Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Bart’s Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! 

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.

Good cinnamon rolls that is.

I hate to say it, but I’m kinda picky about them.

I like my cinnamon rolls to be tender and not too bready, with the perfect ratio of cinnamon, and with just the right amount of cream cheese icing on the top.

My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

I have a confession to make about this recipe.

It’s my husband’s.

He is the cinnamon roll maker around our house and until recently, he kept his recipe a secret.

He took his mother’s prized cinnamon roll recipe and tweaked it just a bit to turn out the most absolutely perfect cinnamon rolls I’ve ever tasted.

Goodness gracious am I ever thankful he’s finally sharing his recipe.

I think you’ll be pretty thankful for his cinnamon roll recipe, too.

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls

Here’s the step-by-step process, including photos, of how Bart makes his amazing cinnamon rolls!

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Pour the yeast and sugar into your warmed milk.

Note, the milk should not be warmed above 100ºF or it will kill the yeast. You can double check them temperature with an instant read thermometer.

Allow the yeast to bubble.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Mix in the butter, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix until well-combined.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured counter. Gently knead to form a soft dough.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Place the dough in a large buttered glass bowl. Now, let the dough work it’s magic and rise until the dough has doubled in size.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Place the dough onto a large lightly floured surface. We use one end of our island countertop for rolling the dough.

If you are limited on space, divide dough in half and repeat the next steps for each portion of the dough.

Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Spread softened butter on your dough.

I’ll declare, this is one of the most important steps to a yummy cinnamon roll. Don’t skimp.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Mix together your brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle liberally all over the buttered dough.

I like for my cinnamon rolls to taste like cinnamon rolls. So this is a good balance of cinnamon and sugar for the filling. It’s absolutely perfect for me, but if there is any area to make your own with this recipe, it would be the portion of cinnamon and sugar for the filling. You could reduce if you like.

But I wouldn’t.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Make sure you’ve gotten every little bit of your your dough covered with the cinnamon and sugar filling. You’ll want every little bite to have some of this deliciousness.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Gently begin rolling the long edge of your dough.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Roll.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Roll.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

And roll.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Grab a long piece of dental floss or thread, about a foot long, and slide it under one end of your rolled dough.

Quickly pull the two ends of your thread together to cut the dough at about 3/4 to 1  inch.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Place rolls onto a buttered, rimmed baking sheet and allow the rolls to rise for 30 minutes. Go ahead and turn on your oven to 400 degrees now to be preheating for baking.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls Recipe - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe!  // addapinch.com (Puppy snoozing)

Stare at your sweet puppy or play with your kids during this part. Or, better yet, you could go ahead and mix up your icing.

Whatever floats your boat.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Pop your cinnamon rolls into your oven and bake until your rolls are slightly brown and not doughy. For my oven, this takes about 15 – 25 minutes.

Now is not the time to run off and do something really involved. Stick close to your oven.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

You absolutely, without a doubt, do NOT want to over bake these babies. That would be an absolute travesty.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

When they are done, they should look like this. Oh my goodness, I’ve just gained another five pounds just looking at this picture. But wait, the other five comes in just a second.

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

And there it is. The most perfect cinnamon roll I’ve ever put into my mouth.

Thank you sweetheart for sharing your recipe. Now I get to make your cinnamon rolls whenever the fancy strikes me.

Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls

Bake the cinnamon rolls as directed in the recipe and then let them cool completely. Then, wrap them well with plastic wrap followed by foil. To serve, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. Then, remove both wraps, and reheat in a 300°F oven for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Once they are warmed throughout, frost them while still warm and serve!

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe! // addapinch.com

Here’s his Cinnamon Roll Recipe. I think you are going to love ’em!

Yield: 24
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best cinnamon rolls, cinnamon roll recipe, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls recipe

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Bart's Cinnamon Rolls Recipe - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll recipe!
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Ingredients

Cinnamon Roll Dough:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons 1 packet yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + a little for handling

Cinnamon Roll Filling:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter

Cinnamon Roll Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt

Directions

Cinnamon Roll Dough:

  1. Add yeast and sugar to warm milk in a large bowl. Stir gently to combine and allow the yeast to foam to proof. Once the yeast has proofed, stir in melted butter, salt, eggs, and flour into yeast mixture. Gently mix until well-combined.
  2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-12 minutes. Form the dough into a large ball and place into a large buttered glass bowl. Cover lightly with plastic or with a tea towel and place in a warm location free of any drafts. Allow to rise so that the dough is doubled in size.

