4.5 from 2 votes
Cinnamon Rolls
Perfect Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins

These perfect cinnamon rolls are delicious, light and fluffy.  

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon roll, cinnamon rolls recipe, easy cinnamon rolls
Unit: cup, large, Tablespoon, teaspoon
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 429 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
For the Dough
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk , scalded
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour
For the Filling:
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins , walnuts, or pecans, optional
For the Glaze
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-6 Tablespoons hot water
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. 

  3. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. 

  4. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  5. When doubled in size, lightly punch down dough. 

  6. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread thin layer of melted butter all over dough. 

  7. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. 

  8. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

  9. Coat the bottom of baking pan with non-stick spray. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. 

  10. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

  11. Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. 

  12. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. 

  13. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Paula Deen