Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Rolls
5 from 2 votes
Warm, sweet, and comforting, these cinnamon rolls are a classic favourite. The perfect indulgent treat for dessert or breakfast. Paired with a creamy, and melt-in-the-mouth icing, these cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious.
Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls, with their warm, comforting aroma and delightful swirls of cinnamon, are a beloved treat in many households.

Originating from Sweden, these sweet pastries have made their way into kitchens around the world, each with its unique twist on the classic recipe. While they may seem daunting to make from scratch, with a bit of patience and love, you can create your own batch of heavenly cinnamon rolls right at home.

The process of making cinnamon rolls involves a few steps, but don’t let that intimidate you. From preparing the dough to rolling and baking, each stage adds to the anticipation of biting into a soft, fluffy roll bursting with cinnamon goodness.

Whether you’re a beginner baker or a seasoned pro, this recipe offers a delightful challenge that’s worth every moment.

Creating cinnamon rolls from scratch allows you to tailor the sweetness and flavor to your liking, ensuring a fresh, homemade taste that’s unmatched by store-bought alternatives.

Expert Tip: Don’t overfill the cinnamon rolls to prevent the filling from oozing out during baking.


Bread Flour: Provides the structure and texture for the dough, ensuring the rolls are light and fluffy.

Caster Sugar: Adds sweetness to the dough, balancing the flavors of the filling and glaze.

Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the dough by balancing the sweetness and activating the yeast.

Instant Yeast: Leavens the dough, causing it to rise and become airy.

Milk: Adds richness and moisture to the dough, resulting in tender cinnamon rolls.

Butter (Unsalted, for dough and filling): Contributes to the dough’s flavor and texture, while also adding richness to the filling.

Eggs: Bind the ingredients together and provide structure to the dough.

Water: Helps hydrate the dough and activate the yeast, ensuring proper rising.

Brown Sugar (Light): Sweetens the filling and caramelizes during baking, creating a gooey, indulgent center.

Cinnamon (Ground): Infuses the rolls with warm, aromatic flavor, making them irresistible.

Icing Sugar: Forms the base for the glaze, adding sweetness and a smooth texture.

Milk (for glaze): Combines with icing sugar to create a creamy, sweet topping for the cinnamon rolls.

Expert Tip: Be patient with the dough, allowing it to rise until doubled in size for soft, fluffy rolls.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy warm cinnamon rolls with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a glass of cold milk for a delightful breakfast or snack.
  • Pair cinnamon rolls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
  • Serve cinnamon rolls alongside fresh fruit salad or yogurt for a balanced and satisfying meal option.
  • Customize your cinnamon rolls by adding chopped nuts, raisins, or shredded coconut to the filling for extra flavor and texture.
  • Share the joy of homemade cinnamon rolls with friends and family at brunch gatherings, potlucks, or holiday celebrations.

Expert Tip: Ensure the yeast is fresh and active for optimal rising of the dough.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do cinnamon rolls stay fresh?

Cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed fresh on the day they are baked. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.

Can I freeze cinnamon rolls?

Yes, you can freeze unbaked cinnamon rolls for later use. After slicing and placing them in the baking tin, cover tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then freeze. When ready to bake, allow the rolls to thaw and rise in the refrigerator overnight before baking as directed.

Can I make cinnamon rolls ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dough and assemble the rolls ahead of time. After rolling and slicing the dough, place the rolls in the baking tin, cover tightly, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, allow the rolls to come to room temperature and rise for 30-45 minutes before baking.

Can I make cinnamon rolls without yeast?

While yeast is traditionally used to leaven cinnamon roll dough, you can make a quick version using baking powder instead. However, the texture and flavor may differ slightly from yeast-based rolls.

Can I use a different type of sugar for the filling?

Yes, you can experiment with different types of sugar, such as granulated sugar or dark brown sugar, to customize the flavor of the filling. Keep in mind that different sugars may affect the texture and sweetness of the rolls.

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

by Nabeela Kauser
Warm, sweet, and comforting, these cinnamon rolls are a classic favourite. The perfect indulgent treat for dessert or breakfast. Paired with a creamy, and melt-in-the-mouth icing, these cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proofing TIme 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, Swedish
Servings 12 Rolls
Calories 359 kcal


For the dough:

  • 500 g Bread Flour
  • 75 g Caster Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 120 ml Milk
  • 60 g Butter Unsalted, and melted
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 120 ml Water

For the filling:

  • 100 g Butter Unsalted, and softened
  • 100 g Brown Sugar Light
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon Ground

For the glaze:

  • 100 g Icing Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk


  • Combine the flour, caster sugar, salt, and instant yeast in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together whole milk, melted butter, and eggs.
  • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until a dough forms.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10-15 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Grease a bowl, put the dough in it, and cover it with cling film. Leave it in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/gas mark 6.
  • Grease a 23cm square baking tin.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to form a rectangle of about 40cm x 30cm.
  • For the filling, mix softened butter, light brown sugar, and ground cinnamon until smooth.
  • Spread the filling evenly over the dough’s surface.
  • Roll the dough tightly from the long edge to form a long sausage shape.
  • Cut the dough into slices of approximately 2.5cm thick, and place them in the greased baking tin.
  • Cover the tin with cling film and leave it in a warm place for another 30-45 minutes, or until the rolls have risen and are touching each other.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the rolls turn golden brown.
  • For the glaze, mix icing sugar and whole milk until it becomes smooth.
  • After the cinnamon rolls are cooked, let them cool in the tin for 5 minutes.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and serve them while they’re still warm.


  • Make sure the milk is not too hot when adding it to the dry ingredients to avoid killing the yeast.
  • You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment to knead the dough if you prefer.
  • Adding a tablespoon of honey to the glaze will make the cinnamon rolls softer.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 7gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 204mgPotassium: 99mgFibre: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 402IUVitamin C: 0.03mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Baked, Bread, Dessert, Food, Party Food, Recipe, Sweet
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