The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls #SundaySupper

The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Making and eating these rolls, I can’t stop thinking about how my Granny would have loved them. She would have loved making them and watching movies while they rose and eating them. Unfortunately, she’s been gone for just over seven years, so I’ll never get that memory, but I often imagine what it might be like.

By the time I got up (and I never sleep past eight), she would have already watched a movie (perhaps A Few Good Men or Legally Blonde), drank a few cups of coffee, and eaten something sweet, maybe a homemade muffin from the day before.

After I got up, we’d watch a little news and eat breakfast. Then we’d make the rolls. We wouldn’t break out the stand mixer, but instead Granny would mix them by hand as I added ingredients. We’d wrap up the dough to rest and go take a walk. (This is my day dream, it can be summer :)). Our amble through the neighborhood would be full of birds singing, fresh flowers, and bright sunshine.

The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

We’d roll the dough and slather on the butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Roll up the swirl and cut it into buns to rise again. I’d pop a DVD in or check OnDemand for another movie while we waited for them to rise again.

We’d eat a quick and light a dinner (more room for cinnamon rolls), bake off the rolls, make the cream cheese frosting, and indulge in the best cinnamon rolls we’d ever had. We’d watch another movie before Granny would head to bed and I’d sit up awhile, relishing in the perfect day I had with my grandmother.

The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Of course this will never happen, since she’s gone, but I take comfort in imagining it, thinking of her daily, and asking for her guidance in this crazy thing we call life.

This week’s Sunday Supper was all about casseroles. These are admittedly not exactly a casserole. But they are baked in a casserole sized dish and are best served warm from the oven, like many other casseroles, so I went with it. And you should be glad I did because these cinnamon rolls are THE BOMB!

The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

After just the first bite, I was instantly transported to the Cinnabons I used to love. Except these are infinitely better. The sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the pan makes these soft, giant rolls that much better because it intensifies the cinnamon-y goodness in the roll itself. Oh, and the frosting, slather it on. Not only does it keep the buns soft, but it also tastes fabulous with the little vanilla bean flecks.

I have no doubt Granny would have loved these and I would love them just a little more if I could share one with her.

The BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls



¾ cup warm water

1 packet dry active yeast

½ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)

1 large egg

1/3 cup canola oil

4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour

For the pan

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

For the filling

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar

2 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons cornstarch


8 ounces cream cheese

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

3 cups confectioners’ sugar


Make the dough. In a large bowl, pour in water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir and let proof 5 minutes. When the mixture is bubbly, add remaining ½ cup sugar and salt. Stir to incorporate.

In a small bowl, stir together milk, oil, and egg. Add to the yeast mixture and stir to incorporate. Add 2 cups of flour and mix to combine. Add additional flour in ½ cup increments until the dough comes together and is sticky, but not sticky enough to stick to hands. Knead the dough by hand for about 5 minutes. Place the dough in an oiled bowl (the same one is fine), cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours until at least doubled in size.

Prepare the pan. Line a 9 by 13 inch pan with parchment. Butter with the 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Make the filling. In a medium sized bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch.

Flour a large, clean surface to roll out the dough. Lightly flour the dough, the rolling pin, and your hands. Roll out dough to a large rectangle, perhaps about 12 by 20 inches, until it is ¼-1/2 inch thick. Just do the best you can – it doesn’t have to be perfect. Spread the butter over the dough and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over it. Use all of it. Lightly press it into the dough.

Starting from one of the long sides of dough, roll into a tight spiral. Cut off the uneven ends. Then cut the roll in half, in half again, and then cut each half into thirds, leaving you with 12 rolls. Place the rolls into the prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours. They should be giant and touching.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. I highly recommend peeking inside one of the center ones with a fork or knife to be sure it’s cooked (I made the mistake of not doing that with a different recipe. My frosted cinnamon rolls were raw. No bueno!)

While the rolls bake, make the frosting. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter using a hand or stand mixer. Add vanilla bean paste, corn syrup, and lemon juice and beat to combine. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar while beating on low. Once all the sugar has been added, beat until frosting is light and fluffy.

Remove the rolls from the oven and frost immediately with half of the frosting. Allow them to cool a couple minutes and then add more frosting. You can also serve with a dollop of frosting on the side.

Rolls are best served hot out of the oven, but they may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Rolls may also be frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for a couple hours or in the microwave for about 1 minute, until warm.


Additional, inactive prep time of 4 hours is necessary for the dough to rise.

Recipe adapted from Lauren's Latest

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  1. The mounds of icing, the sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the pan—your cinnamon rolls look incredible!!!!

  2. These sound too awesome for words!!

  3. I need to up my icing game, I’m on my way over! YUM!!

  4. What a sweet story and such great cinnamon rolls. I’m sure your grandmother is looking down and smiling at you right now.

  5. Oh these look so gooey and delicious. I’m making this for my mom the next time I see her. Cinnamon rolls are her FAV!

  6. Oh wow, look at that mounded frosting (the best part of a cinnamon roll, IMHO!), these look so decadent and perfect!!

    • I kind of prefer a little cinnamon roll with my frosting 😉 Although these are so good, they really don’t need much frosting.

  7. I can tell you are a girl after my own heart with the pics of those beautiful rolls liberally iced with creamy frosting! They look sinfully good!

  8. Look at that slathering!! I just want two. Just two please!! Perfect rolls 🙂

  9. I think I’ll make these first in my new kitchen. They would the whole house smell wonderful!

  10. These are definitely the best homemade cinnamon rolls…they look incredible!!

  11. Homemade cinnamon rolls … what a sweet and decadent treat!

  12. Look at the icing on these babies! Wow!

  13. Your story made me smile. Thanks for sharing that with all of us, and thank you even more for sharing these amazing cinnamon rolls! Yum!

  14. Oh my goodness!! These look ah-maz-ing! I’m seriously drooling. I love a good homemade cinnamon roll 🙂

  15. I’m in complete awe right now. THESE CINNAMON ROLLS omigoshhhhh, that frosting is insane!

    • These are insane – you have to try them. The sauce on the bottom of the pan is really different and adds something, if I do say so myself 😉

  16. Stan the man says:

    These are the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever seen, can’t wait to give them a try. They also would be a nice treat for DAD’s birthday!

  17. Debbie Eccard says:

    Yes, I can even imagine that day too. She would have loved every moment of it with you. I miss her terribly too and a cinnamon roll would help make me feel better too. Another couple of favorite movies would be Erin Brockovich, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle …. I always have to watch at least part of them when they are on TV….

  18. Okay I was totally licking my lips thinking “I got to make this” lol. This look amazing.


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