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Fluffy cinnamon rolls in a baking dish.
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Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Make cinnamon rolls from scratch with this easy recipe that's perfect for beginners! They're soft, gooey, and made with bread flour, which gives them the perfect fluffy texture. Overnight instructions included.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Rising Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 55 minutes
Course: Breakast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls
Servings: 12



  • 1 0.25 oz. pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk around 105°–115°F
  • 3 cups bread flour plus more for rolling dough
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus more for greasing
  • 1 large egg at room temperature

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened


  • 4 oz cream cheese full fat, softened to room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Heat milk in a saucepan or in the microwave (about 40-50 seconds) until warm, but not hot. Around (105°–115°F). Stir yeast into warm almond milk until dissolved. Let stand 10 minutes.
    Yeast and milk in a bowl.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add flour, salt and sugar. Mix to combine. With mixer running at low speed, add melted butter, egg and yeast mixture. Increase speed to medium-low, and mix 2 minutes until dough starts to form.
    Ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment and knead the dough in the stand mixer at medium-low speed for 5 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Increase speed to medium and mix 2 minutes. Kneading is done when dough makes a slapping sound as it hits the side of the bowl. Dough temperature should be close to 90°F. If dough is too sticky add a little more flour.
    A ball of dough ready to proof.
  • Once combined, place dough in oiled mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Let rise 1-2 hours, or until doubled in volume. Time will depend on how warm your house is.
    A ball of dough after proofing.
  • While dough is rising, make cinnamon sugar filling by stirring together brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan or round 9.5-inch pie pan with butter.
    Ingredients for cinnamon sugar in a bowl.
  • Once dough has doubled in size, sprinkle extra flour on your surface and rolling pin and roll dough into 14 x 12-inch rectangle.
    Dough rolled into a rectangle.
  • Spread softened butter onto dough with your fingers or a knife.
    Smearing butter across a rectangle of dough.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over butter and press down slightly with your hands.
    Cinnamon sugar coating the dough.
  • Starting at the top, roll the dough toward you into a large log, moving back and forth down the line of dough (in a “typewriter” motion) and always rolling toward you. Roll it tightly as you go so the rolls will be nice and neat. When it’s all rolled, pinch the seam closed and turn the roll over so that the seam is facing down. Cut roll crosswise into 12 1-inch-thick pieces and place on prepared baking pan.
    Twelve equally portioned cinnamon rolls.
  • Cover, and let rise in warm place 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
    Cinnamon rolls after proofing in a baking dish.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown, cooked through and no longer doughy. I baked mine for 22 minutes.
    Cinnamon rolls after baking in a baking dish.
  • While cinnamon rolls are cooling, make cream cheese frosting by adding softened cream cheese and butter and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed, whip the ingredients together until smooth and fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed. Then, add the powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time, mixing in between, until fully combined and smooth.
  • Spread frosting over warm cinnamon rolls and serve.
    Iced fluffy cinnamon rolls in a baking dish.



  • Overnight method: If you want to prep these cinnamon rolls the night before, follow the instructions through step 8 (placing the cinnamon rolls into the prepared baking dish), then cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning pull the pan from the fridge and let the rolls rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until the rolls have doubled in size, then bake as directed.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g