Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a dozen times: “Make homemade cinnamon rolls? From scratch? Are you crazy? That takes all day!” I have several recipes for homemade cinnamon rolls that do, indeed, take at least all afternoon — scald the milk and let it cool to room temperature (30 minutes); mix the dough and let it raise for an hour (1.5 hours); punch down the dough and let it raise for another hour (1 hour); shape into cinnamon rolls and let raise for another hour (1.5 hours); and then, finally, bake the cinnamon rolls (30 minutes) — for a grand total of 5 hours from start to finish. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You really can make homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch in two hours or less.

2 cups of warm water
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons dry yeast (or two packages of dry yeast)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Canola oil (you can use any kind of cooking oil, or shortening if you prefer)
6 to 7 cups of flour

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the sugar and salt. Mix. Add the cooking oil (or shortening), 2 eggs, 2 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Stir in 3 more cups of flour. Begin kneading the dough, adding the final cup of flour. If the dough seems too sticky, knead in more flour, a quarter to a half cup at a time. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. (I leave it sitting on the counter and use the time to wash up the bowl and other utensils and to clean off the counter top.)

Roll the dough into a rectangle that’s 24 to 30 inches long by about 16 inches wide. Spread with soft butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (about 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon). Starting at the wide end, roll into a log. Cut the cinnamon rolls into equal sized slices (approximately one inch wide each or slightly more) and place into two greased 9×13 pans. Put in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes (or until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown).
Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then turn out of the pans.

This recipes makes two dozen cinnamon rolls. If you want REALLY BIG cinnamon rolls, cut into 12 equal pieces 2 inches wide. Total amount of time needed from start to finish (including time to bake) is about 2 hours.

This batch of cinnamon rolls below was made by Nedekcir, the author of the blog: In My Kitchen

Thanks for sharing the pictures. :-D

Recipe filed as: Breads,Cinnamon Rolls

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14 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Murel Barber  |  March 29, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I am trying it out this A.M.

  • 2. LeAnn  |  March 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Murel:
    How’d the cinnamon rolls turn out?

  • 3. Echo  |  April 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    First time ever making Cinnamon Rolls from scratch! Getting ready to roll out dough now! Thanks for the easy to follow recipe! Will try to take a picture when I’m done and send it to you! Thanks again.

  • 4. LeAnn  |  April 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

    How did your cinnamon rolls turn out?

  • 5. Echo  |  April 26, 2010 at 11:22 am


  • 6. Ttewart  |  June 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    They were perfect. Thanks ever so much!

  • 7. Jackie  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Great rolls!! Use to make them from scratch weekly, ten years has gone by though. These turned out very nice. Thank You!!

  • 8. Middletonbrat  |  September 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    My mom used to pour evaporated milk over her pan of cinn rolls to create a sticky glaze does anyone know how to do this??? ie. how much how long to bake or have a better idea ….. I don’t like frosting

  • 9. selena  |  December 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    thanks so much this is the best for some one doin a essay on homemade cinnamon rolls thanks so much for your help.

  • 10. Diane Shafer  |  February 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    OMG, i just tried this recipe this evening and my husband loved them. very easy and quick. i made a buttercream frosting with pecans and yummy,yummy.

    i have been searching a tried and true cinnamon roll recipe that was quick and didn’t have all the rising with the dough…. great,great,great,

  • 11. LeAnne  |  February 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Thanks Diane. Glad you like the cinnamon rolls. What’s your recipe for the buttercream frosting?

  • 12. kim  |  July 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    where is the frosting recipe for the cinnamon rolls?

  • 13. Caitlin  |  August 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I cannot wait to try this recipe! I am going to bookmark it and wake up early to make these for the family. Thank you for sharing.

  • 14. Charlotte  |  February 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

    This was an excellent recipe easy to follow and turned out beautifully I would do these again

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