Homemade Cinnamon Rolls {Soft & Delicious!}

I have been searching for the perfect cinnamon rolls for years.  Basically, I’ve been aiming for a recipe that was close to the ones we were served when I was in school.  While most people think school food is terrible, our school actually had some pretty great menus.  The cooks came in super early and made almost everything by hand, from scratch.  That included these amazing cinnamon rolls that they would serve whenever chili was on the menu.  Fairly recently, I finally found a recipe that was close over at The Stay At Home Chef.  I have altered a few things and the results are melt in your mouth delicious. While I think they taste best warm from the oven, the rest of the family likes them cold too.

I’ll admit that I used to be intimidated by home made bread items but I’ve really branched out lately and found it’s really not that hard.  So even though these cinnamon rolls take a little time, they are by no means difficult.  Just follow the recipe instructions and you’ll be on your way to a mouth-watering cinnamon roll!

4.9 from 29 reviews
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls {Soft & Delicious!}
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • 1 cup warm (not hot) milk
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, soft
  • 2 small eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • Filling:
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Glaze:
  • 4 to 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1½ cups powder sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Using a dough hook in a stand mixer, combine the warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, and egg on low.
  2. Slowly add in flour.
  3. Once the flour is incorporated, turn mixer to medium speed.
  4. Add more flour if necessary. The dough should be soft and sticky but pull away from the side of bowl.
  5. Transfer dough to a large lightly greased mixing bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
  6. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  7. Roll dough out to a 12x18 inch rectangle.
  8. Brush the dough with the ¼ cup melted butter from the filling.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  10. Sprinkle mixture over buttered dough.
  11. Roll up tightly lengthwise to make one long roll.
  12. Use thread to cut dough into 12 (one inch) slices.
  13. Place slices into greased pan.
  14. Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.
  15. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  16. Bake rolls for about 20 minutes or till brown.
  17. After pulling rolls out of the oven, beat together glaze ingredients. Add additional milk for desired consistency.
  18. Frost the rolls while still warm and serve.
  19. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

If you take the recipe step by step, it’s very easy to follow.  The results will be soft, gooey, fluffy, and quite delicious!

Let me know what you think below.  If your family loves them as much as mine, they will be gone by the end of the very first day!

 

 

 

I’m a city girl turned country by my awesome husband and we have three busy boys and two darling daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, and catching up with friends while our kiddos have play dates. I’m blessed beyond measure and can’t wait to see what God has in store.
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This post currently has 53 responses.

  • These look good.i make homemade cinnamon rolls also

  • shannon fowler

    I love cinnamon rolls and it has been forever since I had any. These look fantastic!

  • Susan Hartman

    I have the best memories of making cinnamon buns on Saturday mornings when I was first married. The aroma was wonderful and the taste even better. Yours look fabulous.

  • Jeanine Carlson

    Oh, my! It’s been far too long since I made cinnamon rolls! I had a really good recipe that looks a lot like this one. Maybe I’ll just snag this one and call it good. Yum!

  • gloria patterson

    OH man these look so so good………… BUT I am no baker sad to say. BUT my sister in law is maybe I will share with her and she will bring me a plate full :-)m

  • I love me some good and gooey cinnamon rolls and hands down, you made some delicious ones! Well made recipe there and homemade is wayyyy better 🙂

  • Karen Propes

    Oh, my heart is pounding. I love cinnamon rolls so much, hopefully, my husband will be making them for my Mother’s Day breakfast. I like your recipe, showing him tonight. Thanks

  • ellen beck

    These look so good. I have to agree not all school lunches are the same. Our elementary had ladies who baked and the classrooms above the kitchen would make your mouth water. These rolls would not only make the house smell nice, but would be inviting for a Sunday breakfast or even as a tasty snack!

  • rochelle haynes

    Loving this i love cinnamon rolls looking good
    love to trythem

  • Peggy Nunn

    They look so good. You went to a better school than I did. Our food was bland but decent. I will see if the family would like to help me make some rolls. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Cynthia R

    We are doing a Mother’s Day breakfast for our mom, making breakfast quiches, and fruit salad, cinnamon rolls would be a great addition, thanks for the idea!

  • Shirley p

    mmm this looks like a great recipe for cinnamon rolls

  • Jennifer Trevino

    They look delicious, I know what I’m going to be making in a bit

  • Lisa Queen

    These look so good I want them now! Yummy! Thank you for the recipe. I have it pinned!

  • These Cinnamon Rolls look amazing. It has been a while since I made cinnamon rolls. Thank you for sharing at Sugar and Spice link party.

  • Marti Tabora

    Home made bread items intimidate me a little bit too, but we absolutely love cinnamon rolls and the ones that are in the store or bakery may not be as fresh. I think I will give this a try.

  • chrissy c

    These look so yummy! I have never made these homemade we usually buy the tubes. I will be trying this recipe soon!

  • denise low

    Oh My I love cinnamon rolls. That’s my favorite. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Julie Hanse

    When I was little I helped my mother make cinnamon rolls and other great breads. I would love to make my own breads. This recipe sounds amazing! I am going to try it this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

  • denise low

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. These look delicious. Cinnamon rolls are my favorite.

  • Tracie Cooper

    These look so yummy! I would love to make them for Sunday brunch.

  • Jeffrey

    Wow, these look wonderful and easier to make than I thought. Your instructions really help. My kids would love to wake up to these on a Saturday morning! My mom used to make cinnamon rolls for us on Christmas morning, but they were out of a can!

