Classic Cinnamon Rolls

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Get ready to conquer your fear of homemade cinnamon rolls with this Classic Cinnamon Rolls recipe! It’s as simple as tossing all the ingredients into a mixer and letting the dough rise before baking. And trust me, the end result is worth every moment of anticipation, especially when topped with that classic cream cheese frosting!

Here’s why you’ll adore this recipe:

  • These Classic Cinnamon Rolls are made with basic ingredients like flour, butter, yeast, and eggs, keeping things simple and delicious.
  • The recipe is a breeze – just toss everything into a mixer to whip up the dough.
  • It’s a stress-free, mess-free baking experience that even beginners can handle.
  • The longest part of the process is waiting for the dough to rise, but trust me, it’s worth it!
  • You can even prep these rolls the night before and bake them fresh in the morning for a hassle-free breakfast treat.
  • These rolls are soft, fluffy, and packed with that irresistible combination of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon, making every bite a delight.
  • And let’s not forget that heavenly homemade cream cheese frosting – the perfect finishing touch!

Here are some handy tips to ensure your cinnamon rolls turn out perfectly:

  • While I haven’t tried making this recipe without an electric mixer, it should work just fine. Simply combine all the ingredients and knead the dough for 4-5 minutes.
  • Be careful not to overwork the dough, as this can result in tough cinnamon rolls.
  • If prepping these rolls for the next day, assemble them in a buttered dish, cover, and refrigerate. When ready to bake, let them come to room temperature for 40 minutes before popping them in the oven.

Now, let’s address some common questions:

  • Can you use gluten-free flour for these rolls? While I haven’t tested it, you could give it a try with a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend.
  • Can these rolls be made vegan? Check out my vegan cinnamon rolls recipe for a plant-based alternative.
  • Can you prepare these rolls ahead of time? Absolutely! Follow the steps for prepping them the night before, and you’ll have fresh-baked cinnamon rolls waiting for you in the morning.

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert


  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast 1 package
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • In an electric mixer, combine warm milk, brown sugar, and yeast. Let it sit until bubbles form on the top.
  • Add salt, vanilla extract, butter, eggs, and flour to the mixer. Use the hook attachment to knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  • Prepare the filling by mixing brown sugar, coconut sugar, softened butter, and cinnamon.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface, spread on the filling, and roll it into a log.
  • Cut the log into individual pieces and place them in a buttered baking dish. Let them rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the rolls for 25 minutes.
  • While the rolls bake, prepare the frosting by mixing all the ingredients in an electric mixer.
  • Pour the frosting over the warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy the heavenly aroma!


  • Don’t overwork the dough.
  • Prep ahead for stress-free baking.
  • Enjoy the deliciousness of homemade cinnamon rolls!

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