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Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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August 13th, 2019
4.89 from 127 votes
4.89 from 127 votes

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls are ultra soft and tender, loaded with ooey gooey buttery cinnamon filling, and flooded with vanilla icing. Better than Cinnabon and can be made the night before!

Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Sweet without being cloying. Tons of cinnamon goodness.
Texture: The best part. The rolls are ultra soft and pillowy and as you peel away the spiral the filling is insanely gooey and buttery. The flooded icing on top just sends the whole thing into dessert overdrive!
Ease: Takes a few hours but can be made the night before.
Pros: My new favorite scratch made cinnamon roll recipe.
Cons: NONE.
Would I make this again? Yes yes yes yes.

Is there anything more delightful and comforting than homemade cinnamon rolls baking in the oven?

I’m SO excited to share this particular recipe with you. I’ve shared a few recipes for cinnamon rolls in the past with various techniques, textures, and flavors. But I’m pretty sure this one is my favorite.

Cinnamon rolls in a baking dish with icing on top

In my family special occasions were marked with cinnamon rolls. But since neither of my parents are bakers, that usually meant prepared cinnamon roll dough from those crazy tubes at the grocery store.

My goal for this recipe was to get a similar ooey, gooey, doughy, and rich texture as the tubed cinnamon rolls… but with way better flavor. And no crazy artificial ingredients or overwhelming sugary sweetness. I also wanted that flood of icing that melts into the rolls in the most mouthwatering way.

If you take these cinnamon buns into work with you, they won’t last longer than an hour. True story.

Unbaked cinnamon rolls rising

And that’s assuming there’s any leftover to even take to work!

How to Make Ultra Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Here are my favorite tips and tricks for making the best cinnamon rolls ever. Recipe warning: your friends and family will be requesting these constantly!
Spreading icing on homemade cinnamon buns

Can I knead cinnamon roll dough by hand?

Yes! You can knead this dough by hand without a stand mixer and dough hook. It may take some more time and upper body strength! Check out my full tutorial on how to knead dough by hand here.

This is a very rich dough so it will take longer to knead than other recipes. ONLY add as much flour as needed to handle the dough. It’s better for the dough to be sticky at the start than to add too much flour and wind up with dense rolls instead of light and fluffy ones.

How long does cinnamon roll dough take to rise?

This dough is an enriched dough, meaning it has ingredients like milk, butter, sour cream, sugar, and eggs to make it ultra rich, tender, and soft once baked. But those ingredients can also slow down rising time. For me the dough took 2 hours for the first rise, and 90 minutes for the second rise.

Rising times will depend on the warmth and humidity of your kitchen so keep that in mind.

How to tell when the dough is risen?

The dough should double in volume for the first rise. I always like to use a glass mixing bowl to rise my dough in so I can see how much it’s risen more easily.

The best way to tell if the dough is risen enough to shape is to perform the ripe test. Press two fingers in the risen dough up to the second knuckle and then take them out. If the indentations remain the dough is “ripe” and ready for punch down. If not, cover and let the dough rise until the indentations do remain.

Now the dough is ready to be rolled out and shaped into rolls! Allow the shaped rolls to rise again until a gentle indentation from your finger remains.

How to Shape Perfect Cinnamon Rolls Spirals

Rolling up cinnamon roll dough

Rolling up your cinnamon roll dough nice and tight is the key to beautiful round rolls and visible spirals.  As you roll the dough up, stretch it towards you and over so it stays tight instead of floppy. Finish off the spiral with the seam side down to seal in the filling. Push the ends into the center slightly with your palms to create an even log shape then cut off the wonky end bits.

How to Slice Cinnamon Roll Dough

To get picture perfect cinnamon buns, it’s important to slice the log of dough without squashing it. The best tool for that is a very sharp chef’s knife that you use sweeping motions, not sawing motions. If you don’t have a super sharp knife you can also use a serrated knife and sweeping motions. Or you can use dental floss to slice the dough, but be sure it’s unflavored.

