Amazing Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
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Amazing Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (No Mixer)

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One of the greatest smells is the smell of freshly baked amazing homemade cinnamon rolls. And this recipe for cinnabons from scratch is incredible! Everyone that tries them loves them!

They are one of my favorite things to make and eat. I first learned how to make them back in my 8th-grade cooking class. They are awesome, you can eat them for breakfast, brunch, as a snack, or pretty much whenever you want. If you want to eat them for dinner, I won’t tell anyone. These amazing homemade cinnamon rolls are super tasty, super easy to make, and super cheap, and no mixer is required to make them.

Let’s dive into the fantastic world of baking and learn how to make some crazy awesome Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. Watch the video or follow the steps below or do both! If I can do it, you can do it, let’s get baking!

black pan holding homemade cinnamon rolls covered in glaze

Step 1: Gather ingredients and tools

First, we need to gather up our ingredients and tools. For these amazing cinnamon rolls from scratch you will need the following:

Dough

  • Flour – I generally use all-purpose flour (plain flour) for these but bread flour works really well too. I have used both many times and they turn out great either way.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar for a hint of sweetness
  • Butter – The butter adds a bit of flavor to the dough but also helps to control the texture. You may use oil instead if you like.
  • Egg – The egg will help in the rising process and make the dough softer and make the texture lighter.
  • Yeast – You may use active dry yeast or instant yeast. The yeast is what makes the dough rise and gives it a light texture. Yeast based doughs are my favorite!
  • Water – The main moisture element in the dough.
  • Milk – The milk will help to make a richer and softer dough.
  • Salt – The salt will add to the taste and bring out the flavors of the other ingredients. It also will help the dough after it is baked to not get stale.

Filling

  • Brown sugar – You can certainly use white granulated sugar in the filling too if you like.
  • Butter – oh yeah gotta have butter! This adds tons of flavor to the cinnamon rolls.
  • Cinnamon – Can’t have cinnamon rolls without ground cinnamon.
  • Vanilla extract – The vanilla will add flavor to the rolls.

Vanilla Glaze

To glaze or not to glaze that is the question. I make a glaze 50 percent of the time and a nice cream cheese frosting the other 50 percent of the time. It just depends on who I am making them for and what their preferences are.

  • Powdered sugar – the main sweet element in the glaze
  • Butter – This will add flavor to the glaze and help thicken it up
  • Vanilla extract – another flavor element
  • Milk – The main moisture element will add flavor as well as control the consistency.
Batch of cinnamon rolls in a pan with glaze on them.

Step 2: How to Make Amazing Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Without a Mixer

Combine the water and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat the liquid up to around 105 to 115 degrees F (40 to 44 C). Generally, it only takes 30 seconds or so. Optionally you can certainly heat up it in a pot on the stovetop. The active dry yeast needs warm liquid to active it. Some people prefer to use rapid rise yeast or instant yeast which is totally fine you can just add it to the dry ingredients. I will ALWAYS active my yeast first however because I want to make sure the yeast is not bad or old and this is a full-proof way to know the yeast is good.

Step 3: Add Warm Liquid to Bowl

Now, add the warm liquid to a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Add in about a teaspoon of your white granulated sugar, it will provide some food for the yeast. While not absolutely necessary I always add it in. I need my yeast happy! Set the yeast mixture aside and allow it to do its thing for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4: Activated yeast and melted butter

Large glass bowl with foamy yeast sitting on top of white counter with other ingredients.
This is what the yeast should look like when it is activated.

Next, combine the flour and salt together in a separate bowl you can use a whisk or a sifter if you like. Then melt the butter in the microwave for a few seconds or heat it up on the stovetop. Notice the yeast how it goes nice and foamy, this is exactly what you want.

If after 5 or 10 minutes the yeast didn’t get foamy then it means the yeast is bad, old, or the liquid was too hot and killed it or it was not warm enough to activate it. You will need to start again. Once you have the activated yeast add the melted butter to it along with the rest of the sugar.

Step 5: Egg and Completing the Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Dough

After adding in the rest of the sugar whisk in the egg. If you don’t eat eggs you can leave the egg out. Now start to add the flour mixture in a little bit at a time. Continue using the whisk until it gets too thick or you could be doing this all with a stand mixer. Switch to a wooden spoon and continue adding the flour until you get a tacky dough consistency.

After that add a bit more flour and knead the dough a little bit in the bowl making sure to get the flour that has stuck to the sides of the bowl. Then pour the dough out onto a floured surface to knead.

Hand holding glass bowl of flour over a large glass bowl of dough.

Step 6: Knead the Dough and Cover

It’s time to knead the dough. Why do we knead dough? Kneading the dough develops the gluten in the flour and makes the dough more light, airy, and chewy. In order to knead the dough take the dough and fold it over onto itself and then push down and out with your palm stretching the dough then turn the dough a quarter turn and repeat. Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes the resulting dough will be nice and smooth.

Now just place the kneaded dough into a large bowl that has been sprayed with kitchen spray and cover it with a damp towel. Then allow the dough to rise on the counter or in a dough proofer for at least an hour or until doubled.

