Cinnamon Rolls

Here I was, at it again and thinking what could I make my kids for dessert. I thought of some usual suspects like cookies, brownies, and then a flash of fudge came into sight, but that was quickly invaded by thoughts of cinnamon rolls. I have been thinking about cinnamon rolls for some time, and as I do the grocery shopping for the house, I pass these rolls up all the time. My daughter loves cream cheese and I get a glimpse of the store bought tubes of dough near the cream cheese, as well as down the frozen aisle where I buy fries for the boys. I never buy the store bought rolls though. I pass them up every single time with the idea that I am going to make them, and make them the right way. Then I find myself out of time, and no delicious cinnamon rolls are presented to my kids.

Recipe for making Cinnamon Rolls

This past week was a bit different however, and I did find the time to make these easy , very easy cinnamon rolls. The wonderful smell of homemade dough is one thing, but then you add a large quantity of brown sugar and cinnamon into the mix, I mean, who could go wrong with that!

The rising time of these takes about 2 hours, but only about 15-20 minutes to cook. You could probably prepare your dough the night before, punch it down in the morning, and let it rise before rolling and cutting your dough. These were not only a surprise to my kids when they came home from a long day at the beach, but the house was filled with the aroma of warm cinnamon and sugar.


  • 1 and 1/2 packages of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup of luke warm water
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 cups of flour, sifted
  • 3 tbsp of butter, melted
  • 2 cups or more of brown sugar
  • cinnamon, to your liking


  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp of milk
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Begin by bringing a sauce pan to medium heat, adding the milk. You want to bring this to a very hot point, but being careful not to boil the milk. Stir, and stir often so you do not burn the milk on the bottom. To another bowl, add the shortening. Pour the hot milk over the shortening and stir to melt this down. Add the sugar and salt and let this sit until it comes to room temperature.

Now as this cools, let get our yeast ready. To your mixing bowl, add the yeast and warm water, and let this do its thing for about ten minutes. Your mixture should be close to room temperature, so let get the party started. Add the mixture to the yeast bowl, and toss in the egg. Turn your mixer on medium-low, and begin adding the sifted flour, one cup at a time. The dough will begin to form, and you want this to be a softer dough, not firm. Once you obtain this state, remove it from the mixture and begin kneading the dough on a floured surface until you have a nice elasticity. Place this into an oiled bowl, cover, and let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and on your working surface, which should be lightly floured, roll it out into a rectangular shape. Brush on your melted butter, and layer on the brown sugar (use as much as you want) and the cinnamon.  Roll the dough up into a log shape, and begin to slice it into about 2 inch rolls. Place on a lightly buttered baking sheet, cover with a towel, and let them rise for about another hour.

Now the waiting game is over. You cannot resist the smell anymore. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and pop them in the oven for about 18-20 minutes, keeping an eye on them so they do not burn around the edges.

As they are cooking, make your frosting. Remove them from the oven, and drizzle the frosting all over the warm rolls. This will build a really great glaze for you. Continue adding the frosting until it is completely gone.

Dig in! You waited this long, and you deserve a really killer, home cooked cinnamon roll.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

8 thoughts to “Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. I have cinnamon rolls in the fridge right now waiting to be baked tomorrow. Your pic makes me wish I had one baked right now! Yum!

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