Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
These Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate Cinnamon bun!

They are soft tender full of delicious buttery cinnamon filling and with a touch of cream cheese drizzled frosting over the top.

In my family's opinion (and mine), these are the best cinnamon rolls on the planet, but we will let you be the judge!

We use to go to the mall years ago and get a cinnabon bun which is a clone for sure!

Those were served warm and gooey and the kids loved them.

They were so excited to taste that long ago memory in this copycat recipe!

You can even choose another filling I also added to the recipe that we love, filled with orange marmalade in the rolls.

The perfect breakfast or any time comfort food.

We just love the smell, it's hard to wait until they are cooled off to eat them and we always end up burning the roof of our mouth because we just can't wait!

These are great with any hot beverage like coffee, tea or hot cocoa.

You may remember my yeast-risen recipes like my Almond Filled Coffee Cake Recipe or my Amaretto Pannetone, two more of my delicious homemade breakfast treats.

Scroll down to the recipe card for all the options you have to make these delicious homemade cinnamon rolls!

this is a homemade cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing on a wooden board with a knife with a black handle in the background

this is a copycat cinnabon cinnamon rolls with icing on top

Easier Than You Think Recipe!

These rolls aren't hard to make at all.

If you follow a few basic tips, they will be perfect every time!

The rising dough is tricky if you kill the yeast, so pay close attention to the water and milk temperatures.

Below you will find the fool-proof simple techniques to perfect sweet roll dough.

this is a 13 x 9 sheet pan of cinnamon buns or rolls baked together that are on parchment paper and frosted

The Frosting For Cinnamon Rolls

You can use any kind of frosting you like, even canned, I provide the cream cheese frosting below we love in the recipe card.

For the best results, always drizzle the frosting on the cinnamon buns while warm.

these are cinnamon buns with a drizzle of cream cheese frosting on a blonde colored wooden board

Ingredients You Will Need for Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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  • dry yeast
  • warm water
  • milk
  • sugar
  • softened butter
  • salt
  • flour
  • eggs
  • Cinnamon filling:
  • brown sugar
  • butter melted
  • cinnamon
  • Frosting Recipe:
  • powdered sugar
  • cream cheese
  • butter

these are sliced cinnamon rolls rising to be baked

Rise, Roll, Fill and Slice

I usually slice them between 2 to 3 inches with a very sharp floured knife.

You can make them as big or small as you prefer.

Always cover them and let them rise in a warm place, I usually turn my oven on to preheat it until they double in size, around 30 minutes after slicing.

Use a towel or plastic wrap to ensure no drafts get into the pan while rising.

these are cinnamon rolls sliced and placed in a warm area covered with plastic wrap to rise

Rolling the Dough

The dough is not firm, it's a sticky dough but not wet.

When the dough rises you will need to flour the board to roll out, this will keep the dough from being too sticky to roll up.

Remember not to overwork the dough with flour or they will not be tender and become dry.

this is homemade cinnamon roll dough


  • Milk and water need to be about 105 degrees, if it's too hot it kills the yeast
  • Soften the butter and eggs to room temperature so it is soft and mixes in easily.
  • Place the dough in a warm place covered with plastic wrap or towel to eliminate drafts
  • The dough will be a little tacky, do not add too much flour
  • Always preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Sweet Roll dough is basic and can be used for dinner rolls and other favorite fillings
  • Let rise for at least 30 minutes after slicing the rolls
  • Rolls are best served warm, reheat 10 seconds in the microwave

this is sweet roll dough with all the ingredients in bowls to make cinnamon rolls

Suggestions for Sweet Roll Dough:

  1. Orange roll recipe included
  2. Sweet dinner rolls (just make knots and rise)
  3. Filled with any kind of solo filling (almond)
  4. Use nuts IE pecans or almonds with cinnamon, sugar and butter filling
  5. Leave plain with no frosting and use an egg wash before baking

this is sweet roll dough with cinnamon and sugar on top getting ready for rolling into a long log

More Recipes We Love For You To Try:

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Pie Cinnamon Topped Muffins

Sour Cream Cinnamon Filled Coffee Cake

this is a copycat cinnabon cinnamon rolls with icing on top

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Not A Cinnamon Bun Fan?