You don’t need a stand mixer to make amazing homemade cinnamon rolls

You can certainly use a stand mixer like a Kitchen Aid with a dough hook to knead the dough. Can you believe it that I still hand knead all of my doughs? I actually really enjoy it, burn a few calories doing it, and it is pretty therapeutic.

If you enjoy making homemade dough make sure to check out this homemade white bread recipe.

Hands kneading dough on a counter top with flour.
Ball of risen dough sitting in a large glass bowl on top of a white counter.

Step 7: Roll out the Dough and Add Butter, Sugar, and Cinnamon

After the dough has risen and is about double in size, roll out the dough into a rectangle. I generally roll it about a little less than half of an inch thick close to a quarter inch. Now time to create the filling. Place the cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl and combine them with a whisk or spoon. After that take a couple of tablespoons of softened butter and baste the top of the dough. Then just sprinkle on the filling until it covers the whole thing.

Hand with metal spoon placing cinnamon and sugar on buttered dough.

Step 8: Roll up the dough and cut out the Cinnamon Rolls

Time to roll up the dough. It is a good idea to roll it fairly tight, if you roll it too loose it may fall apart in the pan depending on how tight they fit together.

Hand rolling up dough on a counter topped with brown sugar and cinnamon.

This time for a cool little trick to cutting dough I learned 30 years ago in my 8th-grade cooking class. Take some dental floss and pull out about 3 feet of it. Then place it under the dough and then go over the top and cross each end and pull. This will cut the dough perfectly without smashing it. Sometimes when a knife is used it can smash the dough, try it out next time and see how you like it. Next, just place the cut rolls into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.

Hand using dental floss to cut cinnamon roll dough on counter top.

Step 9: Cover and Let Rise

Once the pan is full of rolls and ready to go, cover it with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let the rolls rise for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until doubled. You may also put it back in your dough proofer if you happen to have one of those.

Step 10: Baste and Bake Cinnamon Rolls

Next, we brush on butter to the tops of the cinnamon rolls, which will add flavor and help them get a nice golden brown color. Bake the rolls in a preheated at 375 degrees F (190 C), for around 15 to 20 minutes. When they are done they will be a nice golden brown on the tops. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before adding the glaze or cream cheese frosting on top.

A batch of cinnamon rolls sitting in a pan on top of a stove.

Step 11: Make Cinnamon Roll Glaze or Cream Cheese Frosting

While our freshly baked cinnamon rolls are cooling. We can make our glaze or if you like you can make a cream cheese frosting. To make the glaze add the powdered sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract, plus about 2 Tablespoons of milk to a small bowl and mix them together. You may wind up adding a bit more milk if you like the glaze runnier. All that is left to do is to add the glaze to the tops of those yummy cinnamon rolls. Then you are done and ready to enjoy them! 🙂

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Can I make the homemade cinnamon rolls the night before?

Yes! You absolutely can make the dough the night before. After you form your rolls and put them in the pan instead of allowing them to rise the second time cover them with plastic wrap and place in your fridge overnight. In the morning, take them out and let the unbaked cinnamon rolls come to room temperature, usually about 30 minutes. Then you can preheat the oven and bake them. This way you can have fresh homemade cinnamon rolls in the morning without having to wake up too early!

Cinnamon rolls with white glaze on top sitting in pan on top of a counter.

Amazing Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by checking out my most popular recipe video on YouTube.

Amazing Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls are one of my favorite treats. You can eat them for breakfast, you can eat Cinnamon Rolls for a snack or as a dessert! These cinnamon rolls are super tasty, super easy to make, and super cheap. Let's dive into the fantastic world of baking and bake some crazy awesome Cinnamon Rolls.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon, cinnamon rolls, easy, rolls, yeast
Servings: 12
Calories: 308kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt

Equipment

  • 13×9 baking pan
  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Basting brush

Ingredients

Dough

  • cups all-purpose flour 330 grams
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar 56 grams
  • 2 tbsp. butter 30 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 package instant yeast or 2¼ tsp. (9 grams)
  • ½ cup water 118ml
  • ¼ cup milk 59ml
  • 1 tsp. salt 4 grams

Filling

  • cup brown sugar 149 grams
  • ¼ cup butter 56 grams
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon 15 grams
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract about 5 ml

Vanilla Glaze

  • cups powdered confectioner’sugar (339 grams
  • ¼ cup butter 56 grams
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5 ml
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk 30 to 45 ml

