Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

I decided last minute to make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. It has been a tradition in my family since I was a little girl and I wanted to keep it up. So this year, I made them on Christmas Eve, so I could just heat them up Christmas morning.

I started out with a basic roll recipe.



1 cup water, plus 
1 tablespoon water (70-80 F) 
1 large egg 
4 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil 
3 1/4 cups bread flour 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 


melted butter


all purpose flour
Cinnamon Roll ingredients


1. Mix the dough ingredients in a bread maker, but only use the dough option. This allows you to mix everything and let it rise without doing any extra work. Sometimes I make the dough all by hand, but with twin toddlers running around, bread maker it was.
Cinnamon Roll ingredients

2. Once your dough has finished mixing and rising, take it out of the bread maker and put it on a floured surface.
Cinnamon Roll dough

3. Roll out the dough into a rectangle. It should be about 1/8 inch thick.
Cinnamon Roll dough

4. Melt some butter in a bowl and brush your dough liberally with the melted butter.
Buttered dough
buttered dough

5. Sprinkle dough with sugar and cinnamon. Use a lot. Make sure your dough is covered in the mixture.
homemade cinnamon rolls

6. Starting with the long side of the rectangle, rolls your dough into a log. Make sure to roll it tightly. Once you get to the end, use a little extra butter to close the roll.
homemade cinnamon rolls

7. Slide your log onto a cutting board and cut into one inch chunks.
homemade cinnamon rolls

8. Using the extra butter, brush your round pan with some butter on the bottom and sides. Place your rolls into the pan. I put about 9 rolls per pan.
homemade cinnamon rolls

9. Put in your oven on the warm setting or place them in a warm area for one hour.
homemade cinnamon rolls

10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and cook for 10 minutes. This stops the dough from rising anymore and "kills" the yeast.

11. The morning of, you can reheat your cinnamon rolls for 5 to 8 minutes at 350 degrees. You can serve plain or with an icing.
homemade cinnamon rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

I am linking up with Jenn.


  1. Yum! Cinnamon rolls are so delicious and making them yourself is even better. I'm sure they were perfect for Christmas morning. Way to go!

  2. I'm such a sucker for cinnamon rolls! But would you guess that I've never made them myself. I need to add this to my list!

  3. Yum!! These look amazing! I always make homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning but I prepare them on Christmas Eve too. This year I totally forgot to buy yeast thinking I had some but nope. So at midnight on Christmas Eve I was preparing cinnamon rolls made without yeast (yep it's a thing LOL) they were not nearly as good but still OK. Next year I will remember the yeast!!

  4. Yum these look so good!! I still have a batch in my freezer that I can't wait to pull out one day!

  5. Those look amazing.
    I want to learn to start working with dough. That's a 2017 goal - make my own bread. Then I'll step it up to these babies.

  6. Holy deliciousness! My mom used to make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning too, and I wussed out this year and bought pre-made ones. I need to try out this recipe. YUM <3
    Green Fashionista

  7. Yum! Nothing better than warm cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning! How do you like your bread maker? Sometimes I think I need one!

    1. Oh yes very much so. I love my bread maker. Super easy to use. I don't use it enough though. But it makes making dough so much easier. You should get one!!!

  8. Yum! My uncle always used to make these when we would have cousin sleepovers and now I want some! I love cinnamon rolls. I always do waffles on Christmas day but maybe I need to change it up!

  9. Oh my word! Those look amazing. I need to try this soon!

  10. I could eat cinnamon rolls every single day! And believe it or not, I've never had homemade ones! Every time we have them they are always the Pillsbury ones in a can. I will have to try these sometime!