Fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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Soft Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe

I love making cinnamon rolls.  These are soft, fluffy and perfect for snacks, breakfast and for your family and friends.  We enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls versus store bought, served warm with a cup of coffee, glass of milk or scoop of coffee espresso ice cream.

However you like them, be patient with them.  It is the patience in letting the dough to rise, that allows them to be light, fluffy and soft.

This cinnamon roll recipe makes two 8×8 pans.

mixing dough

What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Cinnamon Rolls?

This recipe require flour, sugar, active dry yeast, melted butter, milk, water, a beaten egg, salt and olive oil  The cinnamon sugar spread has cinnamon, sugar and melted butter.

baking dough

How Do I Roll Out The Dough?

Make sure the surface is lightly floured surface to prevent the dough from sticking. You will use a rolling pin as well to push the dough out onto your surface.  The dough should be rolled out into a long rectangle shape.  The longer the rectangle, the more cinnamon rolls you will make.

cinnamon roll spread

Can Cinnamon Rolls Be Made In Advance?

Definitely!  You can freeze/refrigerated the cinnamon roll dough after it has been prepped in the pan.  Let the dough rise after thawing before placing in the oven.  You want fluffy rolls, not flat.

Putting the rolls in the fridge, they may continue to rise and could result in huge rolls.  The coolness of the fridge slows down the yeast, but not completely.  Putting them in the freezer, stops them from rising.

You do NOT want to put a cold glass dish into a hot oven.  The pan and dough should be room temperature.


sliced cinnamon rolls

Can You Use a Mixer?

We use our Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook.  Work the dough, just until everything is mixed and there is no flour left (for the most part) on the bowl.  You can use the mixing bowl as the bowl the dough rises in as well.

What If The Dough Does Not Rise?

This could be because the yeast was expired.  Another reason the dough may not rise is the heat from the water or milk was to hot.  This can kill the yeast.  The temperature should not be over 115F. You will need to start over if it didn’t rise, or use to make pizza, crotons or flat bread.

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Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade cinnamon rolls are great on cold mornings. This recipe makes soft and fluffy rolls, great for eating and gifting.
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 8x8 pans
Author: Regina Sober



  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups warm milk
  • 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 scrambled egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • olive oil

Cinnamon Sugar Spread

  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar


  • In a mixing bowl, add the milk and water, sugar, yeast, salt & egg.
  • Use a dough hook for the entire mixing or start with a paddle (can hand mix too).
  • Once mixed, slowly add half the flour, and then add butter.
  • Add the remaining amount of flour and mix until it starts to pull from the bowl.
  • In a separate bowl add about 2 teaspoons olive oil and place dough into bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and towel and allow to rise until it doubles in size, punch down and cover again.
  • Allow to rise again and then cut in half, cutting into 2 pieces to make rolls.
  • Roll out on floured surface.
  • Mix cinnamon spread together and spread out onto dough.  Roll into a large roll.
  • Cut in half and then each piece into half a few times until in several pieces.
  • Place rolls into greased pan.
  • Preheat oven to 375F..
  • Allow to rise and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Allow the rolls to cool slightly (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Flip the 8x8 pan onto aluminum foil. and allow cinnamon sugar mix to go back into the cinnamon rolls.
    Repeat for remaining dough


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Baking Tips

  • It’s important to spray the 8×8 pan so that the rolls come out easily
  • You could use a 9×11 pan if you want to cook them all at the same time
  • Cinnamon roll dough should not be super sticky when rolling out.  Use a little flour to coat the surface and rolling pin if it is
  • If you want to freeze the other pan of rolls, do not use a glass pan
  • The more cinnamon you use, the bigger the cinnamon taste
  • Drizzle your rolls with cream cheese icing after baking
  • You can also spread homemade cream cheese frosting over the rolls
  • You can add nuts into the spread if you would like, walnut and pecan pieces work well
  • Don’t rush the baking or rising, you want them light and fluffy, not bricks
  • The best cinnamon rolls, make great gifts for the holidays and house warming

Homemade cinnamon rolls are great on cold mornings. This recipe makes soft and fluffy rolls, great for eating and gifting.

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