Instructions

  • Add milk and water in a small bowl and heat to 105 to 115 F (40 to 44 C.) Add a pinch of the sugar along with the yeast. Set aside for about five to 10 minutes until the mixture gets foamy/frothy. This is how you know the yeast is activated and is good.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour and the salt and set aside. Then melt the butter, I usually just do it in the microwave. Add the melted butter (make sure it isn’t very hot) to the activated yeast along with the rest of your sugar. Whisk to combine. 
  • Whisk in the egg to the yeast mixture. Once combined we add our flour little by little, I continue to use my whisk for the first cup of flour or so, then I switch to a wooden spoon. You can certainly use a stand mixer to make your dough, but if you don’t have a mixer, you can do it all by hand like me. Add the flour a little at a time until you get a nice tacky dough. After that knead the dough a little bit in the bowl with some extra flour, this will help get the dough off the sides of the bowl. Then pour it out onto the counter.
  • Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, using your hands or a stand mixer. Add the dough to a bowl then cover the dough with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and allow it to rise for 1 hour or until doubled. Next, roll out the dough and baste the top with softened butter. Then mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar. If you don’t have brown sugar, you can use white sugar. Sprinkle that on top of the butter, then roll up the dough tightly. 
  • Using dental floss or a knife, cut about 12 rolls from the dough and place them in a 9×13 inch baking pan which has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap or a cloth and let the cinnamon rolls rise for 45 minutes to an hour. 
  • Remove the plastic wrap or cloth and baste the tops with butter then bake the rolls in a preheated oven (375 F/190 C) for 15 to 20 minutes until the rolls are golden brown. Once they are done allow them to cool.
  • While the rolls are cooling make the glaze. Add the powdered sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract, plus the milk, you can add another Tablespoon of milk if you want your glaze runnier. Then add the glaze to the top of the cinnamon rolls and they are done! Enjoy!

Notes

Cinnamon Rolls Nutrition

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Some other breakfast recipes you may enjoy:

Homemade Belgian Waffles

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Chocolate Cake Donuts

62 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    If I can make a homemade cinnamon roll at home I’d probably making it a lot. That looks absolutely delicious and would be great paired with coffee.

  2. Ah this takes me back to when my daughter was little. Cinnamon rolls were her favorite thing to get in the morning, on weekends.

  3. I love cinnamon rolls but haven’t made any for ages! Have to give your recipe a try asap! It’s a perfect treat for a weekend breakfast. The dental floss trick is great!

  4. katrina Kroeplin

    oh sweetness this looks amazing. i need some right now. i’m saving this for tomorrow because well i really have to make some.

  5. 5 stars
    wow, these look great. I was just wondering if they could be made without the egg?

  6. These look really good. I have not actually ever made cinnamon rolls from scratch before! My son is a big fan — maybe I will give these a try and surprise him!

  7. Homemade cinnamon rolls?! YES PLEASE! Printing this out to try it next week!

  8. Kelly Martin

    Oh yum! These cinnamon rolls look so good! Looking forward to trying this recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    Woa! Making this recipe for Thanksgiving! I’ve never had the courage to make cinnamon rolls that were from a frozen tube.

  10. Wow, these rolls look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    I cannot wait to make this! Believe it or not, I’ve never made cinnamon rolls that didn’t come out of a refrigerated tube.

  12. 5 stars
    Perfect recipe full rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  13. 5 stars
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    👌

  14. This recipe is awesome and after trying it I felt a good baker 😉
    Seriously these rolls are soooo delicious and I don’t need any other option.
    Thanks bro for the recipe and little bit baking tips

  15. 5 stars
    I couldn’t believe I didn’t need my mixer to make these! So easy and they were fabulous!

  16. Rachael Yerkes

    5 stars
    these are dreamy

  17. 5 stars
    These were seriously AMAZING!! My family loved them! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Julie Blanner

    5 stars
    These are such a treat to make on the weekend! The girls love making these with me, and it’s a great way to spend time together. Besides love making them, we love eating them. We always have a couple left, and they are great reheated too!

    • Thank you Julie! Yes it is a great activity to do with kids. That is how I got my start with cooking and baking, making things with my mom after I got home from school.

  19. 5 stars
    Such an easy and delicious recipe! A new favorite… can never go wrong with homemade cinnamon rolls!

  20. Five stars – at least. Just making these for the second time. They are amazing. Easy to follow recipe. I used to buy cinnamon rolls and Starbucks and thought they were really good but these are way better. Thanks Matt.

  21. 5 stars…easy to follow recipe…and taste amazing. This will stay in my recipe box for sure.

  22. Laura Kendall

    5 stars
    We tried this recipe with my kids and we totally fell in love with it. Best cinnamon rolls we ever had. There was a point I wish it wasn’t this good (ate a little too much:))
    Recipe is easy, very clear and detailed. We just followed the steps. I am glad I found your recipe. Thank you!

  23. 5 stars
    This site makes the perfect compliment to the video. Well done, as always.

  24. 5 stars
    I have made these myself and tasted them multiple times from Matt. They are delicious!

  25. 5 stars
    THESE ARE THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS IVE EVER TRIED. Ok but seriously these were extremely soft and so delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

  26. 5 stars
    BEST CINNAMON ROLLS EVER!!!

  27. Araceli Adams

    5 stars
    I loved your easy to understand and make cinnamon roll recipe. Thank you. They are delicious

  28. 5 stars
    I love it it turned out great and I love how you respond to questions right away thank you!

  29. Elizabeth Miller

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. Very clear ! Easy to follow and the Cinnamon Rolls are delicious!!

  30. 5 stars
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