To get evenly sized pieces cut the log directly in half so you have two logs. Then cut each log in half again. Cut each remaining piece into 3 pieces for a total of 12. I know this sounds confusing to read but as you slice it’ll make sense.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Icing

I opted for a basic powdered sugar icing for this recipe. I love when the icing floods the cinnamon rolls and melts into them for the ultimate gooey bite. Kind of like the refrigerated cinnamon roll tubes from the grocery store. You want the icing to have a pourable consistency, not too thick and not too watery. Adjust the powdered sugar to milk ratio if needed.

Can I make Cream Cheese Frosting Instead?

Yes! Just combine the below ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high for 2 minutes, or until super smooth.

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls Ahead of Time

Cinnamon rolls are best served fresh and warm. Right out of the oven if possible! You can store them covered at room temperature for a day, but I’d advise re-warming in the oven or microwave them before serving.

The fact is cinnamon rolls stale quickly. That’s why making them ahead of time is a great option!

Refrigerate the shaped but unbaked cinnamon rolls in the pans you plan to bake them in. I like to let them rise at room temperature for about 30 minutes before refrigerating to give them a jump start on rising, especially in the winter when it takes longer. Cover the rolls tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. The dough should continue to rise slowly in the fridge. You can also freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost overnight.

When getting ready to bake, loosen the plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size. This will depend entirely on how much they rose in the fridge and how warm / humid your kitchen is. It may take just 20 to 30 minutes or it may take over an hour. Proceed with baking as the recipe is written.

Cinnamon rolls with icing on plates

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4.89 from 127 votes

How to make
Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rising time 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 55 minutes
Gooey Cinnamon Rolls are ultra soft and tender, loaded with ooey gooey buttery cinnamon filling, and flooded with vanilla icing. Better than Cinnabon and can be made the night before!

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast*
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cup to 4 1/4 cups (508 to 540 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt

For the filling:

  • 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter, completely softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt

For the icing:

  • 2 cups (250 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Make the dough:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter until the butter melts. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream until smooth. Let cool until lukewarm (about 110°F).
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, use a spatula to combine the milk mixture with the yeast, sugar, egg, egg yolks, and vanilla until well combined. Add in half of the flour and the salt and stir with the spatula until combined. Fit the mixer with the dough hook and gradually add the remaining flour until a dough begins to form. Only add as much flour as you need to form the dough. Knead at medium speed until the dough is very soft, smooth, pliable, and doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl, about 8 to 10 minutes. If the dough is unbearably sticky add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Only add as much flour as needed to create a smooth dough.
  3. Lightly grease a large bowl. Shape the dough into a ball and place in the greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Make the filling:

  1. While the dough rises, add filling ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. Beat with a hand held electric mixer on medium-high until very well combined, about 3 minutes.

To shape the dough:

  1. Punch down the risen dough and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Use a rolling pin to shape the dough into a 16x12-inch rectangle, long side facing you.
  2. Spread the filling mixture all over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border at the far edge. Brush the border with water to help seal. Roll the dough up, pulling with your hands to keep it tightly rolled until it’s an even log shape. Press the border to seal. Trim the edges. Lightly flour the roll.
  3. Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish or two 9-inch pie pans. Cut the roll into 12 equal pieces using a sharp serrated knife or unflavored dental floss. Place the rolls cut side up in the prepared baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. MAKE AHEAD: Allow the shaped rolls to rise until they’ve grown in size by about a quarter. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Allow to come completely to room temperature and continue to rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours, before baking as directed below.

  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°Bake the rolls until lightly golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes.

For the icing:

  1. While the rolls bake, combine the icing ingredients in a small mixing bowl until a smooth pourable icing forms.
  2. Spread over hot rolls immediately after they come out of the oven. Serve warm the day they’re baked.

Recipe Notes

*You can use active dry yeast in place of the instant yeast. Add it in with the warm (110°F) milk and butter mixture and a teaspoon of the sugar and allow it to proof for 5 to 10 minutes, or until foamy.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

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  1. #
    ALChan — August 18, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Tessa, can this recipe be used for making the rolls using the traditional Swiss Rolls method —- Bake the batter flat , roll up . When cooled. unroll and put in filling then cut. it would be less messy. TQ

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      Tessa Arias — August 19, 2019 at 10:37 am

      No, I don’t believe that would work at all.

