Our 15 Best Cinnamon Roll Recipes

close up view of Overnight Cinnamon Rolls in a white baking dish, and a Cinnamon Roll on a plate
Photo: Mackenzie Schieck

Cinnamon rolls elicit oohs and aahs from one smell alone, but one bite into these pillowy pastries is akin to taking in a heavenly scene for the first time: it's almost overwhelming. We have dozens of cinnamon roll recipes on the Allrecipes site, all submitted by our community of cooks. But with years of use, some of these cinnamon rolls have risen to the top of the popularity pile. Here, we combined our best cinnamon roll recipes into one list; we also included two casseroles that make delicious use of cinnamon rolls if you have spares or want to try something a bit different and unique. Brew some coffee, and turn on the oven. It's time to make a batch of ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls.

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Ninety Minute Cinnamon Rolls

unbaked cinnamon rolls

More than 1700 people have given this cinnamon rolls recipe five stars, which tells you precisely how good it is — and why it's among our best cinnamon roll recipes. The dough is quick rising, thanks to instant yeast, which means you don't need to plan days in advance for this doughy, spiced treat. "Very easy and really took only 90 minutes!" wrote reviewer Christy Weber Stout. "I tried them both with muffin pans and in an 11 inch square pan. I liked them better in the square pan, they were not as dry but they took longer to cook."

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02 of 15

Homemade Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

If you can't or just don't eat gluten, the time may come that you do still crave these decadent pastries. The good news is these gluten-free cinnamon rolls are every bit as delicious as the gluten-filled kind. In fact, you might not even know they're gluten-free, says recipe creator Burnellfam08.

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Cinnamon Rolls III

Cinnamon Rolls III
Jesse Raschk

If you have a bread machine, this cinnamon rolls recipe is for you. You'll make the dough (often the most intimidating part of the recipe) in your machine. Then you need only let it rise a bit before you add the filling ingredients and roll the dough into spirals. The addition of instant pudding mix is unique, but it helps lend flavor and moisture to the dough. You can even make these the night before you plan to bake them, writes reviewer SAM M. "I make them the night before put them in the fridge and then set them out to rise and bake in the morning."

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Clone of a Cinnabon

a low angle, close up view of a plated cinnamon roll topped with creamy icing and sitting next to a casserole dish of remaining cinnamon rolls.
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

The name tells you what to expect: the ooey gooey, doughy sensation that is the cinnamon roll from a mall food court. But, with this recipe, you need not leave your house. More than 6600 people have given this recipe five stars. "We have already made this recipe twice and I just downloaded it three days ago!" writes reviewer Jaime.

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls I

looking down at a dish of cinnamon rolls with one on a plate
Mackenzie Schieck

Making cinnamon rolls is a bit of a waiting game. You need to give the dough time to rise, and then rise again so you get the airy texture that is synonymous with the perfect cinnamon roll. For this recipe, however, you can put some of those rising hours into the overnight. That way, when you rise and shine tomorrow, your rolls are risen and waiting for a warm oven.

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Danish Cinnamon Snails

Danish Cinnamon Snails

Americans would call "cinnamon snails" cinnamon rolls, writers recipe creator malene_2. But no matter what they're called, they're every bit as sweet and spicy as you want from a classic cinnamon roll. Cardamom is a special spice addition, and reviewer samclark says you shouldn't shy away from it. "It's your friend. Not many people know its in the ginger family, it's strong! and earthy, and slightly citrus in taste. That 1/2 tea. really make these pop!" they wrote.

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Bacon-Stuffed Cinnamon Roll Bites

Baked Bacon-Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls Cooling
Vanessa Greaves

What could be better than a cinnamon roll with a slice or two of bacon? How about a cinnamon roll stuffed with a slice or two of bacon? These cinnamon rolls turn refrigerated cinnamon roll dough into a wow-worthy brunch presentation. And even if you're not making the dough from scratch, you've elevated it a bit with a strip of meaty, fatty bacon. And that's a thing of beauty.

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No-Knead Cinnamon Rolls

No-Knead Cinnamon Rolls
Pam Ziegler Lutz

If working with dough is a hindrance to you making homemade cinnamon rolls, this recipe offers another solution: no kneading. You'll turn to a bread maker for the work of making the dough. "These are gobbled up as soon as family sees them," writes recipe creator Stephanie Knewasser. "I'll never try another cinnamon roll recipe, because I think these are the best."

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Mom's Good Cinnamon Rolls

Mom's Good Cinnamon Rolls

Mom knows best, so if these are her good cinnamon rolls, we're all in for making this on a casual Saturday morning. MISS_MARSH, who shared the recipe, wrote, "I watched mom make these rolls when I was young and have always loved how easy they are to make!"

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Yeast-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

Can't find yeast at the store or forgot to get a few envelopes the last time you were there? No worries. You can still make downright fantastic cinnamon rolls without the yeast, and what's more, you'll have them faster than if you used a traditional recipe. "Do yourself a favor and make these cinnamon rolls!" writes reviewer MrsK. "This recipe was so unbelievably easy, I almost wanted to cry! No yeast, no waiting for the dough to rise!"

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Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Using a cake mix is a genius way to speed up prep and maximize flavor. "This is the best, most flavorful cinnamon rolls," writes reviewer KLBIENEK. "I have tried various recipes & this one has my family always asking for more... I even enjoy making them... They always turn out great!"

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Chef John's Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Chef John Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Chef John

Pumpkin puree adds a unique flavor element to these cinnamon rolls. With hints of autumn and pumpkin spice, these cinnamon rolls will slip you into a state of fall dreaming. Reviewers suggest you go easy on the flour for the lightest, softest dough possible.

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Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls

Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls

"If I could give this 10 stars, I would," writes reviewer Lexan. "It is by far the best and easiest cinnamon bun recipe out there. I follow the dough recipe to the T, then vary the fillings."

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Easy Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Easy Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Chef Mo

This may not be your traditional cinnamon roll pastry, but everything important about a cinnamon roll is here: namely, the cinnamon rolls. This recipe uses refrigerated cinnamon roll dough, but you could use your favorite roll's dough instead. Then it's topped with pecans, maple syrup, and of course the cinnamon roll icing.

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Banana Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Banana Cinnamon Roll Casserole

If you have leftover cinnamon rolls from the weekend brunch, this recipe makes sure they don't go to waste. With four stale cinnamon rolls, you can create an all-new brunch treat that's reminiscent of French toast casserole. "I had some left over cinnamon rolls that had become stale and still wanted to use them so I came up with this recipe and it was a huge hit at my Sunday brunch," writes recipe creator megannp. And we're all about reducing food waste!

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