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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Moist and fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe. Homemade dough filled with cinnamon sugar and topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and walnuts.

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If there’s one thing I don’t like when it comes to desserts and baking, that’s kneading and working with dough. But I learnt that conquering your fears and pushing over your limits is the best way to become a better baker or pastry chef and a better person altogether, therefore once in a while I challenge myself to knead the most amazing dough and make the best baked goodie I can commit myself to.

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It’s actually quite therapeutic to see how a simple mix of liquids, flour and yeast can come together into an elastic dough as gluten starts to develop, then rise and puff up only to be baked later on into fluffy, delicious goodies that flood your house with the most amazing scent ever!

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This time it was the turn of cinnamon rolls – these fragrant baked goodies are a family favorite, we love them to bits! And for good reason! Imagine a fluffy roll studded with a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon, all topped with the creamiest, richest glaze ever, plus crunchy, rich walnuts for texture. A glass of warm milk next to it and you’re in the heaven of desserts and comfort food. It’s pure joy from the very first moment of mixing the dough to tasting it and it might actually make me love working with dough after all!

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Moist and fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon bread, easy cinnamon bread, easy cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Calories 946kcal
Servings 6
Author: Matt Ivan
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  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cups 150ml whole milk, warm
  • ¼ cup 50g sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup 50g granulated sugar
  • 3 2/3 cups 550g all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup 70g butter, melted


  • ½ cup 100g brown sugar,
  • ¼ cup 50g white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 1/3 cup 70g butter, softened


  • 1 cup 100g powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ of 8 oz package (100g) cream cheese
  • ¼ cup 50g butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 100g walnuts, chopped


Dough and filling

  • Start by mixing the yeast with warm milk. Allow to proof for 10 minutes then stir in ¼ cup (50g) of sugar, the sour cream, eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the flour then start kneading the dough, adding the melted butter gradually, while kneading. This can easily be done in a stand mixer or by hand. Knead for 5–10 minutes then place aside and allow the dough to start rising for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, knead the dough again for 5 minutes then allow it to rise on room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for 1 hour. You don’t need to knead the dough the second time, but I found that this yields an easier to work with dough that has an improved texture after baking as well.
  • In the meantime, mix the brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Place the dough on a floured working surface and roll it into a 11x15 inch (40x30cm) rectangle.
  • Spread the softened butter over the dough then top with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, pressing it slightly into the dough to make sure it sticks.
  • Roll the dough on its length as tight as possible then cut slices of dough and place them with the cut facing up in a baking tray lined with parchment paper, allowing enough room to rise once again.
  • Allow the rolls to rise for 30–40 minutes on room temperature.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 350F – 180C. When it’s hot enough, place the rolls in the oven and bake for 30–35 minutes or until fragrant, golden brown and slightly crusty. The best way to check for doneness is to insert a toothpick in the thickest part of the rolls. If the toothpick comes out without traces of raw dough, the rolls are done. If you can still see traces of dough, bake a few more minutes then check again.
  • When done, place the pan aside to cool to room temperature.


  • Mix the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and butter in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread the glaze over each cinnamon roll and top with chopped walnuts.
  • Serve right away or store in an airtight container to keep them soft and fresh all the time.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 946 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 501mg22%
Potassium 290mg8%
Carbohydrates 119g40%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1090IU22%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    These homemade cinnamon rolls look amazing! I’m saving this recipe to try it out this fall. I can imagine not only the heavenly taste of these with a glass of milk, but also the warm, delicious scent filling my home. Oana, thank you so much for sharing your baking talents, photos and recipe. I’ll be checking out more awesomeness at the Pastry Workshop..

    1. Thanks for the comment Denay and hope you truly enjoy them when you make it. Don’t forget the coffee! …as long as you’re a coffee drinker.

  2. These look amazing. I have a go to cinnamon roll recipe but I love taking a look at others and tweaking mine. The buttercream frosting with walnuts sounds amazing!!!

    1. You and me both Tamara. I haven’t made bread and homemade pizza and pie dough is about as adventurous as I get. But I plan to change that. Thanks!

  3. I arrived at your blog in pursuit of a recipe for Cherry Limeade Bars that I clicked on from Chattavore…well, I was immediately distracted by these beautiful cinnamon rolls! So much for Cherry Limeade Bars; I didn’t realize what I really wanted was cinnamon rolls. Lol. Will definitely have to give these a try on an upcoming weekend! 🙂

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