Cinnamon Rolls

Delicious homemade Cinnamon Rolls. These Cinnamon Rolls are big fluffy and soft, perfect for getting cosy on the couch while the rain and wind batter your window outside.

It wouldn’t be Autumn/Winter without a Cinnamon Roll, would it?

The Cinnamon Rolls are super easy to make and even more delicious. They are perfect cold or heated up on a winters evening.

How do I make the Dough?

I don’t have any doughy recipes on my blog so this is a first! YAY! I have been trying to expand on recipes in my blog and thought this would be perfect. It is also one of my favourite Autumnal recipes.

For me cinnamon is such a Christmassy flavour. The only time I really ever bake with it is in the last few months of the year. When these Cinnamon Rolls are baking they make your kitchen smell incredible!

To make these I started by mixing together the sugar, flour and yeast in a bowl to make sure it was all evenly distributed.

Next I added in the butter and mixed using the paddle attachment on my KitchenAid. You could also rub the butter into the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.

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Before I added the milk to the mixture I warmed it up in the microwave. For me it took around 2 and a half minutes. You don’t want the milk to be boiling you want it to be warm and when you remove it from the microwave for it to be steaming.

If you don’t have a microwave you could also warm the milk up in a saucepan over a low heat.

Add the warm milk to your dry ingredients along with the eggs and vanilla and knead the dough.

I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid to knead. The mixture will seem very wet and sticky to begin with but just keep with it. It will come together and become lovely and smooth.

Once your dough is lovely and kneaded put it in your lightly oiled bowl and leave until the dough is doubled in size. Mine took around an hour and a half but it could take up to two hours.

How do I make the Cinnamon Filling?

The cinnamon filling is so easy to make, just add brown sugar and cinnamon to a bowl and mix. Depending on how cinnamony you want your rolls to be you can add slightly more or slightly less. Leave this to one side while you make the rolls.

How do I make the Cinnamon Rolls?

Once your dough has risen, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll into a large rectangle measuring roughly 35cm x 25cm. You want to make sure the thickness of your dough is even all the way around your rectangle so it makes it easier to roll.

Melt the butter and spread this over the dough. Next sprinkle over your cinnamon filling the melted butter helps the filling stick.

You want the cinnamon filling to be as even as possible over the top of your dough.

Now you want to roll up your dough. You want to roll the dough up longest end to longest end so that you cut cut into your 12 pieces and make quite thick cinnamon rolls. If you do it short end to short end you will end up with small but super thick rolls.

I hope this makes sense. I really wish I had taken a photo it would have made it more easy to understand.

Once your cinnamon rolls are rolled. Cut them into twelve equal pieces.

Place them into your roasting tin. When you place them into your tin make sure there is a gap between all the rolls and cover with cling film. You will know the rolls are finished proving when they have doubled in size and are now touching. Mine took around an hour.

After 45 minutes preheat the oven. Bake your cinnamon rolls in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are lovely and golden brown and cooked through.

How do I Decorate my Cinnamon Rolls?

Once your cinnamon rolls are cooked and have completely cooled you can decorate them. I decorated them with a simple white icing, which is slightly different than the buttercream I use on my Vanilla Cupcakes and Vanilla Cake recipes.

The icing for the cinnamon rolls is super easy to make and tastes absolutely epic.

Add your icing sugar to a bowl and add in the vanilla and water. Mix until a thick paste is formed and voila you have your icing to decorate.

I then drizzles and smoothed over the top of my cinnamon rolls and just look at how delicious they look!

I don’t like Cinnamon is there any alternatives?

You can use anything in the centre. If you use the butter and sugar and then you could use melted chocolate with freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries. Then decorate the top with fresh strawberries or raspberries.

You could also melt Nutella and spread that over then sprinkle over the sugar and maybe some chopped Hazelnuts. Or why not spread over some Biscoff and sprinkle over the sugar?

