The Best Cinnamon Rolls, Made From Scratch

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"I've been making these cinnamon rolls for quite a long time. They are by far the best I've made and I've tried many. If you follow the recipe, they come out so tender and delicious. Originated from a cooking show from the past "Calling all Cooks", as given by Laura Jeffries. The serving is a guesstimate, but it makes about 30 smaller rolls, but I sometimes have made them nice and big."

Original recipe yields 10-20 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (224.5 g)
  • Calories 738.5
  • Total Fat - 23.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 141.9 mg
  • Sodium - 458.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 128.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.6 g
  • Sugars - 88 g
  • Protein - 11.2 g
  • Calcium - 79.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Dissolve 2 packages of yeast in 1/2 cup of hot water (test on wrist to make sure water is not too hot) and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let sit.

Step 2

Melt the 1/2 cup of butter and combine with 3/4 cups of warm milk (can be warmed on stove or in microwave, test on wrist to make sure milk is not too hot). Using an electric mixer with a dough hook or a food processor with dough blade, mix dissolved yeast and butter/milk mixture on low. Slowly add 1/2 cup of sugar, then 1 egg. Add salt and 2 cups of flour on low, blend until smooth. Slowly add 1/2 cup at a time, the other 2 to 2 1/2 cups of flour.

Step 3

Put dough onto floured counter top. Knead dough until it doesn't stick to your hands (don't over kneed or add too much flour).

Step 4

Place in a greased bowl. Cover with damp cloth and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until it doubles in size. (Tip, let it rise in oven where the air and temperature is consistent).

Step 5

Remove from bowl and place on a floured counter. Roll out in a 12 by 24-inch (approximately) rectangle, not too thin. Spread 1/2 cup butter over dough, sprinkle with 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar (evenly), sprinkle with 1/4 cup of granular sugar (evenly), and sprinkle 2 tablespoons (or as much as you desire) of cinnamon (evenly).

Step 6

Roll dough into a log. Cut into thumb-width slices or 1 1/2-inch widths.

Step 7

Place in round cake pan or foil pan. Put back in oven to rise to desired height. Remove from oven after they have risen.

Step 8

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Only bake on one rack, center of oven (4 pans fit nicely). Set timer for 15 minutes, then watch for desired brownness. Remove from oven - let cool.


Step 9

Combine 1 pound of powdered sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk (this may vary, add or subtract to your desired consistency), and 2 drops of butter flavor extract. Stir with spoon until very smooth and drizzles easily.

Step 10

Drizzle onto completely cooled cinnamon rolls. Let frosting firm up. Serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


2 Reviews


I made the rolls on the bigger side so one was all you needed. We had them for breakfast with Chai tea. They are super yummy!


review by:
(20 Sep 2020)


Very good -- we made 12 rolls (2 pans) but out of cinnamon so used cinnamon sugar (jarred) and skipped the frosting. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(29 Apr 2019)