Buttery, brioche-like dough made for the BEST Cinnamon Rolls ever! Treat your family to this amazing breakfast treat!
With a drizzle of powdered sugar glaze, this just may be the ultimate homemade cinnamon rolls recipe. Perfect for weekend company, Mother’s Day or any darn day of the week!
The Best Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
I first made these homemade cinnamon rolls one year during Lent. Nick and I both gave up desserts for a full 40 days. He, though, had been hounding me for weeks to make cinnamon buns. We were both missing our sweets!
This was my third recipe attempt this winter and these were definitely the BEST cinnamon rolls of all that I tried. The tender, buttery dough was exquisite and all these needed with a little drizzle of a powdered sugar glaze as a finishing touch.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Bill’s grandmother used to make dinner rolls, bread, pies and/or cinnamon rolls from scratch every weekend. She lived with his family for years, and they were all spoiled by her incredible baked goods.
Baking without a recipe, she made the dough by feel alone. Unfortunately, that means there were no recipes left behind.
I can’t say my family is extremely picky when it comes to this breakfast treat. For years and years, we had a stash of Sara Lee frozen cinnamon rolls that just took a zap in the microwave before chowing down.
There may not have been visible tears when these were discontinued, but, I promise, there was much sadness. But using a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook, homemade cinnamon rolls aren’t that daunting. I hope you’ll give this recipe for our favorite cinnamon rolls a try.
Tips for How to Make Cinnamon Rolls and Yeast Dough:
Once you know a few basic tips for baking with yeast, making yeast bread and cinnamon rolls won’t be nearly as daunting.
- Check your yeast package for an expiration date. PRO-Tip: Do not use expired yeast. It’s frustrating when you have the dough made and it won’t rise (or “proof”) due to old, outdated yeast.
- Use an instant thermometer for checking the temperature of your warm liquids. PRO-Tip: If the liquid is too hot (above 120º), it will kill the yeast. The resulting rolls will be dense and disappointing!
- Salt can also kill yeast, so it’s always added along with the flour and not directly into the yeast mixture.
- Kneading is imperative to developing the gluten and helps create a smooth, elastic dough. I love using my dough hook for a super easy way to knead.
- Kneading is imperative to developing the gluten and helps create a smooth, elastic dough. I love using the dough hook on my stand mixer for a super easy way to knead. PRO-Tip: Monitor the heat of your mixer;s motor while kneading. It can easily overheat and you’ll want to give it a rest if it gets too warm.
- There are typically two proofing times. First the dough is placed in a greased bowl, covered and left in a warm spot until it doubles in size. The second is a after the dough is shaped into rolls or loaves. Do not hurry this process along by placing the dough into a too hot location. The resulting texture of the bread will suffer. Warm room temperature (85º or so) works well. You can place a pan of hot water into your oven which will gently warm the space, and use that space to proof your dough.
- PRO-Tip: The internal temperature of a fully baked yeast bread should be between 195 and 210º depending on the type of bread.
Step by Step Guide to Making Cinnamon Buns
Mixing the Dough
- First, gather your ingredients. For this recipe, you do not need bread flour, just all-purpose flour. I like using Instant yeast, Red Star Platinum Yeast to be specific. Have your butter at room temperature.
- Warm your milk and check the temperature before adding it to the yeast. I mentioned above that it should not be hotter than 120º.
- Decide whether you want to knead by hand or use the dough hook on your stand mixer. The latter is always my choice.
Proofing the Dough
This dough, like most bread doughs, will have two proofing periods. One just after the dough is mixed and the second, just after it’s shaped into cinnamon rolls.
- Use a greased bowl for the first proofing. This will help you easily remove the risen dough from the bowl.
- Cover the bowl with plastic and place the bowl in at a spot in your house where the room temperature is quite warm, 80-85º. My brand new oven has a “proof” setting which is 85º.
If you are an experienced bread baker, please share any of your tips in the comments.
More Cinnamon Buns Recipes You’ll Love:
- Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls from Love from the Oven
- Easy Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Spend with Pennies
- Better Than Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe from A Spicy Perspective
- Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Glaze from Baked by Rachel
- Cinnamon Bubble Roll
- Moomies Cinnamon Buns
- Homemade Orange Rolls
- Classic Cinnamon Rolls
- Breakfast Recipes
- Bread Recipes
Have you ever made homemade cinnamon rolls? If you have any tips or favorite recipes, I’d love to hear them!
- 3/4 cup warm whole milk
- 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast, I used Red Star Platinum Yeast
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 4 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks, butter, at room temperature, cut into 12 pieces
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the warm milk and yeast in Pyrex in a bowl and whisk until the yeast dissolves. Mix in the eggs.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt. Mix to combine. With the mixer on low, slowly add the warm milk mixture and continue mixing until the dough comes together, about 1 minute.
Increase the speed to medium and add the butter, one piece at a time, till incorporated. Switch to the dough hook and continue to mix until the dough is smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl, about 10 minutes.
Knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured surface and form the dough into a smooth ball. Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the warm spot and let rest till doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a small bowl. Punch down the dough and roll into an 18-inch square on a lightly floured surface and spread with the softened butter. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and press gently.
Starting with the edge nearest you. roll the dough into a cylinder and pinch lightly to seal the seam. Cut the roll into 12 equal pieces (I used a piece of dental floss) and place the pieces to the prepared pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise in warm spot until doubled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 º. Bake the rolls for 35-40 minutes, until they are golden brown.
While the buns bake, make the glaze by whisking the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside. Let rolls cool about 15 minutes, then drizzle on glaze with a spoon.
Adapted from Cook's Country.
Total time does not include proofing time.