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    Claudia — August 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    My first time ever making cinnamon rolls! They are incredible as I shared with friends who loved the soft gooey centers of the rolls. I have never made bread or worked with yeast and with your detailed directions I feel like a pro. Thanks so much for a recipe that I cannot wait to make again!

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    Gilly Huntington-Rainey — August 24, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Amazingly delicious and gooey and simple. I tried freezing some as well and they turned out just as good as the fresh. Thanks Tessa!

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    Katheryn Haigler — September 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    These did not last long enough to snap a picture, sorry! I have practiced with several different recipes for cinnamon rolls. These were by far, head and shoulders above the rest. We tested them out on our Sunday school class of experts and they couldn’t stop raving about them! I love all of the testings you have done, I love that I can freeze them raw and have fresh rolls ready in short time. Thank you so much for your hard work!

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    Hilary — September 2, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Wow what timing! My husband wanted to make cinnamon rolls this weekend, so this challenge is perfect timing. He is not a very experienced baked, but found these to be pretty easy and they look fantastic! He felt confident making them and even though he’s new to yeast, they were perfect! Whipped them up this morning and now enjoying with our coffee and tea. So much better than store-bought, too.

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    Hilary — September 2, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Perfect timing! My husband just asked to make cinnamon so the challenge couldn’t have come at a better time. He’s a pretty new baker, but the instructions were straight forward and they came out perfectly! He whipped them up this morning and we’re enjoying them with our coffee and tea. So much better than store bought, too! These will be on repeat!

  7. #
    Joanne — September 2, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I don’t know if it is the recipe, the instructions or both but these were by far the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made!

  8. #
    Sarah Pettitt Smith — September 2, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    SO GOOD! Everyone just lived them. The pan didn’t last a day.

  9. #
    Crystal — September 2, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    TESSA!! I’ve made a LOT of cinnamon rolls and most have been pretty good, some of them delicious. But these? This is the dough I’ve dreamed of. It’s absolutely unreal how light and tender they are. I took the ends that I cut off and rolled them in more filling, braided them, and baked them as a cinni mini wreath, drizzling them with icing.

  10. #
    Sarah Carver — September 4, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Once again, a great recipe! I make homemade coffee cakes, etc. for my husband’s breakfast and this recipe is on my list of fun ones to make. He doesn’t know how good he has it!

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    Sarah — September 4, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I’d absolutely make these again! The instructions were easy to follow and the finished product was delicious! My boys loved them! I tried the vanilla icing, but next time I am going to make the cream cheese topping.

  12. #
    Robin Michaels — September 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Easy recipe to follow! Looks amazing! Tastes delicious!

  13. #
    Linda — September 6, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Absolutely stunning. Best I have ever eaten. Easy to make and easy to eat. Definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

  14. #
    Carlota — September 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Loved it! Would def make again!

  15. #
    PJ Bibby — September 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    These are absolutely delicious and have the most beautiful, soft texture.

  16. #
    Emma — September 7, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I’ve never made bread before, but this recipe was so easy that I felt like an accomplished baker!

  17. #
    Katrina — September 8, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I typically use my bread machine for dough. Would this recipe do well in a machine?

  18. #
    Faith — September 8, 2019 at 6:49 am

    These rolls turned out so perfect! They are fluffy and gooey. They did not last long in our house. This recipe is definitely going to become a regular.

  19. #
    Kamari — September 8, 2019 at 6:55 am

    These rolls were very goey however I didn’t make a glaze

  20. #
    Dom — September 8, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Sooo delicious ! Thank you

  21. #
    Mickie Hedrick — September 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Do you need another cinnamon roll recipe? You. Need. This. One! It is fluffy, buttery, and gooey (in a good way). In one word – addictive.

  22. #
    Mickie Hedric — September 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Do you need another cinnamon roll recipe? You. Need. This. One! It is fluffy, buttery, and gooey (in a good way). In one word – addictive.

