This is the result of a long line of experimenting and tweaking a cinnamon roll recipe I got the first time I went to the United States. I hope you enjoy it!


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 35 mins
2 hrs 25 mins
30 mins
12 cinnamon rolls


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cinnamon Roll Dough:
Cinnamon-Sugar Filling:
Cream Cheese Frosting:


Instructions Checklist
  • Pour milk into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until warm but not hot to the touch, 45 to 60 seconds. It should be about 105 degrees F (41 degrees C). Pour into the bowl of a standing mixer.

  • Add 1 tablespoon sugar and yeast to the warm milk. Stir and let sit (proof) until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup sugar, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract; stir with a dough hook until combined.

  • Add 4 cups flour, sea salt, and cinnamon; stir with the dough hook, starting on low speed and gradually increasing to high speed, until a large ball of smooth and slightly tacky dough is formed. Add 1 tablespoon flour at a time if dough seems too sticky, until a smooth ball is formed.

  • Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead with your hands until smooth and elastic, 3 to 5 minutes. Form into a ball and place inside a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a warm, damp towel and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • While the dough is rising, combine brown sugar, softened butter, and cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl until uniform throughout. Set aside.

  • Gently press the gas out of the dough and transfer to a large, floured work surface. Roll the dough into a 24x12-inch rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Spread the filling over the dough with greased hands or a greased spatula. Roll up the dough and cut into 12 equally sized rolls, about 2-inches long.

  • Line a 9x13-inch glass baking dish with lightly greased parchment paper. Place cinnamon rolls in the prepared baking dish in 4 rows of 3, evenly spaced. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

  • While the rolls are baking, beat together powdered sugar, cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla extract, and salt for frosting. Keep at room temperature while rolls bake.

  • Spread frosting on warm rolls. Let cool before serving.

Cook's Note:

Spreading the cinnamon-sugar filling can seem difficult but it gets easier as you spread it. Alternately, if you only combine the cinnamon and sugar, then you can use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter all over the dough. Then sprinkle the dough with cinnamon-sugar and pat it down gently to ensure it sticks.

Nutrition Facts

570 calories; protein 8.1g; carbohydrates 83.3g; fat 23.6g; cholesterol 93.9mg; sodium 255.1mg. Full Nutrition