The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Any time we’re traveling, I always end up at the airport with a fresh Cinnabon cinnamon roll. I just can’t help it! We have a few different cinnamon roll recipes on our site (like these or these), but I tweaked them to be a bit more cinnabon-y. They were a HUGE hit and we will be making them again and again.

Serves: 15

The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

5 hrPrep Time

20 minCook Time

5 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk


  1. Mix yeast, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and salt together in a large bowl, all at once. Add 4 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix well with a spoon, cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise 4-6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Do not knead the dough.
  2. Roll out dough into a long, thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread on softened butter.
  3. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, and spread evenly over the dough.
  4. Tightly roll into a jellyroll shape, starting at the long end of the dough. Use a string or floss to cut dough into 1-inch pieces and place into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan (I placed 15 rolls in a 9x13-inch pan so the rolls were touching). Cover and let raise an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. In a bowl, mix together frosting ingredients and spread over baked rolls.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert

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9 Responses to “The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Tammy Appleton
    I have never made Cinnamon Rolls from scratch but THIS recipe makes me WANT TO! I think I will be trying these this weekend! I just need to make sure that I pass them out because I'm pretty sure I could eat them all! LOL Do you think these would freeze well once baked? Just in case I want to keep a few back for...guests! Yes, that's it! guests!!! I have been a fan of you Sisters for a LONG time! Keep up the great work! Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.

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