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Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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

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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.

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best cinnamon roll recipe

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cinnamon rolls drizzled with cream cheese icing

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

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

Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins Inactive Time 35 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 1 hr
Yields 10

The Best Cinnamon Roll recipe, ready to enjoy in an hour! These yeast cinnamon rolls are quick, easy, light and fluffy and a touch of cream makes them incredibly moist!


  • 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

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk/heavy cream


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk & butter. Stir until melted & remove from heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 2¼ c flour, sugar, salt. Add yeast & lukewarm milk mixture. Combine. Add egg.
  3. 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.
  4. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ¼ c heavy cream. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  7. Mix icing ingredients until smooth & drizzle over rolls.

Recipe Notes

You can make cinnamon roll icing without cream cheese if you prefer. 

2 c powdered sugar

2 Tbsp butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla

4 Tbsp milk

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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.

38 comments on “Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe”

  1. Totally craving cinnamon rolls right now – these look incredibly delicious (and perfect too)!

  2. Recipe looks like it has fantastic results! Just wanted to double check though, in your ingredients list it says 3 and a 1/4 cups of flour but in the method only 2 and a 1/4 are used….

  3. You reference 1/4c water in the ingredients, but nowhere in the directions. When should this be used.

  4. My husband who is a baker may find the title offensive 😉 but I am giving these a go for Christmas morning…..they do look really delicious!

  5. These look delicious! I’m planning to make them for Christmas but was wondering if it could be done the night before? Could I do everything up until baking, then put them in the fridge overnight? Thanks!

    • Cameron, I would prepare them & cover with plastic wrap – they will rise in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator & let them rise to desired size, about a half hour, then bake.

  6. Little confused here. You say “Turn oven off. Cover rolls with a damp towel & allow to rise 25 minutes. Remove from oven”, so does the dish go in the oven at this point?

  7. Hi there! Looks delicious! I’m a little confused, what is the cream cheese for?

  8. This recipe looks wonderful, but I am curious, why pour heavy cream over them prior to baking?

  9. Hi Julie. I’d love to try this recipe in a week. I was wondering, how much dry active yeast do I use in terms of tbsp?

  10. Self rising or all purpose flour?

  11. I would love to see a video of this being prepared. Personally, I’m a visual learner. It would also answer questions anyone might have.

    • I have been doing videos for some of my most popular recipes, but it’s definitely an investment of time and money. I’m happy to answer any questions you have – they’re pretty quick and easy and ridiculously good! I hope you enjoy them as well!

  12. These looks amazing, and I can’t wait to make some. Hope your Thanksgiving was a great one. Happy Holiday’s!

    • Thank you, Ivory! We have had a wonderful weekend and even made a double batch of these to enjoy throughout. Hope you’re enjoying the holidays so far! I always appreciate you taking the time to leave kind comments – it means so much to me!

  13. I merged this with another recipe becasuee I love to use iron skillets. My only issue is that the filling needs to be thicker. I love cinnamon. I also added toasted pecans.

  14. These are incredible! I was a little scared to try yeast, but it worked and they were worth the effort!

  15. Approximately how large is the rectangle when you roll it out? Guessing approximately 10 x 12?

  16. What size cast iron skillet do you use?

  17. I made this over the weekend and my family loved them!! Excellent recipe!

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