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! (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

Cinnamon Roll Video


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

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.

309 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.

  12. I made cinnamon rolls for the first time ever following this recipe for my boyfriend’s birthday and he and his family absolutely loved them. My boyfriend asked me if I could make them for Christmas again. Thank you so much sharing this recipe.

  13. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. Made it last night and my husband had three in a row lol.

  14. Can I make the cinnamon and cut them into pieces but cook some and freeze some in dough form for a later date??

  15. Can I use bread flour for this recipe?

  16. This was my first time making cinnamon rolls or any kind of dough from scratch. I was a little worried after putting the rolls on my pan and doing the second prove, they didnt puff up as much as I expected, but these came out wonderfully! I wanted to add some nuts to these so I melted 3/4c butter and 3/4c brown sugar with 1/2c of walnuts, and rolled up another 1/2 cup of nuts in the rolls. I also added about a tbs of maple syrup to the frosting for a little flavor kick. These are so much better than any other cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. Thank you for the recipe!

  17. What kind of butter do you use; salted or unsalted?

  18. I have waited about an hour for them to rise. Hope they do it quickly! Praying the will turn out good 

  19. I printed the Cinnamon.roll receipt and I am making them right now. For the dough it calls for 1/2c. granulated sugar BUT it doesn’t tell you that it goes with the rest of dough ingredients. I have been trying new receipts since I am home 99% of the time and this one was a puzzlement.

    • Hi Laurayne –
      I hope you enjoy the cinnamon rolls! They are such a family favorite!
      The recipe details when to add that sugar to the Dough in step 1 of the recipe instructions.
      I hope this helps! Thanks!

  20. Incredible cinnamon rolls. Easy to make and they came out delicious. 

  21. How long do you let them rise, trying to plan my schedule for cooking?

    • Hi Brittney,
      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!

  22. My first attemp.. I follow all your intruction and Voila!

  23. can you make a video of this because it will be easier

  24. I love to bake and am always looking for new recipes for classics like cinnamon rolls- this one was a hit! Fantastic rolls!

  25. This is the BEST cinnamon roll recipe I have ever tasted! Hard to eat only one! Definitely a keeper recipe! Thanks!

  26. These are amazing and a huge hit! Thanks for sharing!

  27. For the filling should I use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar?

  28. I was also wondering about using bread flour and perhaps buttermilk instead of regular milk. has anyone tried that?

    Thanks much

  29. there are three separate instructions for making the dough that all neglect to say to add the sugar. might want to fix that since my dough ended up being not sweet at all because i’m a novice and thought “well its on the ingredient list but three separate times it just says to add egg, salt and flour and nothing about adding the granulated sugar”

    fail 

  30. Hey, I just have one question.

    can I leave the dough overnight to rise or refrigerate the dough after rising and bake it the next day?

    Thank you

  31. I will keep making these just to practice that string cutting technique! Ingenous, can’t wait for them to rise now and bake, will repost afterwards.

  32. I will keep making these just to practice that string cutting technique! Ingenous, can’t wait for them to rise now and bake, will repost afterwards.

    Ok, I blew it! 😉 I became distracted at the baking time and ended up adding too much vanilla to the icing, again ;), so a bit more 10xx sugar, snitching the smaller rolls and dunking into icing while waiting to “cool a bit”.

    Fabulously, WINDERFUL, BACK IN MY HAPPY PLACE, as in Michigan, this time of year get a bit grumpy and haven,t baked in quite awhile, Thank you and Bart,

  33. Rolls are AWESOME Family, Friends, Coworkers, all consume like sharks at a feeding frenzy. When I make them. Mine seem to require more rise time. I use rapid rise yeast but from make to bake is about 3 hours. I let dough rise in warm (not on) oven. Don’t mind extra time, just get hungrier. Thanks for recipe.

  34. I’m dying to try these but know I will eat them all myself if I do!! My husband is gluten free. Is it possible to make this with gluten free flour???

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