Are you a cinnamon roll lover? Because we finally have the best cinnamon roll recipe!
Any time we’re traveling, I always end up at the airport with fresh Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. I just can’t help it. There’s something about cinnamon buns that just take me to a warm place and bring me so much joy!
They are just so soft, full of flavor, smell so good, and taste even more amazing.
We have a few different cinnamon roll recipes on our site (like our Homemade Apple Cinnamon Rolls or Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls), but I tweaked them to be a bit more cinnabony. These will quickly become a new Christmas morning tradition for the whole family!
They were a HUGE hit and we will be making them again and again.
Another simple homemade bread recipe: EASY Homemade French Bread (it makes 2 loaves and is fool proof!)
How to make the BEST homemade cinnamon rolls:
Step 1: Mix yeast, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and salt together in a large bowl, all at once.
I did this with a wooden spoon, but you could also use a whisk, or a kitchen mixer on low speed, with a dough hook attachment. You could also use a bread machine.
For this step, still recommend just using a spoon or whisk to combine the ingredients.
Step 2: Add 4 cups of flour. Mix well with a spoon. Get all the ingredients to evenly combine.
Step 3: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise 4-6 hours on counter or overnight in the refrigerator. The cooling in the refrigerator, allows the sugars to take on more fats, leaving your cinnamon rolls, tasting a little sweeter. The cooling in the refrigerator allows the sugars to take on more fats, leaving your cinnamon rolls tasting a little sweeter.
Step 4: Remove from the fridge after a few hours. Do not knead the dough, but roll out dough with a rolling pin into a long, thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface (save some additional flour for this step, but don’t use too much flour).
Step 5: Spread on softened butter. I did this with a basting brush, but you could also use a knife.
Step 6: Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, and spread the cinnamon brown sugar filling evenly over the dough.
Step 7: Tightly roll into a jellyroll shape, starting at the long end of the dough.
Step 8: Use a string or dental floss to cut cinnamon rolls into 1-inch pieces and place rolls into a greased 9×13-inch baking pan (I placed 15 rolls in a 9×13-inch pan so the rolls were touching).
I find that when the rolls touch, the outsides of each roll don’t get as golden or crunchy, so I recommend that you allow the unbaked rolls to touch.
Step 9: Cover and let the cinnamon rolls rise an additional 30 minutes.
Step 10: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 11: Prepare the cream cheese frosting by combining the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, salt, and milk. The cream cheese icing is delicious, so make a little extra if you like more frosting!
I used a hand mixer to make smooth, but you could also use a whisk.
Step 12: Spread the mixture over the cinnamon rolls.
You can do this when they are warm or cooled. I like to spread mine on when they are warm, because the frosting melts into the roll, making it more flavorful and moist, throughout.
Related Recipe: Try our Easy Homemade Rolls!
Can I use yeast packets instead of a jar?
You most definitely could. We recommend using two packets to get the 1 Tablespoon measured out.
We recommend using active dry yeast.
You can find the yeast on the baking aisle at the grocery store, near the flour and baking soda.
Do The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls freeze well?
These Cinnamon Rolls freeze fairly well. They of course are best served fresh, but you can easily freeze them.
Make and bake them according to recipe’s directions. Then freeze them in an airtight container, or wrapped in multiple layers of saran wrap. You can make these for a special occasion, take them to a neighbor, or eat them as a weeknight treat – they’re delicious any time of year!
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Looking for more cinnamon roll recipes?
- Apple Cinnamon Roll Pie
- Cake Mix S’mores Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Roll Twists
- Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll
- French Bread Cinnamon Roll Bake
- Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake
The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 cup milk lukewarm
- ½ cup butter melted
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup butter softened to room temperature
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup butter melted
- pinch salt
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 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 on counter or overnight in the refrigerator.
- Do not knead the dough.
- Roll out dough into a long, thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
- Spread on softened butter.
- Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, and spread evenly over the dough.
- 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 9×13-inch baking pan (I placed 15 rolls in a 9×13-inch pan so the rolls were touching).
- Cover and let rise for an additional 30 minutes.
- 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.
- You most definitely can use yeast packets for this recipe. We recommend using two packets to get the 1 Tablespoon measured out.
- Large Bowl
- Hand or Stand Mixer
- Rolling Pin
- 9×13-inch Baking Pan
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