  23. #
    Becky Masters — September 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Made these today and they are definitely worth the wait. I took advantage of the Florida heat and proofed these on my front patio and they look amazing and taste even better. They dont have an over yeasty taste like recipes I have tried in the past these are delicious from the dough, filling and frosting. I even love that the frosting doesn’t use cream cheese. These are definitely a keeper recipe. My kids and husband loved these as well. And didnt mind the wait.

  24. #
    Adam Breitbach — September 8, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    These were very tasty, and quite easy to make.

  25. #
    Jeanette — September 8, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Sooo good! The recipe was so easy to follow. I’ve many cinnamon rolls and this recipe is very similar to my mom’s so I loved it!!

  26. #
    Domitille — September 9, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Fluffy and a great breakfast idea !

  27. #
    Marlee Sheriff — September 9, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    My family said these are by far the best cinnamon rolls I’ve made!!

  28. #
    Ana — September 9, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I loooove cinnbons!

  29. #
    Enola Paul — September 9, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I made these but I made them into 2 giant cinnamon rolls with a caramel sauce on top!!! So good

  30. #
    Enola Paul — September 9, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I made these into giant cinnamon rolls with caramel.they’re absolutely delicious!

  31. #
    Erin Betnar — September 10, 2019 at 8:07 am

    One word…Amazing!!! Honestly the best cinnamon bun recipe I’ve ever made. It rivals Cinnabon which makes some pretty incredible cinnamon buns. Thanks for creating such a wonderful recipe.

  32. #
    Ivanna zayasi — September 12, 2019 at 11:01 am

    So delicious and easy

  33. #
    Sandra D — September 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Winning recipe. This recipe was easy to make and delivered a soft dough that was oh so delicious. A friend even claimed they were the best they ever had. Winning recipe for sure.

  34. #
    Leslie Hershberger — September 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    This recipe is a keeper! Very tender moist dough. Good balance of brown sugar and cinnamon. I used cream cheese frosting which I think is the best… YUMMY!

  35. #
    Aini — September 13, 2019 at 3:41 am

    This was soooo goeeyyy sooo yummyyyy.. oh my God, the sour cream really made a tons of difference. I’ve searched far and wide for the best cinnamon roll recipe, but none has turned out as soft and chubby as this one! I would definitely be making these again!

  36. #
    DIANA Taylor — September 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

    amazing

  37. #
    Tamara Petříkovová — September 14, 2019 at 5:15 am

    perfect recipe ! i like them more without icing, icing for me is super sweet, filling is AMAZING ! <3

  38. #
    Kala Ragan — September 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Amazing!!

  39. #
    Megan — September 14, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    These were amazing! They were moist, sweet, soft and every bite was bursting with ooey-gooey cinnamon glory! I’ll definitely make this again!

  40. #
    David Burnett — September 14, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    So easy, so fluffy, and so amazing. A must.

  41. #
    Kindra O'Connell — September 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Very easy and family loved it

  42. #
    Rebecca — September 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Wow! Absolutely the best thing entire from homemade cinnamon rolls. I’ve tried several recipes and they this is absolute favorite. Next time I will try the cream cheeses icing burn i love that’s it hasn’t a fast easy icing option as well. Absolutely delicious. I’ll make it again soon!

  43. #
    Alexandra Chamberlain — September 14, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I loved how soft the rolls turned out!

  44. #
    Bonnie Sayward — September 15, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Amazing flavors. Time-consuming, but not difficult. Really enjoyed them with breakfast and shared some with my neighbors!

  45. #
    Anne Collins — September 15, 2019 at 8:28 am

    My family and I love these cinnamon rolls!!! They are so soft and gooey! The cinnamon flavor is all there in the best possible way!!! The recipe is easy to follow so I’ll definitely be making these again

  46. #
    Sara Williams — September 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

    My family loves these cinnamon rolls. We will definitely be making this recipe again!

  47. #
    Dani Dick — September 15, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I made the recipe vegan by omitting the eggs and using almond milk and vegan butter— they hit the spot!

