Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade cinnamon rolls topped with sweet cream cheese frosting


Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 cup warm milk

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons + 1/2 cup sugar, divided

  • 2 packets active dry yeast

  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups flour

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tsp warm spice or ground cinnamon

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Roll Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream


  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, warm milk, and 1 1/2 tablespoons. Let sit for 10 minutes.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and spices.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the remaining sugar, eggs, yeast mixture, butter, and vanilla. Using the dough hook attachment on a stand mixer, begin to combine the mixture, gradually adding the flour mixture until the dough forms a ball.

  4. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface, and kneed for at least 5 minutes.

  5. Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover, place in a warm place, and let rise for a least an hour.

  6. While the dough rises, make the roll filling by combining the butter, sugar, and cinnamon, mixing until combined.

  7. After the dough has doubled in size, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 24 x 12” rectangle on a floured surface.

  8. Use a spatula to evenly spread the filling over the dough.

  9. Roll up dough, and use a sharp knife to cut the rolls into 12 equal-sized rolls.

  10. Place the rolls in a parchment paper-lined cast iron pan or baking dish. Cover and let rise until they double in size.

  11. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

  12. While the rolls bake, use a mixer to combine the cream cheese, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and milk and mix until combined.

  13. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and spread the desired amount of cream cheese frosting on top of the rolls while warm.

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