If you love cinnamon rolls like cinnabon or any kind of filled breakfast rolls, these are over the top delicious, this recipe for you.

However, there are so many ways to use this easy recipe and adapt it to what you prefer.

These are a little work but the compliments I get are my reward and so worth the time.

The dough is so versatile and I usually split in half and make two kinds.

The Orange Marmalade Filling or Almond solo Filling can be a perfect alternative for those who aren't fond of cinnamon rolls.

I love the Orange rolls and very refreshing in the summertime here in Florida.

Using this sweet roll dough for dinner rolls is also a family favorite as I suggested and goes great with any meal.

Whatever you decide to make with this sweet roll dough, I promise they will be addicting!

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Yield: 24

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 40 M
This is a basic sweet roll dough that you can make cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, regular sweet rolls dinner rolls and anything else you want to use this delicious soft fluffy tender dough for.


  • Basic Sweet Roll Recipe
  • (below is the ingredients for sweet roll basic dough)
  • 2 packages of dry yeast placed in a 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup milk heated to just warm to the touch (105 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups flour and more for rolling
  • 2 eggs
  • Cinnamon filling:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Optional for Sweet Rolls 1 beaten eggs for the top before baking
  • Optional Orange Filling:
  • 1/2  orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Frosting Recipe:
  • Frost rolls while warm.
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 - 3-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional: for orange rolls 1 teaspoon orange zest


How to cook Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Heat the milk to just slightly warm ( it's around 20 seconds in a microwave glass bowl).
  2. Add the sugar, butter, and salt and stir.
  3. In a large industrial mixer, add 1 1/2 cups of flour, beat in the yeast and eggs.
  4. Add the remaining flour beating until it forms a soft dough.
  5. Continue beating this on medium speed for around 3 minutes or knead by hand.
  6. Be careful if doing this by hand not to add too much extra flour.
  7. This will be a little tacky.
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  9. In the meantime make the cinnamon filling:
  10. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  11. 4 tablespoon butter melted
  12. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  13. Combine all together, set aside.
  14. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into two rectangles on a floured board around 1/2 inch thick.
  15. Spread with half with the cinnamon filling mixture on each dough and roll up like a jelly roll sealing the edges.
  16. Cut into 2 or 3 inch thick rounds and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to rise for another 30 minutes.
  17. Bake at 375 degrees in a hot preheated oven for around 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Frost while warm with the recipe below.
  18. Other Options For This Basic Sweet Roll Dough:
  19. Plain Sweet Rolls: 
  20. Use half or all the dough and line a 9 x 9 pans or (13 x 9 pan) with parchment paper for baking the sweet rolls. 
  21. I roll small pieces of dough into ropes and twist into knots. 
  22. Place into the pan (they will be touching) rise for around an hour. 
  23. Brush with beaten egg wash on top of the sweet rolls. Bake as directed above.
  24. Orange Roll Filling: 
  25. Mix 2 teaspoons cinnamon with 1/2 cup orange marmalade with 1/2 cup warmed heavy cream together and use this as your filling. 
  26. Use the same frosting with the addition of 1 teaspoon of orange zest in the recipe.
  27. Frosting Recipe:
  28. Frost rolls while warm.
  29. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  30. 1 - 3-ounce package of cream cheese
  31. 1/4 cup butter melted
  32. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  33. Beat together and spread on warm rolls.
  34. Note: for Orange rolls,  add 1 teaspoon orange zest to the frosting mixture.
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this is a homemade cinnamon roll drizzled with cream cheese frosting on a cutting board

Disclosure: This recipe was originally posted to this blog 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Dear Claudia,
    I love these cinnamon rolls and would not be able to wait until they cooled either.
    Hope all is well. It is snowing as I write this!
    xoxox Catherine

  2. Thanks for all the tips, they came out perfectly and my family promptly gobbled them up. Such a tasty recipe!

  3. The buns look very good Claudia and similar to Bev's but she just uses her bread recipe, however she plans to use your frosting recipe next time.

  4. I love how easy these are to make and how they can feed a crowd! Perfect!

  5. Wow; these look absolutely amazing! Cinnamon rolls are my kryptonite. Pinned.

  6. In a word..."YUM"!
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  7. So much cinnamon goodness going on there! My daughter would LOVE these.

  8. Congratulations! Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,470 this week. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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