Cinnamon Rolls

by Alice Currah on November 26, 2010. Updated April 23, 2011

I know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but the Holiday spirit is with me.  It’s been snowing in Seattle and you  must understand, it’s rare to have a white Christmas and even more rare to have a white Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving day included Christmas music playing on the radio, driving through snow covered streets, and eating warm fluffy cinnamon rolls.  Watching my nieces, nephews, Abbi, Mimi, and Eli  light up as they bit into a cinnamon roll  just made me so happy I was reminded why I love baking for my family so much.  It’s moments like seeing my daughter lick the frosting off of her roll with her finger and laughing with delight that brings me joy.  A joy which comes not from being a food blogger, but being a mom, wife, sister, and aunt.

I make no apologies for liking my dough to be pillowy and sweet.  The cream cheese icing I top them off with completes the cinnamon rolls in the most perfect way.

I know many of you will be hosting friends and family throughout the holiday season. Homemade cinnamon rolls are the perfect beginning or ending for any get together.


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
Soft, fluffly, homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.
  • 1 cup warm milk (115 degrees F)
  • 1 egg (room temperature), slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3½ cups flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package (2¼ tsp) instant dry yeast
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  1. In a KitchenAid mixing bowl, add milk, egg, melted butter, oil, sugar, and salt. Add flour on top of all the liquid mixture sprinkling yeast on top. Using the dough hook, knead bread mixture on speed 3 until dough is smooth and elastic adding additional flour as needed (approx. 5-7 min.). Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a wet towel. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour in a warm area. *Hint: I typically preheat my oven to 200 degrees while dough is kneading and turn the oven off when kneading is complete. From there, I stick my covered bowl into the oven and leave the oven door cracked open to allow the dough to rise.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon – set aside. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle slightly larger than a 9×13 pan (rectangle). Spread surface evenly with melted butter. and sprinkle sugar mixture on top. Use your hands to make the entire surface is evenly coated. Beginning with the long side, roll dough pinching the seam to seal.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut (I like using dental floss) into 12 equal slices and place them in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  4. To make the frosting, beat butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium-high speed for three minutes. Set aside.
  5. Bake cinnamon rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Frost with icing.
*Dough can be kneaded by hand, bread machine, or KitchenAid Mixer using the dough hook. However, directions below are written for a KitchenAid. *You can also use store bought frozen dinner roll dough to save time!
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Chetna August 6, 2013 at 8:16 am

Hi Alice,

Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I tried it and they tasted delicious. However, the texture was an issue which I think is because of not kneading it properly. So the next time I should be able to resolve that. There is one more problem I faced and I don’t know how to solve it. The bottom half was uncooked. I tried putting it back into the oven but that made the top half burn. I baked it in a glass dish since I don’t have a baking pan (this is the 2nd dish I have ever baked). Could that have been the problem? Is it ok if I baked it on a wire grill?


Alice Currah August 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi, I’m not sure if I understand the problems correctly. You baked these on a grill? Or the grill rack in the oven? Sometimes oven temperatures will vary from oven to oven. It could be that your oven runs more hot than the displayed temperature. Also, you can always cover your pan with aluminum foil to keep the top of the dough from browning too quickly.


Ramonah August 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hi I am 14 years old and have a passion for baking. Because of my age it’s sometimes hard for me to procure all the ingredients I need, however your recipe uses simple ingredients and not to complicated terms like rue( which bye the way if you happen to know what that is that would be great.) Thanks for making it easier for me to do something I love continue all the great work.


anu November 22, 2013 at 8:24 am

hi alice,
thankyou for posting this recipe. i have made it 3 or 4 times, and they all came out delicious!
my family enjoyed it. Thanks!


Darce December 21, 2013 at 1:54 am

Hi Alice,

I love your blog! I just have one question. Is it possible to make any part of this recipe in advance?

Thank you!


April bean January 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

This is my go to recipe for cinnamon rolls! I’ve made these 5-6 times and they are always perfect. I only use half the filling because the full amount is way too much. And I never have cream cheese so I just use a powdered sugar frosting. Also, this time I tried using the Rhoades frozen bread loaves for my dough. That was a huge failure! Just take the time and make the dough. It’s worth it.


Lacy341 June 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

This was my first recipe off of this site and it was absolutely delicious!! Best cinnamon roll recipe I’ve tried! Thanks so much!!


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