Classic Cinnamon Rolls + Cream Cheese Icing


These are the best cinnamon rolls. I created this recipes from a few different recipes I tried. It does take a little bit of time to make these, but they're perfect for a lazy Sunday!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 package active dry yeast (8g)
  • 1/3 cup softened butter (unsalted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Cinnamon Filling:
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cups softened butter (unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
*This makes quite a bit of icing. I love my cinnamon rolls drowning in icing. Feel free to cut the icing recipe in half if you feel that it will be too much*

Step One:

In a small saucepan, warm the milk until it bubbles. Remove from heat and allow the milk to cool until lukewarm. Whisk in the yeast until dissolved.

Step Two:

In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, and salt. Mix until incorporated. Then add the milk/yeast mixture and mix using the dough hook attachment on your mixer. (A wooden spoon will work fine if you don't have a mixer).

Step Three:

Lightly oil a large bowl, and place the dough in it. Let rise for at least 1 hour.

Step Four: 

After your dough has risen, roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough until it's about 14' thick and is in the shape of a rectangle.

Step Five:

Now you can add your filling. Start by spreading the softened butter evenly on the dough, then the cinnamon, and finally the brown sugar.

Step Six: 

Starting with the long side, begin rolling the dough into one long log. Do this carefully or else the dough will rip.

Step Seven:

Once you have it all rolled up, cut into 2 inch pieces. Sometimes I find it easier to use dental floss/ribbon as opposed to a knife to cut the rolls. Place each roll into a lightly grease glass pan (I used a 9x13 inch dish). Place a damp cloth over the dish and allow the cinnamon buns to rise for another 30 minutes.

Step Eight:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake cinnamon buns for 25 minutes or until they start to brown on top. *KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON CINNAMON ROLLS AS THEY'RE IN THE OVEN. BAKING TIME VARIES*

Step Nine:

While waiting for the cinnamon buns to bake, make your icing by mixing cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixture until smooth and fluffy. At first the icing will be very crumbly, but continue to mix and it will turn into a smooth and fluffy icing!

Step Ten:

Spread the icing over the cinnamon buns once they have cooled slightly.

Enjoy! xo

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