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Cinnamon Rolls | My Mom’s Recipe

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I’m sure I’ve eaten hundreds of my Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls over the years.

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been baking loads of deliciousness. Every week she was making cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, pies and other delicious treats for the teacher’s lounge at school, for church gatherings and luckily, for us, too!

One of my fondest memories in the kitchen is baking alongside my mom in the kitchen. I had my own set of baking tools – a mini roll pan and miniature pie pans, a plastic rolling pin and mat.  She gave me her pie scraps, extra dough and fillings so I could make my own creations. Was the dough overworked by the time I finally finished rolling it out? You bet? But did my creations taste so sweet to me? You betcha!

While I’m sure I never made anything as good as my Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls, I enjoyed that extra time with her then and the warm fuzzies I having thinking about it to this day.

To make sure I get things right, here are some detailed instructions to make Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls.

To make the dough – In a small saucepan, heat milk to a simmer. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, salt & butter and stir to combine. Cool to lukewarm.

In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and 1 tsp. sugar. Let stand until bubbly – those bubbles are actually the yeast eating the sugar. Strange but true.

Here’s the thing when you’re working with yeast…

You can’t let it scare you. 

That’s right. Yeast is a growing, living thing, so it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated. Don’t let the yeast know you’re scared and everything will be fine. Or, just use a thermometer to make sure your water isn’t too hot (it will kill the yeast) or too cold (it won’t activate the yeast). For active dry yeast, the water temperature should be between 105 and 115 °F for proofing.

Stir in milk mixture, beaten eggs, and half of flour. Beat until smooth.

Mix in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.

Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning over once to grease surfaces. I usually spray a bowl with Pam, in case you’re wondering how I grease the bowl.

Cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

While the dough is proofing (growing larger) it needs to be in a warmish environment. In the wintertime our kitchen can run a little cold for proofing. I usually help the dough out a bit by keeping it near the oven while I’m cooking something. In the summertime, I have memories of the dough hanging out on top of the lawn mower in our garage.

Don’t worry, it was a very clean garage and the dough was covered…What is it they say? Necessity is the mother of invention? Or something. Anyway, it did the job.

Punch down and turn out onto a floured surface. This is not a chance to let all your aggressions out, just a one-two punch should do the trick. Cover, let rest 10 minutes.

In the meantime, mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush a 9×13 pan with melted butter.

Roll dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle. Brush dough with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon mixture. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting at the narrow end.

When it comes time to butter the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, don’t be shy. Think of the butter as the glue. You’ll need to add enough so the sugar has something to stick to. And there is LOTS of cinnamon sugar mixture so be generous with the butter, too!

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Cut rolls at 1 1/2 inch intervals, using a piece of thread or dental floss under the rolled dough and pulling up and around sides. Criss cross thread at the top and pull quickly to cut. See, Dr. Sullivan, all that dental floss you gave me is going to a good cause! Oh, and of course, you know, for my teeth too…

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Put rolls, cut sides up, in prepared pan so that the spiral shows. Drizzle any remaining melted butter over the rolls.

Can you guess what my word of the day is???

Butter….

Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. <—– That right there is 100% the reason why I make these Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas breakfast. I don’t have to dirty a single licking pan and I can drink my coffee in peace while these babies cook and make the whole house smell GLORIOUS!

 

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To cook these, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Let the rolls stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.

Then you’ll make the glaze which is so not difficult it’s crazy.

I am NOT a baker by nature. My mom’s the baker, I’m the cook. Well, she’s an awesome cook too but I digress. My point is, these cinnamon rolls are so easy to make even I can do it

And if I can do it, it means YOU can do it.

Mmmmm, cinnamon rolls – warm and yeasty, with just a little crunch from a butter/cinnamon/sugar blend, these are simple to make and oh so good!

Give my Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls a try, and here’s an extra tip…I like to lightly drizzle the glaze on the rolls when they have slightly cooled. (It sinks into the nooks and crannies this way). Let the rolls completely cool, then spread the remaining icing.

