Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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Isn’t fall comfort food the best? I love grilling out in the summer months and all cool treats that go with the warmer weather. But there is just something about a big pot of soup or chili simmering on the stove. And what goes better with chili than delicious homemade cinnamon rolls?

Last time we visited my brother and sister-in-law, she made THE MOST delicious homemade cinnamon rolls I’ve ever tasted! One of her co-workers shared the recipe with her and she gave me permission to share it with you!

Store-Bought vs. Homemade

If you’ve ever had Rhode’s brand of cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, this recipe tastes very similar. I used to make the Rhodes brand all the time and people would ask if they were homemade. I was so excited to experience a recipe that could compete (and are even better in my opinion!) with those. And they’re from scratch so you don’t have all the extra processed ingredients that no one can pronounce!

Serve for breakfast or dessert and take them with you to a potluck or dinner party! With the mouth-watering cream cheese frosting glazing the tops of these rolls, they’re sure to steal the show!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

The best part about this recipe is that these rolls are SO easy to throw together. For the rolls, you just dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mixing until thoroughly combined and allow them to rise! I use my KitchenAid mixer with my dough hook attachment, but you can use a hand mixer, as well.

cinnamon roll dough

While you’re waiting for the dough to rise, you can make the filling. Just a stick of melted butter, a cup of sugar and four teaspoons of cinnamon is all it takes to pull together this deliciousness!

Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it out to a little less than half an inch in thickness. Spread the filling over and roll it up into a log. Cut the log into 12 equal parts and place in a greased 9×13 dish.

While you allow the rolls to rise a second time, you can make the cream cheese frosting. Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until they’re light and fluffy. Gradually add in the powdered sugar.

The original recipe calls for five cups of powdered sugar, but I found that three cups was plenty. You can test it and see what you prefer!

Once the rolls have doubled in size again, (about an hour of rise time if rising on the counter) bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-17 minutes.

uncooked cinnamon rolls

TIP: I usually preheat my oven to 200 degrees, turn it off and allow the rolls to rise in the warm oven. Once they’ve doubled in size (typically 30-45 minutes in the warm oven) I leave them in and turn the oven on to 350 degrees. This allows them a more gradual baking time and I find they get done in the middle with a perfect light brown top! 

Once the rolls have cooled, frost with the cream cheese frosting and serve!

homemade cinnamon rolls

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Course Dessert
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

For the Rolls:

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1/3 cup + 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk warmed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg fast rising yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups flour

For the Filling:

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly mix all roll ingredients in a bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

  2. For the filling, melt butter and thoroughly mix with sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thick and spread filling over the top. Roll into a log and cut into 12 equal parts. Place in greased pan and allow to rise until doubled in size.

  3. Bake rolls in oven at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until center of rolls are no longer doughy and tops are a light golden brown.

  4. Cream together softened cream cheese and butter. Add in vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until it reaches the preferred consistency.

  5. When rolls have cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting and serve!

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