My husband was the inspiration for this recipe. These rolls are extremely tasty and are not heavy. The secret to this recipe lies in the frosting. As they say the easiest way to a man's heart is through his stomach!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the cake mix, salt and vanilla; stir well to combine. Stir in the flour; beat well. Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  • Deflate dough and turn it out onto a well floured surface. Roll dough out into a rectangle and spread with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll up dough and cut into 3/4 inch thick rolls. Place rolls in two lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake rolls in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. While rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar, 1/3 cup butter, vanilla and milk. Let rolls cool slightly then spread with frosting.

Nutrition Facts

285.8 calories; 3.5 g protein; 50.4 g carbohydrates; 17.2 mg cholesterol; 212.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (96)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
These are the best cinnamon buns we have ever had!! My family cannot get enough. The only adjustments I've made are reducing the flour to 4 cups and doubling the yellow cake mix to 18 oz. This makes the dough a little sweeter. They are to die for. Thanks for the recipe!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2010
Everyone gave this one lots of stars but I guess I went wrong somehow with this one. My dough was really sticky so had a rough time rolling it out. I'm thinking maybe the cake mix I picked was too moist. I had to add so much flour to get the dough to roll until I think it too away from the flavor. I don't work with dough/yeast much so hopefully next time I can tweak the recipe and it will come out better. Read More
(7)
109 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 76
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
These are the best cinnamon buns we have ever had!! My family cannot get enough. The only adjustments I've made are reducing the flour to 4 cups and doubling the yellow cake mix to 18 oz. This makes the dough a little sweeter. They are to die for. Thanks for the recipe!!! Read More
(71)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
These are the best cinnamon buns we have ever had!! My family cannot get enough. The only adjustments I've made are reducing the flour to 4 cups and doubling the yellow cake mix to 18 oz. This makes the dough a little sweeter. They are to die for. Thanks for the recipe!!! Read More
(71)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2008
Great recipe! Made the following changes after reading the reviews... used 2 cup water the entire pkg. of cake mix; reduced the flour to 4 cups and increased the vanilla extract to 2 tsps just for added flavor. Recipe turned out great! My family was in awe since this was my very first batch of cinnamon rolls to ever bake that didn't come from a can! I also used Janni's recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting II to top these just because we love cream cheese! Thanks again for a great recipe this is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
The prep time was incorrect. Sorry for the misprint. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
Very good. Tastes almost as good at the amish cinnamon rolls that are popular here. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2005
These cinnamon rolls were great. I put everything in my bread maker and ran the dough cycle. When the cycle was finished I rolled them out and followed the recipe except for adding brown sugar instead of white sugar. I have tried other recipes before and these are the best ones I've ever made. They were a big hit! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2004
This was the first time I'd attempted cinnamon rolls and what a great way to start! Simple to make and far too easy to eat...! The frosting is by far the best I've ever tasted; quite sweet but delicious. My only complaint was that there wasn't a ton of cinnamon flavour and no drippy gooey cinnamon-sugar concoction oozing from the rolls (my favourite part!). I'll definitely use the recipe for the dough and for the icing but will probably tweak the cinnamon-sugar mixture by using about 2 to 2 1/2 cups of brown sugar in place of the white and increasing the cinnamon significantly as well. Beyond that these were excellent! Thanks Jamie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
I've made these cinnamon rolls several times. They are easy and delicious. I usually leave them in the oven overnight and bake them in the morning. I like to top them with a cream cheese frosting and walnuts. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2005
I followed the recipe to a tee BUT I let it rise once then covered and put the dough in the fridge til morning. In the morning I took out of refridgerator and let it rest at room temp. for 1/2 hour before assembly. It worked thank goodness they were yummy and we will definately make them again. I must have messed up the frosting cuz it was way too thick (but still way too yummy). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
Everything about the recipe was great....it's just that it says the prep time is 1 minute. Well from reading the directions you can already tell there is no way you can do all that in one minute. So next time THINK ABOUT IT!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2010
Everyone gave this one lots of stars but I guess I went wrong somehow with this one. My dough was really sticky so had a rough time rolling it out. I'm thinking maybe the cake mix I picked was too moist. I had to add so much flour to get the dough to roll until I think it too away from the flavor. I don't work with dough/yeast much so hopefully next time I can tweak the recipe and it will come out better. Read More
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