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Cinnamon Rolls II

Rated as 4.54 out of 5 Stars

"I make these the night before and bake them in the morning. My family and friends can't stay out of them. They are very moist and decadently rich."
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2 h 25 m servings 331
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen)


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  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in the butter; stir until melted. Add water and let cool until lukewarm.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk mixture, yeast, white sugar, salt, eggs and 2 cups flour; stir well to combine. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into two pieces. Roll each piece into a 12x9 inch rectangle. In a bowl, stir together the cinnamon and brown sugar. Spread each piece with half of the butter, half of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough, using a little water to seal the seam.
  4. Cut each roll into 12 slices using a very sharp knife or dental floss. Place rolls onto two 9x13 inch greased baking pans. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
  6. To make frosting; combine confectioner's sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add milk gradually until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Spread over warm (but not hot) cinnamon rolls.


  • Editor's Note:
  • To make these ahead of time, follow the recipe up to step 4. Arrange on baking sheets but do not let the rolls rise. Cover rolls with greased plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The rolls will rise slowly during the night. The next morning, remove the plastic wrap, set the baking sheets on the counter, and set aside for about 20 minutes while preheating the oven. Bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 331 calories; 10.4 55.5 4.7 42 181 Full nutrition

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Great recipe - even easier to pull off the second time around. A few lessons I discovered: 1) As others mention, use 8oz of cream cheese in frosting, not 3 oz as listed in recipe. Turns out pe...

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I am not really sure how to review this recipe since I did not follow it exactly. I have some experience with sweet breads and I was puzzled by a couple of things with this recipe. First of all...

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Great recipe - even easier to pull off the second time around. A few lessons I discovered: 1) As others mention, use 8oz of cream cheese in frosting, not 3 oz as listed in recipe. Turns out pe...

This recipe is the best one I've ever tried for cinnamon rolls, and I'm really picky. I did, however, do a couple things differently: 1) let the stand mixer knead it, which transformed it from...

This recipe is easily halved :) As for refrigerating the night before baking, I let the dough rise for an hour before I shape it into rolls. Then after shaped into rolls, I put in pan in fridge...

very good recipe. One tip i would suggest is that after letting the milk mixture cool down some add the sugar and yeast first. also you want the liquid to be around 105 - 115 degrees F. if yo...

Good recipe but as a professional baker I would suggest to put all dry ingredients in bowl ( I also added 2tbls of glueton to flour (found in grocery store with the flour) this gives it a lighte...

I made this recipe for my boyfriend and his co-workers, (they're firemen). They absolutely loved them. Now they all want the recipe so that they can have their wives/girlfriends make them at hom...

If you're a novice (like me) or looking for a compilation of most useful reviews, I'm listing the tips I found most helpful for these HEAVENLY rolls. I'd never used active yeast or made 'real' b...

These were well worth the effort. As for making ahead of time, I wasn't sure at what point to stop, so I made the rolls and put them in the pan - then placed in fridge. Got up early to let the...

These are absolutely divine! I was very nervous about these, as they were my first cinnamon rolls and I can have difficulties using yeast. I made these the night before, put them in the fridge...