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Mom's Best Cinnamon Rolls

Course: Dessert

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 packages dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 1/2 cup flour (approximately)

Cinnamon Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 6 T. butter, melted

Icing/Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 T. milk or water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract optional

Instructions

To make the dough

  • To make the dough - In a small saucepan, heat milk to a simmer. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, salt & butter and stir to combine. Cool to lukewarm.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and 1 tsp. sugar. Let stand until bubbly. Stir in milk mixture, beaten eggs, and half of flour. Beat until smooth.
  • Mix in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.
  • Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning over once to grease surfaces. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down and turn out onto a floured surface. Cover, let rest 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush a 9x13 pan with melted butter.
  • Roll dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle. Brush dough with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon mixture. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting at the narrow end.
  • Cut rolls at 1 1/2 inch intervals, using a piece of thread or dental floss under the rolled dough and pulling up and around sides. Criss cross thread at the top and pull quickly to cut.
  • Put rolls, cut sides up, in prepared pan so that the spiral shows. Drizzle any remaining melted butter over the rolls. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Let the rolls stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  • When oven is preheated, bake 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Drizzle with glaze.

To Make the Glaze

  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar and optional vanilla.  Slowly add milk or water, mixing until the desired consistency is achieved. 

Notes

I like to lightly drizzle the glaze on the rolls when they have slightly cooled. (It sinks into the nooks and crannies this way). Let the rolls completely cool, then spread the remaining icing.

overnight cinnamon rolls are the perfect make ahead breakfast sweet for holidays or every day!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Pavani
    December 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    5 stars
    Those are absolutely delicious looking cinnamon rolls. Loved reading your post and about baking with your mom. My daughter loves to help me bake – hopefully she’ll grow up loving to bake.

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:56 am

      I love baking with our kids!!

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    December 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    5 stars
    these are so mouthwatering I just wish I were eating these right now I love cinnamon and the rolls are out of this world!

  • Reply
    Byron Thomas
    December 7, 2018 at 7:29 am

    5 stars
    I’m sitting here at my desk at work – I should be working, but instead, I’m sipping on my coffee and wishing I had one of these cinnamon rolls to go with it! I have not had a cinnamon roll in years! My mom used to make them all of the time and they would look just like this! I think you’ve inspired me to make a batch this weekend. Cheers!

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Perfect, so glad you like them!

  • Reply
    Marisa Franca
    December 7, 2018 at 8:34 am

    5 stars
    I bet your house smelled wonderful as they baked!! And a warm lawnmower? Well we do what we must to get that dough to rise. I’ve had sourdough starters I’ve but in the oddest places just to get to that perfect temperature. Now, getting back to your delicious looking cinnamon rolls, I bet they’re perfect for breakfast or brunch!! This recipe is a winner.

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Yes, the lawn mower tip always makes me laugh!

  • Reply
    Cheese Curd In Paradise
    December 7, 2018 at 9:43 am

    5 stars
    These looks delicious. I am wanting to make a tried and true recipe, and it looks like I found it! Thank you for all the detailed instruction!

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:54 am

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Jyothi (Jo)
    December 7, 2018 at 10:30 am

    5 stars
    These are absolute delicious looking cinnamon rolls. I haven’t come across any one who would say no to cinnamon rolls. Entire crowd pleaser from breakfast t brunch

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Yes, always a crowd pleaser for sure! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jen
    December 7, 2018 at 11:09 am

    5 stars
    These look amazing- but you are right I am totally scared of yeast rolls. I always mess them up. Your instructions re so detailed, I might brave it and give these a whirl

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Awesome, thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Justine
    December 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    Family recipes are the best. The memories you associate with them are priceless. These cinnamon rolls look amazing, and I can’t wait to make them with my kids!

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:53 am

      I agree about the memories, so sweet!!

  • Reply
    April
    December 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    5 stars
    I can’t believe you’ve got this recipe published! Mom’s recipes are my faves and I have been hunting for them in the past couple of months! Must be so yummy.

    • Reply
      Deanne
      March 15, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Family recipes are the best!

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