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! (Video Included!)

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 110ºF 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!

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 Roll 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!
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Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 24
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

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

Instructions

Cinnamon Roll Dough:

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle generously all over the buttered dough.
  • Tightly roll the dough, beginning at the long edge, until a log of dough has been formed.
  • Cut the dough into 3/4-inch to 1-inch slices and place onto a lightly buttered sheet pan.

Baking and Icing:

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

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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.
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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.

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  1. Do you think after rolling them, you could place in a pan, cover with foil, store in fridge, and bake in the morning? Can’t wait to make them – looks delicious!

    1. We tend to use Red Star Platinum yeast the most often and have great results with it. The amount of time it takes the dough to rise and double in size can vary. I’ve shared several step by step photos and details in the written post that may help in addition to the recipe instructions. This will give the amounts of time where you need to allow for proofing, rising, etc. I hope you enjoy the cinnamon rolls! Thanks!

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