Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time 3 hours Prep Time
Cook Time 20 mins Cook Time
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins Total Time
Yields 24


    For the rolls

    • 2 packages fast rise instant yeast
    • 3/4 cup warm water (aim for 105 to 115 degrees)
    • 2 Tablespoons sugar
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter
    • 4 eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 9 cups bread flour, plus more for sprinkling

    For the filling

    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks, 12 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 3 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon

    For the frosting

    • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 8 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
    • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • Splash heavy cream
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt


    1. Add the water to the bowl of an electric mixer then stir in the sugar and yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the milk. The mixture should foam up quite a bit. If it doesn't froth or foam, your yeast might be bad, and you'll want to start over.
    2. Meanwhile, heat the milk to just below boiling, then stir in the butter, allowing it to melt. Allow the mixture to cool to warm.
    3. Stir the beaten eggs into the yeast mixture. Pour the cooled milk mixture into the yeast mixture in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Whisk in the remaining ½ cup of sugar and the salt.
    4. Add half of the flour to the bowl, using a spatula or spoon to combine. Add the remaining flour (up to 8 cups) and stir, then switch to the dough hook and beat until well combined. Continue to beat with the dough hook until the dough is soft and springy, about 6 minutes. If the mixture is still very sticky, add up to another cup of flour to the dough. The dough should be tacky but shouldn't coat your finger when you touch it.
    5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover loosely with saran wrap, and place in a warm spot to rise for 40 minutes to an hour, or until doubled in size.
    6. Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll or press the dough out into a rectangle approximately 12 inches by 24 inches long. Pour the melted butter over top, spreading it evenly. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugars and cinnamon and then sprinkle that evenly over the top. Cut the rectangle in half so there are two 12 x 12 inch squares. Either roll each square into a tight log and then cut it into 12 slices using dental floss OR use a pizza cutter to slice the rectangle into 24 long strips, and roll each strip individually into a slice. Once the rolls are sliced, place them in a buttered dish, approximately 8 in a 9 x 13 inch pan or 6 in a 9 inch pie pan. Cover the rolls loosely with saran wrap. Refrigerate the rolls overnight, for 8-12 hours.
    7. In the morning, take the rolls out and allow them to rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes, or until puffed.
    8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until tops are golden and set. I recommend under baking just slightly so the rolls stay nice and soft.

    To make the frosting:

    1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on high speed until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt. If you're serving immediately, the rolls can be frosted while still warm. Otherwise, store them unfrosted, then frost and reheat the rolls for a few minutes before serving.


    Recipe Notes

    **You can substitute regular yeast for the fast rise yeast, but your baking time may increase by up to 40%.
    **If you would rather bake the cinnamon rolls right away instead of leaving them to set overnight, follow the instructions through step 6, then immediately set the rolls in a warm place to rise for 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
    © 2016 NeighborFood. All rights reserved.