Cinnamon Roll Filling:

  1. Place dough on a large lightly floured surface and roll to a 1/4 inch thickness. Spread softened butter over the top of the dough.
  2. Stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle generously all over the buttered dough.
  3. Tightly roll the dough, beginning at the long edge, until a log of dough has been formed.
  4. Cut the dough into 3/4-inch to 1-inch slices and place onto a lightly buttered sheet pan.

Baking and Icing:

  1. Preheat oven to 400º Fahrenheit.
  2. Allow rolls to rise for 30 minutes on sheet pan.
  3. Place rolls into oven and allow to cook until lightly browned and cooked through, but not overcooked, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. While cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare cream cheese frosting by creaming together butter, confectioner's sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and salt.
  5. Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  6. Spread frosting generously over rolls while they are warm.

Notes

Stand Mixer Instructions: Use your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook once the yeast has proofed. Stir in melted butter, salt, eggs, and flour. Gently mix until well-combined. Continue using the dough hook to knead dough in mixer for 6-8 minutes. Continue on with the recipe as instructed.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Bart's Cinnamon Rolls - This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time! So simple to make, this is a family favorite cinnamon roll! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2010.

270 comments on “Cinnamon Rolls Recipe”

  1. I am making these according to the recipie, but something is wrong: I used Fairlife instead of regular milk, and the yeast isn’t working. They’re on the sheet for the pre-bake rise, and I’m hoping they will rise. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Hi Stephen,
      I’ve never used that brand, so I searched and found that it contains much more protein, more calcium and less sugar than regular milk. I know that making yeast rise is a such a chemical process, and I can’t say if the composition of this beverage will work well or not. We always use milk when baking these just because I know what to expect when it reacts with baking ingredients. I hope this works for you, but if it doesn’t I would say give regular whole milk a try.
      Thank you – I hope you enjoy the Cinnamon Rolls – they are truly delicious! xo

    • The recipe doesn’t specify, but you need to use rapid rise yeast. They will still turn out with regular yeast but will take several hours to rise. 

  2. Just made these and they are so delicious! Not to sweet, spot-on cinnamon-y flavor, the perfect bite to them. I’ll be adding these to my Holiday recipes and “just because” weekends. Store bought just doesn’t even compare. Thank you!

  3. You are an evil, .evil woman 😉 I have generally been able to avoid these fattening treats because the roll part has always been too dense (or ‘bready’ as you wrote) and the icing too cloyingly sweet….and then I made these. The roll just melts away in your mouth -too bad the jogging miles won’t melt away as easily. Thank you for sharing your treasured family recipe.

    (I learned of your blog from Brown Eyed Baker – you can share some of the blame with her!)

  4. Thank you so much for putting a make ahead addition to these! I love fresh (less bready) cinnamon rolls, but I’d never have time to make them in the morning so I love the idea I can pop one in the toaster oven before heading off to work and have a nice cinnamon roll with or without the icing ????

  5. delicious but decrease the cook time!! i kept mine in only 15 mins at 400 and they were quite dark brown ..luckily still wonderful.

  6. Can I make these at night and then put in fridge to bake in the morning?

  7. they were great!! Got rave reviews from family and friends. Thanks!!

  8. Thoroughly enjoyed this recepie. I actually ended up with 2 batches as I thought my first yeast activation had failed so I started again. Once my second yeast was still I went back to the first and it was ready! First batch was much tastier and didn’t taste doughy like the second batch did: so note would be to ensure you wait for activation of the yeast: crucial step! This an take up to 15min. 
    The house smells Delicious and everyone has loved them. Thankyou!

  9. yes I did, time after time, everyone loved them, they keep asking for them every week. Thanks for a great recipe and so easy. I added nuts a raisins, and they were even better.

  10. This is, I’ll just say, the best recipe I’ve tried!!! Thank you thank you Bart for allowing your wife to share it with us♥️

  11. this recipe is sooo good I don’t use any others, just this one. Its the best! if it didn’t turn out the way you like it, its because you did something wrong read the recipe carefully.

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