classic cinnamon rolls

The BEST cinnamon rolls EVER

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon roll recipe, cinnamon rolls, homemade cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
rise times 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 52 minutes
Servings 15 rolls
Calories 413kcal
Author Ashlee Marie



  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C water warmed, between 110°f and 115°f.
  • 8 Tbsp butter melted (then cooled to 110°fi-sh)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk warmed
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 lrg egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 C all purpose flour


  • 8 Tbsp butter softened
  • 3/4 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon


  • 8 oz full fat cream cheese softened
  • 4 Tbsp butter softened
  • 2 1/2 -3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • lightly stir the yeast, sugar and warm water together in the bottom of your mixing bowl
  • let sit 5-10 mins (until double is size) to activate the yeast
  • With the mixer on low add the milk, butter, sugar, egg and salt
  • Add the flour 1 C at a time you want the dough to be slightly sticky - but just starting to pull away from the sides.
  • Pour it into a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel and let rise, someplace warm, until doubled in size, about 60 mins.
  • flour your counter top and pour the dough on to it, press it out into a rectangle then roll it out to about 15-26 inches or so. It will be about 1/4 inch thick and give you more swirls this way. You want it thin, that will give you more twists, about 1/4 inch thick
  • cover the dough from edge to edge with the soft butter. Use it all, don't be stingy.
  • mix the sugars and cinnamon and cover it entirely, again use it all, it will be thick.
  • Starting at the shorter side start rolling up along the long side.
  • using non flavored floss cut into 15 pieces
  • line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and place the pieces down
  • let rise a second time until poofy - and almost completely filling the pan - about 60 mins
  • Bake at 375 for 22-25 mins
  • Beat the frosting ingredients together and spread over warm rolls



Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 689IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg