: softened butter, cinnamon, and sugar. My three favorite ingredients these days.

After 10 minutes, roll the dough out into a 14×8 inch rectangle. Use a ruler to be accurate; I always keep one handy in a kitchen drawer. Spread the softened butter all over the dough. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Tightly roll up the dough and cut into 11 even pieces. Place in a greased round pan and get ready to rise. The rolls take about 60-90 minutes to rise. Remember, this is the only rise time for the rolls. Loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and place in a draft-free warm spot in your kitchen.

Here’s what I do: I heat the oven to 200F.  I turn off the oven.  I place the rolls inside for 90 minutes. There, that’s it! Make sure you don’t refrigerate the rolls after this step. Keep them at room temperature if you are not baking right away.

My BEST ever Cinnamon Roll recipe - these fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are made from scratch and are a great recipe for beginners!

After about 60-90 minutes, the rolls will have doubled in size and are ready to bake.

Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes. I covered the rolls with aluminum foil after 15 minutes of bake time to avoid the tops from getting too brown.  Look how fabulous they are straight from the oven. 

They look like fluffy little spiraled pillows.  All nice & toasty.

My BEST ever Cinnamon Roll recipe - these fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are made from scratch and are a great recipe for beginners!

They are ready for some glaze!  I made an easy coffee glaze for my rolls. I simply mixed 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 Tablespoons of strong coffee.  If coffee glaze isn’t your thing, replace the coffee with milk or cream.

And completely drench the rolls with the glaze right before serving.

My BEST ever Cinnamon Roll recipe - these fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are made from scratch and are a great recipe for beginners!

I truly thought I had self control until I made these. I tested this recipe twice last weekend after I made breakfast.  I was saving them for later in the day, but I just had to dig in.  Trust me, your self-control will disappear after you make these. They are completely irresistible. Just wait until you smell them baking! I want to bottle that scent and wear it forever.

The dough is buttery and sweet, which I loved. If you’re looking for that perfect cinnamon roll recipe, you are in luck.  Not only are these the fluffiest, softest roll I’ve ever made, but they are the easiest as well. I love it when that happens!

Fill the rolls with nuts, chocolate chips, fruit, or even coconut. Besides the classic cinnamon filling, I personally love cherries or caramel + apples. The sky is the limit with this recipe.

These Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are so simple! They're completely from scratch and will become your new favorite. Seriously!

My BEST ever Cinnamon Roll recipe - these fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are made from scratch and are a great recipe for beginners!

I wish I was spending Mother’s Day with my mom this year (don’t worry, I’ll see her in a couple weeks for my birthday!) because I would make these for her.  She loves cinnamon rolls. Hi Mom! :)

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Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 11 rolls

Ingredients:

Rolls

  • 2 and 3/4 cups (345g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package Red Star Platinum Yeast or any instant yeast (1 packet = 2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (cow's milk - I used skim)
  • 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons (40g) unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg

Filling

  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

Coffee Glaze

  • 1 cup (120g) powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons (30-45ml) strong coffee (or use milk/cream instead)

Directions:

  1. Make the dough: Set aside 1/2 cup of flour. In a large bowl, toss the 2 and 1/4 cups flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast together until evenly dispersed. Set aside.
  2. Heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot to touch. About 115-120F degrees. Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and only enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough. I only needed 1/3 cup, but you may need the full 1/2 cup. Dough will be ready when it gently pulls away from the side of the bowl and has an elastic consistency.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 3-4 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl (I used non-stick spray) and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Make the filling: After 10 minutes, roll the dough out in a 14x8 inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter on top. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle it all over the dough. Add more cinnamon/sugar if desired. Roll up the dough tightly. Cut into 11 even pieces and place in a lightly greased 9-inch round pan. I used a pie dish, lightly sprayed with nonstick spray.
  5. Loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 60-90 minutes. Here is what I do: heat the oven to 200F degrees. Turn oven off. Place rolls inside oven and allow to rise.
  6. After the rolls have doubled in size, preheat the oven to 375F. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. I covered the rolls with aluminum foil after 15 minutes to avoid heavy browning.
  7. Make the glaze: Right before serving, top your cinnamon rolls with glaze. Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 Tablespoons coffee together until smooth and drizzle over rolls. If it seems too thick, add 1 more Tablespoon coffee. You may replace the coffee with milk or cream instead, if you do not want a coffee flavored glaze. If you prefer a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar and then add salt to cut the sweetness.
  8. Rolls are best enjoyed the same day, but stay fresh and soft in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5 days. Glaze the rolls immediately before serving. Rolls (with or without glaze) freeze well, up to about 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and heat up however you prefer.

Additional Notes:

*Overnight: The dough may be made the night before through step 4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and let rise, about 1 hour. 

 

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Try my Homemade Sweet Orange Rolls next.

Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls. Gooey, fluffy, and dipping with orange glaze.

 

For anyone still fearful of yeast, you can always make my 20 minute Mini Cinnamon Buns (no yeast) instead. However, today’s rolls are a great starting off point! Go ahead, challenge yourself.