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Cinnamon Rolls

Sarah Mark
Delicious homemade Cinnamon Rolls. These Cinnamon Rolls are big fluffy and soft, perfect for getting cosy on the couch while the rain and wind batter your window outside.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 53 mins
Servings 12 rolls

Ingredients
  

For the Cinnamon Rolls

  • 475 g Plain Flour
  • 14 g Dried Active Yeast
  • 75 g Caster Sugar
  • 75 g Unsalted Butter or Stork
  • 270 ml Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg

For the Filling

  • 2-3 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 150 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 60 g Unsalted Butter or Stork

For the Decoration

  • 375 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 70 ml Water

Instructions
 

To Make the Dough

  • Add the flour to a large bowlalong with the sugar and yeast. Mix together until they are evenly distributed.
  • Add the butter to the mixtureand mix again. The mixture will be very dry and shouldn’t ball up. It shouldform bread crumbs. Leave to one side.
  • Heat the milk in the microwaveon 20 second bursts until it is warm. You don’t want it to be boiling but it should have steam coming from the bowl. Alternatively you can heat the milk upin a saucepan on a low heat.
  • Add the milk, vanilla and eggto the dry ingredients.
  • Knead the dough together untilit is lovely and smooth and springy to touch. The can take 10-15 minutes ifdoing it with a KitchenAid and Dough Hook so don’t worry just stick with it.
  • Once you have kneaded yourdough transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl and cover using cling film. You needto leave the dough to rise for 1-2 hours or until it is double in size.

To Make The Filling

  • Once the dough has doubled insize make the filling.
  • In a separate bowl add thebrown sugar and cinnamon and mix until evenly distrubted. Leave to one side.

To Make the Rolls

  • Transfer the dough onto alightly floured surface and roll out to a large rectangle.
  • Melt the butter in themicrowave on 20 second bursts until it is completely melted and smooth.Alternatively you can melt it in a saucepan on a low heat.
  • Brush the melted butter over the top of your dough.
  • Sprinkle over the sugar and cinnamon mix. Ensuring that there is an even coating of sugar over your dough.
  • Roll the dough from long side to long side. Cut this evenly into 12 pieces.
  • Place the rolls into yourpreprepared roasting tray so that they are not touching. Cover in cling filmand leave to rise again. This will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes or untilthe rolls are touching.
  • Towards the end of the doughrising preheat the oven to 180C (160C Fan).
  • Bake your cinnamon rolls in theoven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool fully.

To Make the Icing

  • Once your cinnamon rolls are completelycooled in a bowl add the icing sugar, vanilla and 10ml of water and mix. Addthe water 10ml at a time stirring in between each addition you want the icingto be thick.
  • Spread the icing over the topof your cinnamon rolls.

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45 Comments

  • Mark Crone

    14 November 2020 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    Just gorgeous! Nothing else I can say other than they are so good when still warm from the oven…

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:28 pm

      They are incredible still warm from the oven.

  • Sophie | Love and Literature

    14 November 2020 at 5:23 pm

    These look delicious! Oh yes, it isn’t Christmas without a scrummy Cinnamon roll!

    Sophie x

  • Lauren

    14 November 2020 at 7:57 pm

    I love cinnamon rolls but I’ve never made them. These look delicious, I’m definitely going to be giving them a go.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:29 pm

      I hope you enjoy making and eating them! If you do make them please remember and tag me or use #aspoonofvanilla I love being able to see everyone’s delicious cakes

  • Della

    14 November 2020 at 9:24 pm

    5 stars
    These look incredible! I want to eat them all xx

    http://www.dellalovesnutella.co.uk/

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you!

  • Helen

    14 November 2020 at 9:54 pm

    5 stars
    I loooove cinnamon rolls. These ones look lush! Luckily they can easily be made vegan. So good!

    Helen
    Tea in the Tub

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:31 pm

      They could so easily be made vegan! I hope you enjoy them let me know what you think.

  • Lee

    15 November 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I am bossed with cinnamon buns but because of my Scandinavian connection – I never get frosting and yours looks sooooo good

  • Brenda West

    15 November 2020 at 9:52 pm

    5 stars
    Looks absolutely delicious!! All I would need is a hot cup of coffee!!! Can wait to try the recipe!! 🙂

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you I hope you enjoy it!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    17 November 2020 at 10:04 am

    5 stars
    I have a confession… I’ve never tried a cinnamon roll! But they look and sound absolutely delish so I’d love to try one and might make it a goal for next year to actually try one haha!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Oh my goodness! Never? They are amazing! Especially at this time of year, baking them and the entire kitchen smells cinnamony and festive they are perfect for Autumn/Winter

  • Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    17 November 2020 at 11:13 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing, these look amazing and yummy 🙂

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you!

