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There’s nothing like a batch of Classic Cinnamon Rolls to start the day off right. My family enjoyed this breakfast treat!

Frosted Classic Cinnamon Roll on a white plate

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

It was finals week for my junior in high school. I’m not sure feeding him a sugary treat first thing in the morning was the most responsible parental move, but it does make for a happier boy. This is the child who came home from Kindergarten grumbling, “cut and paste, cut and paste. If I have to work like this all the time, I’m not going to like this.” He needed something special to start the week like these Classic Cinnamon Rolls.

Cinnamon Buns in a baking dish without frosting

Frosted Cinnamon Buns

So I decided to try a new recipe.  First up was the Cinnabon Copy Cat classic cinnamon rolls recipe, but unfortunately, an electrical storm knocked our power out while I was in the midst of the recipe. When I finally got them baked, the tops browned but the insides were gummy.  Taste testers still managed to eat them for breakfast, but I was on a mission, so I tried another recipe from Fine Cooking.  They rose more significantly, and the baking time and temperature seemed more reasonable.  The tops of these cinnamon buns darkened a wee too much, but I’m blaming my soon to be replaced hunk of junk NEW oven which has had 12 service calls since January.  I think we found a winner (cinnamon rolls, that is, not oven)!

Unbaked classic cinnamon rolls with a yellow lab in the background
Frosted Cinnamon Roll on a white plate

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Delectable Cinnamon Rolls adapted from Fine Cooking

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 rolls



  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 package Rapid Rise yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter
  • 3 egg yolks


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature


  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk or cream to thin


  1. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Attach bowl to mixer with a dough hook attached. Microwave butter and milk till butter is melted. Allow to cool to between 115-125º.
  2. Add the butter mixture and the egg yolks to the mixer. Mix on low speed till combined, then increase speed to medium-high and beat for about 8 minutes, till dough pulls away from the bowl. Adding a little extra flour may be necessary. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place till doubled in size...from 45-90 minutes depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
  3. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to about a 12 x 20-inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Sprinkle evenly over dough. Roll dough from the long side nearest you to the long side away from you. Using dental floss, a knife or a bench scraper, cut the log into 12 equal pieces. Trim a small amount from each end first, if uneven.
  4. Lay the rolls flat side down into the prepared baking pan. Cover with greased plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot till rolls are almost doubled, puffy and nearly touching, 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350º and bake about 20 minutes. Cool slightly before icing.
  5. To make the icing, combine melted butter and powdered sugar. Add milk or cream to thin to desired consistency. Add vanilla.


Total time does not include proofing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Roll

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 245mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 7g


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46 comments on “Classic Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Oh boy, an outage during baking? I am sure these made for a VERY happy boy!

  2. Just had my morning coffee, no pancakes, no french toast…now, I open the computer to check to see your new post, and wow! Cinnamon rolls with the awesome glaze on top:DDD
    With all the interruption you had…power outage, too hot oven, Lizzy, you sailed through all that with your perfect cinnamon rolls that I’m drooling for. Love the rolls…and as always, you have the BEST recipes and what I love most is your “honesty” about mentioning the source! …so KUDOS to you my friend!

  3. Looks so delicious!

  4. Hi Lizzy-back again to let you know I left a reply on my blog re: the Zemanta.
    I rarely leave replies on my blog, but I did want you and others to know about Zemanta, and also left a link there that would be helpful.
    Zemanta is an amazing source that really is so helpful in putting your “labels” out there in the “search land”…for people to find your blog.
    It’s such a tremendous “feed” for searches for others to find your blog, just through searching through your labels, and links!

    What I really love about your blog, and you, is that you have such an honest approach to all your recipes that are realistic and your enthusiasm in tackling the most tedious projects that I have done professionally, (but would not make it at home…LOL)
    I wore down the ink cartridge on Lora’s printer, printing out your recipes, just in the last few days!

  5. You never cease to amaze me on how much more perfect you make these than any bakery I have ever seen!

  6. The frosting looks AMAZING.

  7. Talk about bad luck regarding the timing of the electrical storm. This reminds me that its been a long while since I had cinnamon roll.

  8. My my..i wud love love to have it for my breakfast:-) The glaze look absolutely delicious!!

  9. Perfect cinnabuns! Despite the dodgy oven ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Dear Lizzy you bake a lot!! I love bake too, always Im baking! and I love these classic cinnamon, x gloria

  11. No words to describe them!!! they looks that great!!!

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  12. These look wonderful! Nothing like a good ol’ Cinnamon Roll for breakfast : ) Mmmmm

  13. I have yet to make cinnamon rolls, I would eat these delightful ones any day.

  14. These look amazing Lizzy! I have yet to make actual cinnamon rolls from scratch! I will some day, and my son will love me forever! I hope you get a new oven soon, hate when new appliances suck!! The ice maker of our freezer has been like that since day 1 – now 4 year later…still makes the clunking noise!

