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Cinnamon Rolls

These are the BEST Cinnamon Rolls! Made with the softest dough, stuffed with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, and slathered in a tangy cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon sugar, cream cheese frosting, sweet
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 939kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups fat free buttermilk warmed to 100 - 110 degrees F
  • 2 (1/4 oz) packets active dry yeast not instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted (1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour use the spoon & level technique to measure

Filling

  • 2 cups dark brown sugar packed
  • 4-5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature (1 cup = 2 sticks)

Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature (1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Dough

  • Place warm milk, yeast, melted butter, and brown sugar into the bowl of the stand mixer.
  • Mix, using the paddle attachment or flat beater, to combine, then let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add in eggs and salt, then mix for 30 seconds. 

  • Add in flour and mix until the ingredients are *just* combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl, then scrape the dough off the beater blade and remove it.
  • Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.

  • Attach the dough hook, then beat the dough on medium speed for 5-7 minutes or until the dough is elastic and smooth.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.
 Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place it in the greased large bowl. 
Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the dough to rise for 60 minutes at room temperature.

Filling



  • While the dough is rising, prepare the filling.
  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.

Dough

  • Grease an unlined rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Generously sprinkle a clean work surface with flour.
  • Turn out the dough and sprinkle the top of the dough with additional flour. 
Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough to large rectangle that is approx. 1/8 inch thick.
  • Use a rubber spatula to smooth 1 cup softened butter over the dough rectangle.
  • Sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar mixture, then use your hands to press it into the butter.
  • Roll the dough up, then use floss to cut the roll into 12 slices. 
Place the slices 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Cover the pan with a towel and allow the rolls to rise for 60 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Uncover the rolls and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the center rolls are cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and cool.

Frosting

  • While the rolls are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • Place cream cheese, butter, and sour cream into a large bowl.
  • Use a hand mixer to beat until well combined.
  • Add in powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  • Beat again until well combined.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled rolls and enjoy!

Video

Notes

I highly recommend watching the video to see dough consistency, how to roll the dough, etc. 
You may not use all the frosting!

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 939kcal | Carbohydrates: 136g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 76g | Vitamin A: 1278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 4mg