  48. #
    Rebecca — September 15, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I tried the method of putting in the fridge overnight and then baking in the morning. I think I should have baked them right away. Flavor was ok but they didn’t rise very much even after taking them out of the fridge for a couple hours. I’ll stick with my Gma’s recipe and I do like a cream cheese frosting better. Personal preference of course.

  49. #
    Ashlee Lensmyer — September 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Overall these were great, but the dough for the rolls themselves could have used a little more flavor. But, we enjoyed them as a special treat! I was proud of myself for baking something for the first time with yeast!

  50. #
    Jill Puhlmann-Becker — September 15, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    This recipe turned out so well! My family loved it because the dough had great taste and texture. The cinnamon was wrapped throughout the roll and the icing was so creamy and sweet!

  51. #
    Jill Puhlmann-Becker — September 15, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    My family loved these cinnamon rolls! They were so good. The dough had a great taste and turned out so light. The cinnamon was spread throughout the roll and the icing was creamy and sweet!

  52. #
    Anne perez — September 16, 2019 at 2:34 am

    This is definitely my new fave recipe for cinnamon rolls. Soooo gooood!

  53. #
    Ashley Liautaud — September 16, 2019 at 6:06 am

    super easy to follow and tastes amazing in the end!

  54. #
    Susie — September 16, 2019 at 8:59 am

    1. Can I use almond milk instead?
    2. With the Active yeast, do I add with the milk and butter before the sour cream?
    3. Is there a video of making them?

    Thanks Tessa!

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      Tessa Arias — September 16, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Susie! You can use almond milk, but since it has a lower fat content the final texture won’t be as rich. Whole milk works best. You can add the active dry yeast either way, but it’ll activate faster with just the milk. No video for this particular recipe.

  55. #
    Dorina — September 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Absolutely delicious.

    It was a recipe that was super easy to follow so even I could do it haha.
    The roll was so soft and fluffy. Everyone loved it.
    My new go to recipe from now on.

  56. #
    Dorina — September 16, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Absolutely delicious.

    The recipe was super simple to follow and I had all the ingredients.
    It was soft and fluffy and everyone loved it.

  57. #
    Lexi — September 16, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Second time ever making cinnamon rolls. Easy to follow recipe and the house smells like fall! Perfectly soft, fluffy and ooey gooey!

  58. #
    Sue Durland Galbraith — September 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    This was easy to follow. I had all ingredients on hand as well. I wanted to make it into mini rolls because I wanted to share with my co-workers. They were a big hit!

  59. #
    Sumika Nishihara — September 17, 2019 at 12:17 am

    It turned out amazing, it was not too sweet, with gooey stuffing and soft bread. loved it!

  60. #
    Sumika Nishihara — September 17, 2019 at 12:20 am

    it turned out amazing, not too sweet, the inside was gooey and the bread was soft. I almost ate the whole thing and it was 10 oclock at night!

  61. #
    Cat Walker — September 17, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    These were so easy to make and very delicious. I’d never made cinnamon rolls before so I was very intimidated but the recipe was easy to follow and had me feeling like a pro! I don’t have a bowl mixer so I had to knead by hand and they still turned out amazing.

  62. #
    Rebecca Hawkins — September 18, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I love cinnamon rolls! I also love that this recipe gives you the option to start them one day and finish the next.

  63. #
    Lea — September 18, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Do you think this would still be good without the eggs? I have egg replacer, but I know real eggs add to the richness, and don’t want to ruin this if it won’t be good without them. I recently discovered I am allergic to eggs

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      Tessa Arias — September 18, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Oh no! I’m really unsure how they’d be without eggs.

  64. #
    Taylor — September 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    These were absolutely delicious! They were so easy to make! I can’t wait to make another batch.

  65. #
    Keeks Treats — September 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    These cinnamon rolls were so easy to make! I baked them in muffin liners so it was easier to share with friends and family!

  66. #
    Karen — September 18, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Can these be made ahead and frozen? If so what would I need to do

  67. #
    Thuy — September 19, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Can you do this without a stand mixer and dough hook?

  68. #
    Victoria — September 19, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    These rolls are so delicious and tender and gooey! I made them for my hubbys birthday and he and his Co-workers loved them!

  69. #
    Pamela Foyle — September 19, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    These cinnamon buns are quite perfect. Not to hard to make, dough just excellent! Hoping to win the heart of my boyfriend with your recipe Tessa!

  70. #
    @whyibakedacake — September 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve made my fair share of cinnamon roll recipes—this one is exceptional! Just the right amount of sweetness and cinnamon paired with a soft, tender roll. Perfection!

  71. #
    Teri — September 20, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I love this recipe because it is not overwhelmingly sweet.

  72. #
    Ashley Acevedo — September 20, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Wow! This taste amazing. I’ve been searching a great recipe for cinnamon rolls and this is the one! I like to warm it up a little bit in the microwave and have a great cup of coffee xoxo greetings from Puerto Rico

  73. #
    Ekjot — September 20, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    BEST. CINNAMON. ROLLS. EVER. SIMPLE.

  74. #
    Nataliya Tsipan — September 20, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Love all of the recipes that you post. This is my first entry so I’m super excited. ❤️ Cinnamon rolls are my favorite to make. I make them for family, friends, and coworkers. ❤️

  75. #
    Katelyn Derrick — September 21, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I use to use a copycat Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe but after trying this recipe i will never use the Cinnabon recipe again. This recipe is everything cinnamon rolls should be!

  76. #
    Julia Herdegen — September 21, 2019 at 7:35 am

    It was a bit too long to make every weekend, but everyone loved it! Great recipe!

  77. #
    Julia Herdegen — September 21, 2019 at 7:37 am

    It was a great recipe. I ended up making it during the week and dethawing it overnight. It went over so well with everyone. I wouldn’t make them every week… It’s a lot of effort, but every once and a while it will made for a great treat!

  78. #
    Kaitlin Buchanan — September 21, 2019 at 8:43 am

    These cinnamon rolls turned out great! I even followed the “make ahead” instructions (which I have never done before), so I was worried they wouldn’t rise properly. However, they were perfectly light & fluffy after baking!

  79. #
    Sarah Starks — September 21, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Delicious! My entire family loved them!

  80. #
    Susan Terry — September 21, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    These are the most amazing Cinnamon rolls I have ever made! Your instructions are easy to follow and I can’t wait to bring them to a family event. Love, love, love them!

  81. #
    Kathreen — September 21, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Easy to make!

  82. #
    Evana — September 22, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I made half the recipe with my 3 year old so very easy to make and very yummy!

  83. #
    Maria — September 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Delicious!

  84. #
    Sarah — September 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    We enjoyed the cinnamons rolls but sadly they didn’t turn out soft or pillowy as described. I’m sure it wasn’t an error somewhere along on our part but we really did enjoy the flavors and thought it wasn’t a good first attempt.

  85. #
    Katie — September 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    “Cinnamon rolls five stars” is the text my husband sent after trying these! I made them yesterday and put them into the refrigerator for the second rise. They turned out perfect! I was always reluctant to use yeast, but this recipe was really easy. I’ll definitely be making this again!

  86. #
    Julie McGugan — September 22, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    The dough was so soft! Stays moist after baking. Will definitely make again.

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    Karyn Lucas — September 22, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Absolutely delicious!

  88. #
    Fithria — September 22, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Delicious. My husband wants me to make it again

  89. #
    Simone — September 23, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Sooo gooey and delicious
    10/10 will make again
    You gotta make this!!❤

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    Leslie S. — September 23, 2019 at 7:16 am

    My husband has always doubted that homemade cinnamon rolls could be anything but the rock hard, flavorless ones served to him as a kid. I have finally proven him wrong thanks to this recipe! I made it the night before and followed the instructions for next-morning baking and it worked very well. Easy recipe resulting in rich yet fluffy rolls with the perfect cinnamon level in the filling. I will ABSOLUTELY make these again and next time try this in two 9-inch pie dishes to bake one batch and freeze the other.

    Does anyone have a good cream cheese icing recipe?

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      Tessa Arias — September 24, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Yay! There’s a cream cheese icing recipe in the pink box in the blog post above 🙂

  91. #
    Leslie S. — September 23, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Fantastic recipe resulting in rich yet fluffy rolls with the perfect cinnamon filling. I made these the night before and baked them in the morning according to the instructions with no issues. I will absolutely make these again! Any recommendations for making a cream cheese icing?

