Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Jun 13, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Oct 22, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

This is the Best Cinnamon Roll recipe, ready to enjoy in an hour! These yeast cinnamon rolls are quick and easy. Get the secret that makes them better than the rest!

best cinnamon roll recipe

Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

I’m always watching my weight, even if it’s just watching those tastes, drips and drizzles going into my mouth. If I’m going to “spend” calories on a sweet treat, it needs to be worth every calorie! I love a good cinnamon roll, but it seems they’re few and far between.

Dieting has made me a food critic! I won’t name names, but I find that a lot of cinnamon rolls are dry and boring. I’ve been on a quest to bake the the best cinnamon roll for a while and I’m happy to announce that I’ve nailed it! I still like cinnamon rolls made from frozen bread dough, but they’re not quite as soft and fluffy and you truly don’t save that much time using the frozen bread dough.

More than once I’ve forgotten to start it the night before and had to come up with an alternate plan in the morning. That’s how these babies were born! Adapted from All Recipes, these light and fluffy rolls are dare I say, the Best Cinnamon Roll recipe.

Yeast Cinnamon Rolls are easy with my simple step-by-step instructions.  I’m all about being fuss-free, especially in the morning. (PS if you want a no yeast shortcut, you’ll love these Easy Cinnamon Rolls, too!)

How to Make Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

how to make the best cinnamon roll recipe

Making cinnamon rolls is easy! There are a couple of “secrets” to these delectable yeast cinnamon rolls – the most important is covering them in cream before baking them. You won’t regret it, I promise! While you can bake them in a traditional baking dish, I love them in the cast iron skillet. It cooks them evenly and feels like they’re fresh from my Grandma’s farm.

The secret to THE BEST cinnamon rolls
Pour icing over the cinnamon rolls directly out of the oven so it can seep into the rolls. Don’t skimp! It’s the best Cinnamon Roll Icing around!

yeast cinnamon rolls in cast iron skillet

best cinnamon roll recipe

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cinnamon rolls in cast iron

Active Dry Yeast versus Instant Yeast

Active dry yeast and instant yeast can be used interchangeably.  Active dry yeast will be slower to rise, so if a recipe (like these amazing rolls) calls for instant yeast and active dry yeast is used instead, you may need to add an additional 10 – 15 minutes to the rise time.

cinnamon rolls drizzled with cream cheese icing

What Readers Are Saying About these Cinnamon Rolls

Sarah “Just made these this morning and they were amazing! Very easy to make and SO SO good. This will be my go-to cinnamon roll recipe from now on!”

Alice “A dear friend with the help of my 7 year old granddaughter made these for me for my birthday. The rolls are just wonderful! I have made them a couple of times since for myself and friends.”

Anne “I made this over the weekend and my family loved them!! Excellent recipe!”

yeast cinnamon rolls in skillet

I use this beautiful cast iron skillet for just about everything – it’s so versatile!

best cinnamon roll recipe with icing

To see how easy making Cinnamon Rolls can be, watch the video in the post.

The BEST Cinnamon Rolls recipe | easy recipe in about an hour

Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

5 from 15 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings (hover to scale): 10
Calories: 590kcal


  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1/3 c butter
  • 3 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 package active quick rise yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
  • 3/4 c brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • ICING:
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream can substitute milk


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk & butter. Stir until melted & remove from heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 c flour, sugar, salt. Add yeast & lukewarm milk mixture. Combine. Add egg.
  • Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead while gradually adding in 1 c flour until the dough forms a ball & pulls aways from the edges of the bowl. You can also knead by hand.
  • Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • On a floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle. Spread melted butter on top. Combine cinnamon & sugar & sprinkle on top. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut 10 strips. Roll & place in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.
  • Turn oven off. Cover rolls with a damp towel & allow to rise 25 minutes. Remove from oven, preheat again to 350 degrees. Cover rolls in 1/4 c heavy cream. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  • Mix icing ingredients until smooth & drizzle over rolls.


Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving & are as excited as I am for the holidays! We’re kicking off the season with a train ride – I can’t wait!

Originally published November 2014, updated October 2018.