Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls

Last week in honor of Mother’s Day I was going to write about a super easy dessert to keep all the mama’s out of the kitchen.  Then Missouri ended up getting a bunch of storms and we ended up getting 3 inches of rain over the weekend.  And anytime it rains I have to be baking.  So instead of a super easy dessert I decided to spend most of the day in/out of the kitchen making cinnamon rolls.  In the end I should have just made the cookies, find out why 🙂

These cinnamon rolls are not hard but they are time consuming.  I’ll break down how I make them so it doesn’t seem as overwhelming.  Do you have trouble using yeast?  Omg this took me years to master.  I’ll share my secret to making sure your yeast “poofs” every time.  This works on ALL  recipes not just for cinnamon rolls.  You can thank me later 🙂

Let’s get starting making yummy cinnamon rolls

The secret to making your cinnamon rolls poof is to get the temperature of the milk correct.  Too cold or hot it won’t work!  The easiest way I have found to make it fool proof is to microwave the milk.  I put 1 cup of milk in a glass measuring cup and heat it up for one minute.  Then I add the packet of yeast.  Whisk and once it bubbles a little I add the sugar and whisk some more.

cinnamon rolls

Note to self, next time stop whisking while I take the picture 🙂  Put this aside while you mix the rest of the ingredients.  It is much easier to use a mixer.  Mix the butter, eggs, salt and flour.  Once this has been mixed add your milk/yeast mixture, slowly.

cinnamon rolls

The dough will become very sticky.  This is how you know it is ready.  Dump it out on a floured surface.  I use about 1/4 cup of flour.  This is where the workout begins.  Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

cinnamon rolls

After you have done that you can grease a clean bowl.  Instead of butter I use cooking spray and just spray the inside of the bowl.  Lay the dough in the bowl and cover with a towel.  Make sure to put the bowl in a warm spot so the dough can rise.  This part takes the longest and every time I start to wonder if I did something wrong.  It takes 1 1/2 hours in my house for this part.

cinnamon rolls

Should have take a picture of the next part, but I forgot.  Once the dough has risen roll it out on the floured surface again.  You will spread melted butter over the surface and then add the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture.  Roll the cinnamon rolls up.  Then make eleven cuts for 12 cinnamon rolls.  I practice once before I actually cut to make sure I have spaced them evenly and correctly.  Let them rise AGAIN for 15 minutes.

I don’t know about you but yeast has to be one of the most high maintenance things when it comes to cooking.

cinnamon rolls

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes then perfection 🙂

cinnamon rolls

You will notice a couple of the cinnamon rolls have extra cinnamon mixture.  When I cut them the cinnamon mixture always leaks out.  I take that and spread on top of some of the cinnamon rolls.  Urban doesn’t like cinnamon that much so I only do it to a couple of them.  At this point you can pour your icing over the top.  If these are for later I would wait and heat the rolls up and then put the icing on right before serving.

cinnamon rolls

Yum!  And finally why should I have just made the cookies?  My mom showed up Sunday afternoon wanting to know what cookies I had made.  Anybody that comes to my house knows 9 out of 10 times I will have cookies!  As I am typing this I feel like my Grandma 🙂  She always had cookies at her house.  Sadly there was no cookies and there wasn’t any cinnamon rolls either.  By Sunday afternoon they were gone!

Being the good sports my parents are, they said they would try back another day, ha.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls


  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 c milk; heat in microwave for 1 minute
  • 1 packet fast rising yeast
  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ c melted butter
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 l eggs
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour + a little for handling
  • Cinnamon Roll Filling
  • 1 c dark brown sugar
  • 2½ T cinnamon
  • ½ c melted butter
  • Cinnamon Roll Icing
  • 2 T butter softened
  • 1 t McCormick Vanilla
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 T Milk


  1. Take 1 cup milk from fridge and heat in the microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in 1/2 cup sugar and packet of yeast
  3. Sit aside
  4. In mixing bowl mix 1/2 c melted butter, 1/2 t salt 2 eggs and 4 1/2 cups flour. Once this is mixed add milk/yeast mixture slowly.
  5. Take mixture and roll out on floured surface; knead for 5 minutes
  6. Get clean mixing bowl and spray the inside of bowl with cooking spray. Put mixture in the bowl and let stand. At my house this takes 1 1/2 hours. Just to give you an FYI.
  7. Once the cinnamon rolls have risen take out of the bowl and put back on the floured surface.
  8. Roll out
  9. Spread melted butter on surface
  10. Mix the cinnamon and dark brown sugar together and then spread on cinnamon rolls
  11. Roll up the cinnamon rolls and slice 11 times to make 12 rolls
  12. Let stand for 15 more minutes
  13. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes
  14. While they bake make your icing - 2 T butter softened, 1 t McCormick Vanilla, 2 C powered sugar, and 1 T milk
  15. Once the cinnamon rolls have baked you can spread the icing. I like putting the icing on when they are still hot.

If you try this recipe let me know how it works out.

Do you have any special secrets when you work with yeast?

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    1. My husband tells me I need to stop having all the baking stuff on hand 🙂 He says whenever I start to bake he starts to gain weight. I think anything homemade is better. I tease my boys that it is because I add a dash of love to all of my recipes.

  1. I have never made cinnamon rolls, although rumour has it my husband used to make them. We’ve been together 14 years now and I’ve never seen him do it! I do make breads from time to time, but I’m still in the learning curve for yeast as well. Your recipe does make them look fairly easy though!

    1. Learning to work with yeast is tough. It took me years before I learned the secret of microwaving the milk. I stumbled across it one day when I was trying to make homemade rolls.

    1. There are one of my favorites too 🙂 Before I had kids I would just buy them but after three boys and a husband it got to be too expensive. Even now 12 cinnamon rolls last one day! We all have a terrible habit of snacking on them throughout the day after we have them for breakfast that morning.

  2. Oh my goodness, these look good! There’s nothing like homemade cinnamon rolls and yours look fantastic. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Followed you on Pinterest. Hope to ‘see’ you at Hearth and Soul again this week!

    1. Thanks so much 🙂 I make a dozen at a time and they last 1 day!! We have them for breakfast and then we snack on them the rest of the day 🙂

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