These Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Big, fluffy, tender, and smothered in a rich, but light cream cheese frosting, these cinnamon rolls are sure to win over any sweet tooth.
Hey ya’ll. Welcome to Cinnamon Roll heaven! It’s the place where you’ll get a chance to imagine just how good these cinnamon rolls are and then go ahead and make them yourselves and discover its truth—-THEY ARE AMAZING! haha.
I know. I’ve made a few cinnamon rolls since this one and even a few sweet rolls—Almond Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Blueberry Cream Cheese Glaze and Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze.
And then there were the times that I chose to add a bit of flavor to my cinnamon rolls by making these Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls, Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls, and to top things off–these Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. YUM!
This time however, I chose to keep things classic with the original version of a cinnamon roll topped with a nice cream cheese frosting.
I always enjoy going to the Mall and getting a decent sized Cinnabon, which is absolutely amazing, especially when hot (or perhaps more like warm!).
So, it was not mistake that I chose to make these lovelies since they are a great reminder of a beautifully baked Cinnabon, except that it’s homemade and made with a little extra love.
While eating sweet treats aren’t always the best when overdone (moderation is key guys!), I do love that I am able to use healthier ingredients (most of which are organic!), which gives me complete control over what my body consumes.
Cinnamon rolls specifically, are a bit more challenging when it comes to the making of the dough and rolling, however, it’s nothing that a little practice can’t fix.
I remember the moments in the beginning of my baking journey, where I HATED making cinnamon rolls because I felt that they were so hard to master.
It’s MESSY with the inside filling and rolling and cutting and fixing them into perfect little rolls. The dough process is SUPER precise to the point that your liquid being too hot or too cold could kill the yeast and cause it not to rise and the list goes on!
But guess what? I became better at it (obviously after a few trial + errors) and now it’s just a swift process.
So, if anything in baking and/or cooking seems too hard for you, just know that after a bit of practice, it won’t be. You’ll get it. You’ll enjoy it. And best of all–you’ll eat it! Haha.
But here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way to ensure that I make the perfect Cinnamon Rolls:
This one is super, super imperative. You have to always make sure that your milk is warm to the touch and not even a degree hot.
Even if you heat your milk and it’s hot, simply let it cool until it feels warm. This ensure that you don’t kill the yeast and your dough rise to a nicely big fluff.
This is the ultimate secret to tender cinnamon rolls. Much like with other cakes and doughs, room temperature butter creates a nice texture. Simple.
Unlike most other recipes, you actually want to mix (or knead) your cinnamon roll dough to its capacity so that you release the gluten and it becomes extremely elastic.
This helps when rolling and allows you to create a nicely flat, thin square, which is later filled with your choice of filling and rolled.
Although I’ve mostly made my cinnamon rolls within the same day, ultimately, rising your dough overnight in the refrigerator is the best!
This slow rise process allows the yeast to completely feed off of the sugar and creates great flavor and of course—a lot more fluffiness.
One of my latest discoveries was the use of bread flour in my cinnamon rolls.
Before, I would use only all-purpose flour. However, after a little experimenting, I’ve learned that bread flour creates a beautiful texture—tender, thick, and even more fluffy, almost ‘brioche’ like.
Yes, you read it right. Although the assembly part is extremely messy, I’ve learned that the rolling is the star process!
Before, I use to struggle with rolling the perfect cinnamon roll, however, lately I’ve been able to roll it pretty tight, which not only creates a nice structure, but it allows you to cut the dough more evenly which helps with baking.
When rolling, always start the initial first roll really tight to keep the same momentum throughout.
There you have it.
Now, let’s dig right into these lovelies, shall we?
Start by combining the yeast and 1 Tbsp brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and then slowly pouring in the warm water, while stirring everything together. Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to sit and the yeast to activate (It’ll become foamy when done right!).
Meanwhile, melt the butter and milk together over the stove top on low to medium heat, stirring frequently until the butter has fully melted. NOTE: You don’t want the mixture to get too hot or boil! Set aside and let it cool until WARM.
Add lukewarm butter-milk mixture to yeast and mix until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time and continue mixing on low speed until well combined.
Next, combine the all-purpose flour, bread flour, brown sugar, sea salt and cinnamon to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until well combined.
Change “mixer head” to kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on medium-high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers. NOTE: If dough is too sticky, add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until texture is achieved!
Once dough ball is perfectly kneaded, add it to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit and rise for 1 hour to an hour + 15 minutes.
In the meantime, you can work on the filling!
Melt butter and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and brown sugar and set aside as well.
Once the hour has gone by and your dough has risen (about double its original size), preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, flour a flat surface and place the dough on it and using a rolling-pin, roll it out to a rectangle (approximately 9″x14), trimming the edges if needed. NOTE: Try not to make the dough too thin or else rolling it up will be hard to do!
Then, generously brush melted butter overtop of dough and spoon the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the butter. NOTE: I also use a ‘pastry brush’ to sweep sugar mixture evenly across the dough to ensure that every bite is sweet!
Tightly roll dough (long-ways) and using a pastry cutter, cut dough into 1.5″ rolls, placing each roll into a large baking dish (lined with parchment paper!).
Then place plastic wrap over the baking dish with rolls and let them rise again (for another 20 minutes).
Once the rolls have doubled in size (once again!) or have gotten significantly larger, brush the tops of the rolls with a little more melted butter and then bake them for approximately 25 minutes in the preheated oven.
While all the baking magic is happening, make the cream cheese glaze (recipe in Notes) and set aside.
Remove the rolls from oven and wait 15-20 minutes or so (until it completely cools), and then spread the glaze atop the rolls using a rubber spatula.
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Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls.