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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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This recipe for Homemade Cinnamon Rolls is made with the best dinner roll dough with a sweet cinnamon filling topped with cream cheese icing.

pan of homemade cinnamon rolls

I have been at it again – finding more ways to use the base of the best dinner roll dough.  It was requested that I try cinnamon rolls and the results of the trial were fabulous.  I made the basic dough in my bread machine.  Then I rolled it out, added magic dust – err, I mean cinnamon sugar, rolled it into a log, cut into slices, and then baked.  Then a luscious cream cheese icing was drizzled on top after the rolls had cooled.  Yum!

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle.  Spread melted butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Roll up the dough and cut in half.  Cut each half into two pieces.  (I find that this is the easiest way to have somewhat equal-sized rolls.

Bake until golden brown.

Allow to cool and then drizzle icing on top.

Yield: 16

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe for Homemade Cinnamon Rolls is made with the best dinner roll dough with a sweet cinnamon filling topped with cream cheese icing.

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cup milk, heated in microwave on high for 40 seconds
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 large egg


  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • Cinnamon sugar


  • 4 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 block, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Place ingredients for dough in bread machine according to manufacturer's instructions. (For my machine, I place the ingredients in this order: milk, butter, flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. I add the egg after the paddle has spun around once.) Set dough cycle.
  2. Remove from bread machine and divide dough in half. Roll each half into rectangle approximately 16 x 8 inches. Spread each half with 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Roll each half and cut into 12 pieces. (I cut it in half, then each half in half, and then those into thirds.)
  4. Place in pans sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray tops of cinnamon rolls with non-stick cooking spray and place in warm oven. (I usually let my oven get to mid 100's and turn it off.)
  5. Allow to rise for 45 minutes.
  6. Turn oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  7. For icing, combine ingredients and whisk well. Spread or drizzle over cinnamon rolls.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Saturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 51gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g

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I am not a big fan of eating cereal, so these really hit the spot for me.  They also make a great dessert.  I find that if I don’t eat them right away, they are best reheated in the microwave for about 20 seconds.  Since the recipe makes two pans, it is easy to have one now and freeze one for later.

Adapted from My Adventures in the Country’s Delicious Country Rolls.

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Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

These look amazing. I would like to try them but do not have a bread machine. Could you please tell me how you recommend making the dough without a bread machine? :) Thank you~


Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Hi Jaclyn,

Thanks for stopping by. Check out this post from Tiffany at Don't Waste The Crumbs - The post tells how to convert bread machine recipes.

I would love to hear how they turn out for you.

Take care, Lynda

Rachel @RunningRachel

Thursday 26th of June 2014

This look sSO yummy... and relatively 'easy' that even I could do it.


Sunday 12th of May 2013

These look amazing.