  • Damion Founde

    17 November 2020 at 11:41 am

    5 stars
    This looks yummy! Definitely going to give it a go!
    Thanks

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them

  • Eleanor

    17 November 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I love cinnamon rolls and these look like fantastic choices for an Autumn bake 🙂

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      26 November 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you! They are the perfect Autumnal bake!

  • Adriana

    17 November 2020 at 1:15 pm

    4 stars
    Hola,

    Those cinnamon rolls look amazing. I’m going to try your recipe soon.

    Adriana

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 November 2020 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy! If you do make them please share them on social media by either tagging me or using #aspoonofvanilla so I can check them out.

  • Allison

    18 November 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls for the past week, so this is perfect!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 November 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you!

  • Minifoxychicky

    20 November 2020 at 5:57 am

    5 stars
    This looks incredible, thank you for sharing. I will have to try this recipe as I haven’t made a good Cinnamon Roll in forever.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 November 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy! If you do make them please share them on social media by either tagging me or using #aspoonofvanilla so I can check them out.

  • Lisa | Mind and Body Intertwined

    22 November 2020 at 2:41 pm

    5 stars
    I don’t know why, but I have an insatiable craving for cinnamon buns lately, so this comes at the perfect timing! I’ve not made them myself yet, so I’m really looking forward to try this recipe.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 November 2020 at 9:42 pm

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • Jeanine Byers

    22 November 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Oh my goodness! This sounds so delicious I can almost smell it baking in the oven. You know, I have been wanting to learn to bake. Especially if we go deeper and longer into lockdown. So I am glad to have discovered your blog!!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 November 2020 at 9:41 pm

      The smell of cinnamon rolls. Baking is such an amazing way to destress and forget what is going on outside it would be the perfect hobby to take up during lockdown.

  • Tiffany McCullough – Metaphysicalmama

    22 November 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my goodness!! These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 November 2020 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you for checking it out!

  • Baby Boomer Super Saver

    30 November 2020 at 6:24 am

    5 stars
    Wow, these cinnamon rolls are impressive! I’m glad you showed how they looked before as well as after applying the frosting. Perfect little spirals and so beautiful! I’m going to share this recipe with my husband, he loves cinnamon rolls.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      2 December 2020 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you! I hope your husband enjoys them if he makes them.

  • Hayley

    6 December 2020 at 7:02 pm

    I absolutely love cinnamon rolls! They are one of the things you can make that taste pretty much like the brand that sells them..in this case, Cinnabon! Will never get bored of these they are so good

    Hayley || hayleyxmartin

  • Amanda

    8 December 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Holy moly! This is going to have to be Christmas Eve breakfast! Thanks so much for sharing

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      12 December 2020 at 3:59 pm

      Oooh these would be perfect for Christmas Eve breakfast I never thought of that but I think I am going to have to have them too!

  • Sophie | Love and Literature

    8 December 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Aw, I love cinnamon rolls so much! I always associate cinnamon with Christmas so I always bake more of these at this time of year. I’ll definitely be referring back to this recipe later this week, thanks for sharing! x

    Sophie | http://www.loveandliterature.co.uk

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      12 December 2020 at 3:59 pm

      Me too! I think the only time I bake with cinnamon is at Christmas. I hope you enjoy them. If you do make them please tag me on social media or use #aspoonofvanilla so I can see them!

  • Mark Crone

    23 December 2020 at 1:13 pm

    5 stars
    Gorgeous! Admittedly, I’m an infrequent eater of cinnamon rolls but these are perfect for a holiday treat. The perfect holiday morning treat! Thanks for sharing,

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 December 2020 at 8:08 pm

      They are the perfect morning treat and make your kitchen smell incredible and festive

  • Cristina Rosano

    23 December 2020 at 2:20 pm

    I absolutely love cinnamon rolls! The smell, when they come out of the oven, is the best, thanks for sharing xx

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 December 2020 at 8:09 pm

      The smell is incredible isn’t it?

  • Caroline

    23 December 2020 at 5:36 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve had a cinnamon swirl before but never a cinnamon roll – they look so tasty + I love that they pull apart in this recipe x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      24 December 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you!

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