  92. #
    Kimberly Dierker — September 23, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Our whole family loved the cinnamon rolls! They were very easy to make. I made them the night before and baked them in the morning before school.

  93. #
    Joanna Glud — September 23, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I have always wanted to make cinnamon rolls but have been afraid. I made these yesterday and they came out GREAT!!! My family LOVED them and they were very easy. The recipe was easy to follow and we couldn’t wait to eat them. VERY tasty and definitely adding to my recipe collection.

  94. #
    Devin — September 23, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Made these with my sister for my family one weekend when I was home from school and to say they were a hit would be an understatement. The dough was PERFECT and I made them with Tessa’s cream cheese frosting instead of just the glaze: incredible. Thinking about them now has me ready to get the flour and butter out right this minute.

  95. #
    Rachel Rumschlag — September 23, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve made hundreds of cinnamon rolls looking for what I wanted and I think this might finally be it. Soft and luscious. Turning the filling into a whipped paste? Genius.

    I’ll made them again without question.

  96. #
    Shannon Nordgren — September 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    These are some of the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made! Great flavor but not too sweet. Big and soft. The icing was yummy and not too rich. I will definitely make these again! Thanks for the recipe!

  97. #
    Andy Reyes — September 26, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I’m an amateur baker but am always willing to try new things! I followed this recipe as best as I could and they turned out BEAUTIFUL! So happy I found you Tessa, thank you!!

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      Thuy — September 26, 2019 at 9:45 am

      I’ve been baking for 1-2 years myself. Did you have a hand mixer for this or did you have a stand mixer with a dough hook like the recipe says? I’m wondering if anyone had success with a hand mixer / hands.

  98. #
    Gilly — September 26, 2019 at 11:39 am

    These cinnamon rolls are Deeeelish!! So scrummy and gooey and somehow, not too sweet. I make them all the time and EVERYONE loves them ❤️

  99. #
    Gilly — September 26, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Love these cinnamon rolls! I make them every week and EVERYONE loves them! ❤️

  100. #
    Megan Gregory — September 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    The dough for these Cinnamon Rolls is absolute perfection! It smelled so good while proofing, was so soft, and EASY to work with. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars only because I like my cinnamon rolls with extra cinnamon filling, so next time I will do 1.5 times the recipe. All in all, AMAZING!!

  101. #
    Monica Prudencio — September 27, 2019 at 10:22 am

    The best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever eaten. Pretty easy to make even when kneading by hand, and so delicious! My roommates loved them.

  102. #
    Sarah — September 27, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Easy to make and absolutely delicious! I loved making them with my family

  103. #
    Anujha — September 27, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Gooey and soft cinnnamon rolls

  104. #
    Anujha — September 27, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Yummiest cinnamon roll ever made

  105. #
    Colleen Durham — September 28, 2019 at 6:06 am

    These are fantastic! I made them ahead of time for a beach trip and froze them to bring. I went for hen cream cheese frosting, which is amazing and the rolls themselves are absolutely delicious. Go-to cinnamon roll recipe here!

  106. #
    Crystal Romero — September 28, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Loved how simple this recipe was to make. It was my first time using yeast with much success ! Give it a try super yummy, my kids loved them.

  107. #
    Crystal Romero — September 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Great recipe a must try really good.

  108. #
    Logan — September 28, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I have made plenty of cinnamon roll recipes over the years – many have been great, but I am always searching for the perfect cinnamon rolls. And these rolls are the best I have EVER made! They are tender and buttery, with a perfect gooey center and pillowy dough. A tip for cinnamon roll newbies: when the dough is sticky, don’t add too much flour. Just keep kneading until it becomes smooth and less sticky. Adding too much flour will make them dry and tough!

  109. #
    Velia Fernandez — September 28, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Absolutely delicious! This is my new go to recipe for holidays and brunch gatherings!!

  110. #
    Kathryn — September 28, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Loved making these! Easiest to follow and who doesn’t love a gooey center?

