Homemade Cinnamon Rolls [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

Breakfast Desserts Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Cinnamon rolls are made with sweet dough and laced with gooey cinnamon sugar goodness that would have you licking your fingers clean and reaching out for more! They are fluffy, festive, and super delicious!

 There are days when we just love having a breather with a cup of coffee and our favorite rolls such as Pecan Pie Cinnamon Rolls, Cranberry Orange Rolls, and Homemade Sweet Crescent Rolls with Cherries.


Easy Cinnamon Rolls

This Cinnamon Rolls recipe is becoming one of our favorites. It is made with sweet, soft dough, sticky cinnamon filling, and the best Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting. That alone would have you reaching out for more once you’re done with your first roll. Then, the cream cheese frosting brings the finger-licking goodness to a higher level!

Making them at home is guaranteed that you will end up with the best homemade fluffy cinnamon rolls. In fact, these taste better than the Cinnabon version and are way cheaper. So give them a try, you will be craving for more!

The rolls are amazingly delicious and perfect for any occasion. You can make them for a birthday party, mother’s day, Thanksgiving, Easter brunch or simply to enjoy them in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee.

What are the ingredients in cinnamon rolls?

For the dough:

  • Milk
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • All-Purpose Flour

For the filling:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Butter
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt

How to make cinnamon rolls?

First, in a large mixing bowl add the yeast and sugar in your warm milk. Make sure that the milk is not super hot so it won’t kill the yeast. Wait until it is bubbly. Add in your softened butter, salt, eggs, and flour. Knead for about 10 minutes. It would be sticky but should come off the sides of the bowl.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let it rest in a warm place until it is doubled in size.

While waiting, you can mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon powder. Set aside. Then, melt the butter, and have a brush ready. At this point, you can also do your cream cheese filling.

After proofing, grab your dough and place it on a clean dry surface. Punch it down to deflate the air. Roll it out into a rectangular shape, about ¼ – inch thick.

Brush the dough with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. If you are using raisins, distribute the raisins all over. Then, roll the dough like a log, and slice to the desired thickness. Place in a baking dish.

Bake until golden brown on top and frost with cream cheese icing.

How to make the dough rise faster?

There are a few ways to make it rise faster. Here are two techniques that we like using:

One would be to cover the dough with a damp towel. Place it in an oiled bowl. Wet your kitchen towel with warm water, wring out excess water and cover the whole bowl with it. Place the bowl near a warm oven, or on the stovetop while the oven is working. 

Another way would be to place the dough in the oven. Heat water on the stovetop and place it in an ovenproof container. Turn the oven on at the lowest setting and preheat for 2 minutes. Place both the water and the dough inside the oven. Let it rise until it is doubled in bulk.

How to make cinnamon rolls icing?

Cream the softened butter and cream cheese in a mixer until light and fluffy. Then, add in the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix until smooth.

Can you freeze Cinnamon rolls?

Absolutely! Prior to freezing make sure they are completely cooled. Then, transfer them to an airtight container and ensure that it is properly sealed. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge or kitchen counter prior to serving.

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Recipe Tips and Notes:

  • Don’t put too much flour on your hands, and on the working surface when you’re kneading the dough. This would make it too bready.
  • Have a little bit of melted butter on hand while kneading to moisten your hand and the work surface with it.
  • Make sure not to over – bake the rolls. Because every oven is different, it is best to check on them after the 18-minute mark. You want to end up with fluffy and rolls. 
  • Also, to get the most fluffy rolls possible, we recommend to use butter when making the dough and avoid using margarine or shortening. A pinch of salt to the dough will balance sweetness nicely. 
  • In addition, use a little bit of nutmeg with the cinnamon filling. It boosts the flavor tremendously without overpowering it. 
  • Don’t be afraid of the glaze, it is what makes this dessert so special. We like to put some extra glaze on them. Therefore, do not be afraid to use more glaze, it will taste so much better!

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5 from 10 reviews

Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon rolls are made with sweet dough and laced with gooey cinnamon sugar goodness that would have you licking your fingers clean and reaching out for more!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 9 large rolls
Prep time: 2 hours Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 2 hrs 30 mins



Cinnamon Sugar Filling:

Cream Cheese Icing


Make the dough:

Make Cinnamon Sugar Filling:

Prepare the Rolls:

Make the Cream Cheese Icing:

Icing the Rolls:

Nutrition information

Calories: 445 Carbohydrates: 76 Protein: 8 Fat: 35 Saturated Fat: 15 Cholesterol: 89 Sodium: 684 Potassium: 205 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 43 Vitamin A: 880 Calcium: 143 Iron: 3.4
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Beth Pierce

I am going to save this for the day after Easter! We have family staying with us and this would be a nice surprise for breakfast; looks delicious!


Sara Welch

Wow! These look better than my grandmother's recipe! I will have to give these a try soon!



There is nothing better than home baked treats and these cinnamon rolls look fantastic!


Katerina @ diethood .com

WOW These look amaaazing! I am going to make them this weekend!!!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

These would disappear in our house! These are just so adorable!!



These cinnamon rolls look so good my mouth is watering!



Can you use your bread maker to make these rolls ? 🤔🤔🤔


yes, sure!



Amazing! And easy!



Can I use rapid rise yeast instead?





Hello! Can you Use light brown sugar instead of dark? Thanks!


Yes, you can!



Can you use dry yeast if you can’t find instant?


Yes, sure!



For freezing, should I not have added the icing yet? 😅


Yes, it's best to freeze without the icing.



Made these tonight. I must say. We accidentally added an extra 2/3 cup of water (we doubled the recipe to make two separate batches). Even though we added extra water and the “glaze” was too thick, they turned out so moist and fluffy! Best recipe ever! Thank you!



Are these really that many calories? Or is that a misprint??


They are pretty caloric, and the calories are marked as per one roll.


joe pitts

These are very good I would definitely do them again my family love them and is easy to do thanks



Can I make the rolls ahead and put them in the fridge until the next day?


yes! Even add the cream cheese on top if you want!



I only have salted butter, will that mess them up?


Should be ok, add a bit more sugar :)


Ramona Eadens

Wonderful recipe. Tastes like Cinnabon. Yummy!



Hi! Going to make these tonight. Can I get them ready in the pan but refrigerate and bake in the morning?




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