The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls you’ve been craving are right here! This soft, fluffy recipe with the perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar, is topped with the most luscious cream cheese frosting. They’re so dreamy!

single plate of homeade cinnamon rolls

When we say the BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, we don’t say it lightly. This recipe beats Cinnabon (gasp!) any day of the week. They’re like little pillows of perfection, with a cream cheese frosting you could eat by the spoon. We can still remember special weekend mornings, waking up to the smell of our mom’s freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Whip up a batch of these scrumptious rolls for your family this weekend!

homemade cinnamon roll with fingers pulling a piece up

Can You Make Cinnamon Rolls Ahead of Time?

This cinnamon roll recipe is the perfect thing to make the night or day before, freeing up plenty of time for lazy morning snuggling and relaxing. There are two times you can refrigerate the dough:

  1. After it is kneaded and before the first rise.
  2. After the dough has risen and is shaped.

Cover the shaped dough and keep in the fridge for up to a day. When you’re ready to bake, unwrap slightly and let it rise until doubled. Then bake, frost, and enjoy!

close up of homemade cinnamon roll on a white plate

Can Homemade Cinnamon Rolls be Frozen?

Absolutely! Again, there are a couple of ways you can do this:

  1. Freeze them in the pan, unrisen and unbaked. When you’re ready to sink your teeth into sweet, yummy goodness, remove from the freezer and allow them to rise before baking.
  2. You can freeze them after they’re baked but before they’re frosted. Remove, allow to thaw and give them a nice thick coat of creamy frosting.

How to Reheat Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

It’s so easy to reheat this delicious cinnamon roll recipe. To reheat from frozen, thaw them on the counter until room temperature. You can pop the whole batch into the oven for about 20 minutes until heated all the way through. Or, you can microwave individual rolls for about 45 seconds, then stick them in the oven for a couple of minutes for fresh baked crust.

homemade cinnamon roll with swirls of cream cheese frosting

The Best Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls

Arguably, the best part of this cinnamon roll recipe is the creamy cream cheese frosting. Sweet but not too sweet, with a rich cream cheese flavor that complements the fluffy rolls to perfection. And if you frost them while they’re still warm, the luscious icing melts down into the sweet crevices. We always use our famous Cream Cheese Frosting for this recipe (see recipe card below). It is simply scrumptious!

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hand pulling up piece of homemade cinnamon roll

Homemade Cinnamon With Pecans or Raisins

Why mess with perfection? Fluffy rolls and decadent frosting is perfect on its own, but if you’re like a few relatives we know, you can absolutely add nuts or raisins to this recipe. After you roll out the dough, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture and add pecans, raisins, or any other ingredient you like, then roll it up and slice.

How to Slice Cinnamon Roll Dough

Once you roll up your dough into a “tube” shape you will want to slice off each individual roll (this is actually my favorite part). Don’t do this with a knife if you can help it! It will make it so your dough un-rolls and it will most-likely be uneven. The easiest thing to do is to get about 2 feet of dental floss and place it under the rolled dough, 1 inch from the end. Bring the floss up around the dough and cross it over the top, cutting through the dough and filling. Repeat at 1-inch intervals. WAY easier than using a knife.

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How to Make The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Plate with homemade cinnamon roll

The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

4.93 from 14 votes
The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls you’ve been craving are right here!  This soft, fluffy cinnamon roll recipe with the perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar, is topped with the most luscious cream cheese frosting. They’re so dreamy!
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 18 mins
cooling time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 18 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 24 rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons yeast (quick rise)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 1/2 cups bread flour divided (all-purpose flour works fine also)
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Cinnamon Filling:

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Heat milk in microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl or heavy mixer combine milk, softened butter, salt and sugar. Mix together until butter is melted. 
  • Add eggs one at a time and 3 cups flour. Mix for 2 minutes. Add yeast mixture and 2 cups flour. Mix well. 
  • Let dough sit for 10 minutes. (If using a standing mixer…now is the time to change to a dough hook!) Continue to mix while slowly adding remaining 2 ½ cups flour. Dough will start pulling away from the sides of the bowl, but is still quite sticky. Beat 3 more minutes. 
  • Coat another large bowl with 2 tablespoons oil. Take dough out of mixing bowl and place in oiled bowl, turning over once to coat each side. Place clean towel over bowl and let raise in a warm spot for 45 minutes. 
  • After 45 minutes, put dough out onto floured surface. Knead by hand, adding a little flour if needed. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH FLOUR! You want dough to remain very soft! 
  • With rolling pin, roll dough into a rectangle shape about the size of a jelly roll pan (11×15 inch) and 1/4-½ inch thick.
  • Melt ⅓ cup butter in microwave for 30 seconds or until just melted. Spread over dough. 
  • Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar and ¾ cup brown sugar over butter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of sugars. Top with nuts if desired. 
  • Roll up starting with the long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 1 inch rolls (see notes above on how to do this) and place on greased cookie sheet or in 2 9×13 glass baking pans. 
  • Cover and let rise another 45 minutes. 
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 16-20 minutes or until lightly browned (Do NOT over-bake). Cool for 10 minutes before frosting. 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. 
  • Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing constantly, until desired consistency is reached. (you may not need ALL of the powdered sugar) 
  • Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 341mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 2gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 530IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. This looks delicious! I am working on my first batch now! I plan to freeze the cinnamon roll dough. Does anyone know if you can make the cream cheese frosting ahead of time and freeze as well? Thank you in advance!

  2. 4 stars
    I used fresh yeast and followed the recipe but didn`t get the rise. Was it the kneading, too much mixing, or something else. I used all purpose flour. would like to perfect this! Please help, Thanks in advance.

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