  111. #
    Sara Rowland — September 28, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    My husband loves these! I have made them 5 times this month!

  112. #
    Sara Rowland — September 28, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    My husband loves these!! I have made them at least 5 times this month!

  113. #
    Sara Rowland — September 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I love this recipe! I have made it over 5 times the last month!

  114. #
    Jenna Zaback — September 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    These were so good!! I personally have quite the sweet tooth so I added more sugar than the recipe calls for (1/2 cup granulated sugar and a full cup brown sugar instead of the 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup respectively) and they turned out great! The vanilla flavor really stands out and was so nice. I already want to make them again!

  115. #
    Rachel Lundberg — September 28, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Great recipe! I made these the overnight version and they turned out fantastic. Also made the cream cheese frosting. Thanks for your recipes!

  116. #
    Josee Forsythe — September 28, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Sooo gooey and yummy!!!

  117. #
    Stephanie Fryer — September 29, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Really simple and tastes great. The whole family approved!

  118. #
    Amy Miller — September 29, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I’m from Kansas originally so a big pot of chili means cinnamon rolls! First time trying a new recipe and I think this will replace my old standby! So easy to make and the rolls were so fluffy. My family LOVES them!

  119. #
    Mariana Diaz Orlich — September 29, 2019 at 9:39 am

    When I was waiting for the rolls to bake I thought to myself “I don’t think I’ll be doing these again… To complicated…” But oh boy…. When I finished…. THe look, the smell, THE TASTE! I’ll definitely be doing this recipe again!!

  120. #
    Henna — September 29, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Soft and delicious

  121. #
    Annie — September 29, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Tessa,
    This is an awesome recipe. I made it without icing (my kids don’t like icing 🙁 sorry!). It was still so delicious! Perfect pairing with coffee this morning. I think this’ll go into my proven recipe folder

  122. #
    Annie — September 29, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Excellent recipe! It was really delicious and it was easy to make. I did it the make ahead way. My kids don’t like icing on cinnamon rolls so skipped that. Otherwise followed the recipe as it is.

  123. #
    Briana Schulte — September 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Amazing recipe! So soft and gooey. Easy instructions to follow for a beginner working with yeast.

  124. #
    Lisa Whitten — September 29, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Love it so soft and fluffy just the right amount of sweetness and cinnamon.. Thank you so much for the recipe..

  125. #
    Paulina Zacchia — September 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    These puffed up beautifully & tasted gooey & delicious!! Thanks for another great recipe 🙂

  126. #
    Sue Benz — September 29, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    These were so good, was worried I wasn’t making it right since I had to keep adding flour to get it into a ball but it proofed up so much and I added some apples into the filling too. Will definitely make this again.

  127. #
    Lauren Schumacher — September 30, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Wow these were some of the best I’ve made!!!! The dough turned out amazing, so fluffy and soft. I mean it melted in your mouth. My husband ate three in a row haha so they must have be good

  128. #
    Lauren Schumacher — September 30, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Absolutely obsessed with this recipe!!!
    Soft and fluffy!!!

  129. #
    Emma — September 30, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Super easy and straightforward to make. I made mine the night before, so they were hot and fresh in the morning. My only negative is that the dough wasn’t sweet enough. I would add more sugar to the dough. Otherwise, this is my new go to recipe!!

  130. #
    Jazz Fung — September 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    So simple and delicious! Thank you!

  131. #
    Lilien — September 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I always tend to have serendipitous cravings for warm, pillowy, thick cinnamon rolls, but am never satiated by the overly sweet rolls from the stands in the mall and never made them at home because it seemed a bit intimidating for a sporadic baker as myself. But with these easy to follow instructions, this is a recipe I will definitely keep coming back to, especially to keep that heavenly aroma wafting throughout my home. I’m always my harshest critic, but I was really pleased with how great these came out for my first time. It checks all the boxes for that tender, buttery, cinnamon-spiced, melt-in-yo-mouth center with the indescribable mouth-feel that every cinnamon roll should have.

  132. #
    Lisa — October 18, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I’ve never had success with yeast before! Easy and delicious.

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