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Cinnamon Rolls for Holiday Breakfasts

Kelly K
Posted by Kelly K on Oct 19, 2023

As the holidays approach us, I've been getting in the mood to start making my favorite desserts. In my family, we always make cinnamon rolls to enjoy for breakfast or really any time of the day.

Making doughs might seem daunting, but follow these easy steps and you’ll be enjoying these soft, fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls on any occasion.


Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls

Active time: 40 minutes

Start to finish: 3 hours


For the dough:

1 cup whole milk

4 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar


1 Tablespoon active dry yeast

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/4 cup lukewarm water

1 egg, beaten

3 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt


1 stick butter, softened for filling


For the filling:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon


For cream cheese frosting:

8oz package cream cheese

4 Tablespoons butter

1 ½ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

cinnamon roll mise1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, butter, and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Once butter has melted turn off heat and cool to room temperature.

milk & butter2. While the milk is cooling, stir together the yeast, 1 teaspoonof sugar and water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Allow to sit for about 2-3 minutes, or until frothy, to ensure the yeast is alive.

yeast-Oct-19-2023-02-38-57-3582-AM3. Add the cooled milk mixture, beaten egg, and flour. Start mixing on low speed until the mixture is at a shaggy constituency. Then add the salt.

kitchenaid flour4. Mix the dough for about 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough should be tacky, but not sticky.

mixer dough

dough ball-Oct-19-2023-02-41-31-9378-AM5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

dough risen6. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.

roll out dough7. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle that is about 18 by 10 inches and about ¼ inch thick.

dough rectangle8. Spread softened butter over the dough, going all the way to the edges, sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the butter.

dough with butterdough with filling-29. Starting on one of the long sides, roll up the dough into a tight log. Then slice the log into 12 equal pieces. Place in a baking dish or on a sheet pan.

smooth dough rolldough roll cut-1

cut slices10. Lightly spray them with pam, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to proof until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

cinnamon rolls covered in plastic11. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes.

baked cinnamon rolls12. While cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium size bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar until well combined.

13. Frost cinnamon rolls as soon as they come out of the oven.

frosted cinnamon rollIf you enjoyed this recipe and would like to learn more about bread making or pastries, don't miss How to Bake Bread on Wednesday, November 22 11am at Lincoln Square. 

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Topics: cinnamon, breakfast, cinnamon rolls, brunch, Recipes

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