  • Rosie

    I make bread and rolls all the time, but I haven’t tried cinnamon rolls. These looks so good, and now with fall, the scent of cinnamon wafting through the kitchen, it is perfect. And I love the cream cheese glaze. Wow!

  • Kimberly Flickinger

    I love cinnamon rolls so I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  • gloria patterson

    These look so good!! Now if I could just find someone to make me a pan of these 🙂

  • Esperanza Gailliard

    OMG these homemade cinnamon rolls look awesomely delicious!

  • Dorothy Boucher

    This looks so good right now, I wish I had everything because nana here would be making it, I love a good homemade cinnamon roll.
    @tisonlyme143

  • gloria patterson

    You make these rolls looks so good! Nothing like a cinnamon roll on a cold morning with a mug of tea. Made myself hungry

  • Vickie

    thanks..i will give this a try as I too loved the school house cinnamon rolls.
    I’m going to pin this.
    and, oh boy .. cinnamon anything is my favorite.
    thanks!

  • Mary Gardner

    Wow those look good! They made my mouth water and I love the way you cut them with thread.

  • Oh my gosh, I just woke up and these look SO amazing! Maybe I will make these for Christmas morning! My husband makes a similar recipe and even though they take a long tie to make, they are SO delicious!

  • Heather

    These look amazingly delicious!! I also love your pastry mat!! Perfect for rolling out your dough!

  • elizabeth tierce-miller

    These just made m wish I lived closer to Cinnabon. I do a lot of baking but these are one thing I have never attempted. I think Christmas break with my daughter would be a great time to give your recipe a try.

  • Jennifer Boehme

    omg, these looks so good! I would love to make these. I bet your whole house smelled so good. I haven’t had cinnamon rolls in a long time, now I’m craving them!

  • I make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, but not from scratch. I’ve always been too intimidated to make them from scratch, but this recipe looks great. I appreciate the photos. I may attempt to make these this Christmas morning.

  • Amy D

    I make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, but not from scratch. I’ve always been too intimidated to make them from scratch, but this recipe looks great. I appreciate the photos. I may attempt to make these this Christmas morning.

  • Kelly King

    I’m guessing you’re from the Midwest/Plains from the chili and cinnamon roll school lunch. I still want a bowl of chili, carrot, celery, and cheese sticks, and a cinnamon roll as comfort food!

  • Diane

    I agree these look wonderful. But I don’t understand why people rate them if they haven’t tried to make them. There are many great looking rolls and I really want my first attempt to be one that is really good. After reading your directions, these seem to be one of the easiest to put together. Thank you so much. Will try it after I read it about 6 more times to get over my nervousness.

    • Jess

      I totally agree!!!! I can’t stand when people comment under recipes saying how good the picture looks!!!! Make the recipe, come back and then tell us how it went! Very crazy that it has 5 stars yet knowone who left a comment has made them!!!

    • Jess

      I totally agree!!!! I can’t stand when people comment under recipes saying how good the picture looks!!!! Make the recipe, come back and then tell us how it went! Very crazy that it has 5 stars yet knowone who left a comment has made them!!!

  • Candy Nice

    Excellent, easy to put together, made a dozen good size buns, used 2 round pie tins put six in each, bake one and froze 2nd for another time since there was just the two of us. Definately would share this recipe with friends

  • Candy Nice

    Excellent, easy to put together, made a dozen good size buns, used 2 round pie tins put six in each, bake one and froze 2nd for another time since there was just the two of us. Definately would share this recipe with friends

  • Tim

    Suggestion – I have to think there are many, like me, who bake a lot but who do not have a mixer with a dough hook. Could you include a “if you don’t have one” instruction with such recipes so people could still print out & make your recipe even when they don’t have that level of a mixer? That would be very helpful. Thanks.

  • Gmama

    I, too, have been searching for a good old fashion cinnamon roll recipe for a while now. My son requests cinnamon rolls for his birthday instead of cake. Well I ran across this recipe and it sounded fairly simple, I wanted one that didn’t take hours to rise and this one doesn’t so I decided to make them for a church dinner, they were sooooo good, my son loved them and others that knew I had made them loved them too. I finally found my cinnamon roll recipe!
    Thank you so much for posting it. Others I’ve tried were to dry, these are soft and gooey ( not doughy) like a cinnamon roll should be. So happy to finally have a good recipe. I made caramel sticky buns with the pecans and caramel in bottom of pan but plan to make regular cinnamon rolls next time.

  • Gmama

    Forgot to rate the recipe, five stars!

  • Tammy

    Can you prep these the night before

    • I have not tried but I can’t see any reason why not. I’d just suggest that you take them out to rise in the morning before baking. Let us know if you try it!

  • Janet

    GREAT recipe, the dough turned out excellent so I’ll be using this again for sure! I did cut back on the yeast a bit…2 1/4 tsp instead, and it still rose nicely! Thanks so much for sharing! 😊🙏

  • Heather

    These were so sticky I couldn’t roll them up tightly, they stuck to the counter too!!! Recommendations???

  • Those homemade cinnamon rolls look so good. I’ve never made them from scratch before. Thank you for the recipe……I’ll be making these for my family.

  • Donna

    Is there any reason you couldn’t just make this in a bread machine on the ‘Dough’ cycle, then take it out, roll it up and bake?

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