  15. These look amazing!!! You have perfectly beautiful cinnamon rolls! I really want to make these. I’ve had a hard time finding a cinnamon roll recipe that sounded good. But I think this one is it! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Oooh I could really go for a cinnamon roll right now. Sorry about your oven–sounds like a pain in the butt!

  17. How funny…cut and paste ๐Ÿ™‚

    These look magnificent, Lizzy.
    They are called Chelsea Buns in SA, and are traditionally only eaten at Easter time here.
    What a wonderful treat to be eating them for brekkie…yum!

  18. Oh my, I am having a love affair with the pictures here. We love cinnamon rolls!! So much that it is safer to enjoy them from a distance. : )

  19. these cinn. rolls look amazing!!

  20. Cinnamon rolls are awesome. Quite possibly the perfect breakfast, with a cup of coffee of course! Thanks for sharing your recipe,

  21. These looks so delicious and so much fun to make – yours look perfect. Good luck with the finals!

  22. Totally delightful, I don’t think cinnamon rolls are complete without lots of brown sugar!

  23. these look really good!

  24. Oh my! That looks so yummy… Wish I had such fabulous treats back when I was writing exams! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the glaze and the pictures too! Thanks for sharing, Lizzy!

  25. Back home I was having them from time to time, always buying actually. When I was at school they were the most popular rolls.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Those rolls look so good! I think I will have mine with a cup of coffee. As always, great recipe Lizzy!

  27. I am so impressed by the way you manage to always transform a classic snack into perfection! I have never seen such beautiful rolls!

  28. Liz, rolls look delish! I certainly would have been motivated by such a treat and am definitely not above trying the same strategy. As always beautiful photos!

  29. Oh bless your heart! I love that you still serve your high school age son breakfast! Those look so good… It’s been way to long since I’ve made homemade cinnamon rolls….

  30. Lizzy, those look amazing! I love, Love, LOVE cinnamon rolls, but am allergic to cinnamon (darn it!). Good luck with the new oven. Nothing like new kitchen stuff….

  31. These cinnamon rolls look amazing! I’ve never tried making my own, but I definitely need to now!

  32. Yummy. These are my daughter’s fave. She begs for them. Yours look better than mine though.

  33. We are on the road for about 8 hours, I’m tired and a little hungry. Your cinnamon rolls are just perfect. I really want one right now.
    I’m happy you didn’t give up after the first attempt and happier that you shared this delicious recipe.

  34. Lizzy, your kids are really lucky that you can pretty much make everything!! I think homemade sweets like this will totally cheer up kids when they are stressed with finals etc. I would! Looks delicious!

  35. These are my down fall! YUM! thank you for linking them up to Made it on Monday!

  36. I am sure your son was beside himself with happiness after getting these wonderful rolls for breakfast!

  37. I’m with Pegasusland, these are PERFECT in every way. Brava Lizzy!

  38. I’m still giggling at cut and past, cut and paste… Kate @ kateiscooking

  39. Great way to lessen the pain of finals. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cinnamon rolls always make me a happy camper.

  40. looks wonderful perfect for anytime

  41. What absolutely beautiful, perfect cinnamon buns! Oh my gosh, my family will LOVE these! I’d like to personally invite you to stop over and add/share this recipe post on my weekend foodie linkup: Fresh Food Friday and Seasonal Saturday going on until Monday evening. Every week we feature 5 bloggers! Hope you can join us!

    Now following and I’d love it if you could follow back if you like. Thanks!

  42. I’m going to give these a shot. I have a terrible time with my dough not rising, but they still taste awesome. I was going to make grandma riley’s recipe once, but it called for lard. HAHA.

    baby bartels

  43. Hope they work for you, Sara!

  44. I still cannot get over these beautiful cinnamon rolls… are ruining my weight loss efforts ya know! Thanks for sharing on Fresh Food Friday! See you this weekend too! Now I’ve got to see what you’ve made this week….that Mississippi Mud Pie looks decadent!

  45. Cinnabon watch out. There’s a new baker in town. Thanks for linking these up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  46. Thats terrible to hear about your new oven! I’d be furious. Especially as one who likes to cook like you do!

    These cinnamon buns on the other hand…. oh my. Do they ever look tempting. Love the beautiful roll of the dough your showing off in the picture! It looks perfect!

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