 

   

603 Responses to “Easy Cinnamon Rolls (from scratch).”

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    Ashleyposted April 6, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    These were so great! I’m only 13 and I could do it without a hitch :) My oven tends to bake things faster than the recipe usually says, so I put the aluminum foil on at 10 minutes and took them out at 20 minutes. Thanks Sally, I think you really cured me of my yeast fear, it wasn’t so scary after all :)

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    Maria Camilaposted April 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Hi. I was wondering if I could bake this rolls separate in a baking sheet, not in the round baking dish (I already made them this way And they were amazing). And how much time would take them To bake? Thanks

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    Hannahposted April 7, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    OHHHHHH dannnggggg!!!!! i cant believe this. i just made these and they taste just like CINNABON!!!! i live in haiti, no cinnabon here and i have tasted the magic of cinnabon so i know what im missing out on! But now i dont have to! These are sooo amazing! I wasn’t sure all while making this recipe i thought they would be disastrous because my dough was so wet and sticky and i could never see that famous gluten window but i went ahead anyway and theyre right out of the oven right now and im almost crying with joy! Sally you have saved meee!!!!

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    Graceposted April 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Everything was going great with these until I took off the foil and cooked them at 350. I only left them with foil on at 250 for seventy minutes, and it looked perfect. I then cooked them on 350 for 30 minutes without the foil, and they came out black and inedible. Do you know why this might be? I’m going to make them again and keep a better eye on them so I will keep you posted.

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    • mariareplied on April 12th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Hi. If I understand you correctly you have mistaken the rising time with the baking time. ( you should preheat you oven to 250 for a maybe 2 minutes And then TURN IT OFF so the bread rises in the residual heat in the oven for 70Minutes). Then you bakie them for 25-30 minutos at 375. Half way this baking time you should cover de rolls with aluminum. I hope this help you.

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      • Gracereplied on April 12th, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        Ah! I need to read directions more carefully! Thank you so much! I made them again today and turned off the oven when they were rising after which I cooked them for twenty minutes, ten of which they still had the foil on. They were perfect!! Really appreciate you taking the time to respond!:)

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    Lorraineposted April 16, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I have made these rolls twice now. Everyone LOVED them. I wanted something easy and I have always felt uncomfortable using yeast, as I have failed a few times, but this was so simple. Thanks so much for this recipe!

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    Ashleighposted April 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I’ve made these rolls twice in the past week and a half (whoops). The first time I baked them, I made a cream cheese icing to go on top and OH MAN so good!!! I couldn’t believe how flaky they turned out. The second time I made these (just now!!!) I made with the coffee glaze and screw the cream cheese frosting they came out AMAZING!!!!!! So easy and I will be making probably 100 more times in the next month.

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    Kaliposted April 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Sally,
    Thank you so much for this superbly easy recipe! I made these for a work brunch and added a bit of orange zest to the filling along with orange cream cheese icing and they are wonderful! I made them two days before and had to bake them the night before work but they still turned out yummy! I will definitely be keeping this recipe close at hand!

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    jamposted April 25, 2015 at 3:04 am

    i would like to thank you for sharing your recipe!!! i tried so many cinnamon roll recipes even laura vitale’s and even the pioneer woman’s cinnamon rolls! they turned out great but your recipe really REALLY CHANGED MY LIFE!!! they are beyond perfect!!! more power to you sally!!!!!

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    Austinposted April 26, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Hi! Can anyone tell me how to double this recipe? Thanks!

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    damarisposted April 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Sallys I love your page

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    Kaylaposted May 1, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Could i let them rise and bake in a muffin pan?

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    • Sallyreplied on May 1st, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Absolutely!

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    Jessposted May 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will be trying it very soon!

    As an aside, I am in love with that blue plate in the last picture. Do you happen to know the maker and pattern? It’s gorgeous!

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    • Sallyreplied on May 2nd, 2015 at 7:21 am

      I believe it is Anthropologie from two years ago.

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    Carolposted May 1, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    can I prepare these and roll with cinnamon then keep in fridge overnight and bake in the morning?

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    Joyposted May 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Making these right now! They didn’t rise the first half hour so I turned the oven to 200F, turned it off and put the pan in for the remaining rising time. I *THINK* I killed the yeast. I’m not even new to baking with yeast (made yummy, fluffy Amish White Bread just this morning). Grrrr! Always check the temp of the liquid going into your yeast (I usually just use my candy thermometer). I skipped doing that in this recipe. That is totally MY mistake; the recipe is thorough and great.

    Still going to bake these and see how they turn out, even with my blunder. Going to definitely make again soon. Super easy recipe!

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    Cassieposted May 9, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Waiting for mine to cook
    I put them in a turned off oven like you said you do
    And they rose double in size after 30 minutes is that normal
    Maybe it depends on oven?
    Theve been cooking for 25 minutes now and their no
    Where near done?

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    Marjorieposted May 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Just made these and going to have some fresh ground/brewed coffee. Think next time I make it overnight. I love your recipes. Thanks!

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    Dixieposted May 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Can you freeze the dough? And if so, how long will it last?

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    • Dixiereplied on May 9th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Oh. Sorry. Just read that you can, so don’t mind my prior comment.

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    Juneposted May 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I have great difficulty with anything with dough required but tried these and they were so easy and good I could even share with neighbors. I use extra butter cinnamon and surgar. Thank you I recommend for anyone to make.

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    janetteposted May 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I really enjoy your webpages. I have made several of your recipes. Last night I made your coconut shrimp. Delicious! Making cinnamon rolls now. Will let you know how they turn out. 

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    nisnimninposted May 23, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I actually replaced the granulated sugar in the filling with brown sugar. Instead of the coffe glaze I use cream cheese frosting.It is an easy recipe to modify.

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