How to make the best cinnamon rolls?

There’s nothing better on a Monday morning at the Inn than the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. The mix of fluffy dough sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon, and topped with creamy frosting is our guest’s favorite treat. We’ve been making them for years and have perfected the recipe. These made from scratch cinnamon rolls are as good as the ones from Cinnabon if not better. Working with dough and yeast might be intimidating for a lot of you, however, you will be surprised how easy is to make these yummy morning treat. Just follow our bakers’ tips below and you will have the best cinnamon rolls to serve family and friends.

To make these gooey homemade cinnamon rolls you will need some simple ingredients such as King Arthur Flour, Red Star Platinum instant yeast, sugar, butter, milk, eggs, cinnamon, and heavy cream. Make sure your cold ingredients are brought to room temperature before you start making the dough.

Start with the dough by combining the flour, yeast, and sugar. Using a pastry cutter cut the soft butter in the dry ingredients’ mixture until incorporated. Add the egg and milk to form a soft dough.  If the dough feels dry and stiff, add a little more milk to create a soft and fluffy dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding flour only as needed to prevent sticking about 5 minutes. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover for one hour until puffy. Roll the dough out on a floured board into a rectangle about 12×14 inches. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon filling. Roll up the longer side and pinch the seams together well.  Using a sharp knife, cut off slices about 1-inch wide. Place slices in an 8-inch greased pan (round or square). Let the rolls rise until they fill the pan generously, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make the icing. Simply mix all of the icing ingredients together to reach the desired consistency. You can make tick icing by reducing the heavy cream or runnier by increasing it.  When the rolls are ready, put them in the oven for 20 minutes, and while still warm, spread the frosting all over allowing it to melt.

Here are the ingredients for 12 small cinnamon rolls or 6 large:


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. instant yeast

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

¼ cup unsalted butter softened

½ cup plus 2 tbsp. milk

1 egg

Cinnamon Filling

Melted butter to coat

½ cup brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon


2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

6-8 tbsp. heavy cream


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