Cinnamon Roll Sticky Buns

Awesome cinnamon roll recipe to enjoy not only for breakfast, but anytime. This recipe stands on its own without frosting, but you can frost the rolls with your favorite type of buttercream or cream cheese frosting!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
12 rolls



  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup low-fat milk

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 large eggs


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup brown sugar, or to taste


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened


  1. Combine 2 cups flour, yeast, and cinnamon for dough in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

  2. Combine milk, sugar, and salt in a microwaveable bowl; microwave on high in 1-minute increments until very warm, but not hot to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add milk mixture to the dry ingredients; mix on low speed until combined. Add melted butter; mix until well combined. Mix in eggs until incorporated.

  4. Scrape the paddle attachment and switch to the dough hook. Mix in the remaining flour until dough is fairly easy to handle. Turn out into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place over a bowl of hot (not boiling) water and let rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  5. Punch dough down and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Spread softened butter evenly over the surface, then sprinkle with cinnamon, and finally brown sugar. Roll up the rectangle jelly roll-style and cut into 12 equal parts. Place the rolls flat on a parchment-covered cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Don't worry if they don't touch, they will continue to rise when baking.

  6. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  7. Bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining softened butter. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes:

Don't use fast-rising yeast.

You can use regular salt for sea salt, wheat flour for all-purpose, and shortening for butter. Any type of milk will work, except for skim.

When cutting the rolls, I use dental floss (crisscrossed) to keep dough roll from squishing down.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

482 Calories
22g Fat
65g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 482
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 179mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 154mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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