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Easy Cinnamon Rolls
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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

This is a simple and amazingly delicious recipe for easy to prepare cinnamon rolls, made in a small batch. These homemade cinnamon rolls will send sweet smells of cinnamon wafting through your kitchen!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, buns, cinnamon, rolls
1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 599kcal
Author Olya


  • 6 to 7-inch baking dish



  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • cup whole milk (or 2% milk)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1 egg yolk large
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plus 1 tablespoon)


  • cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter softened


  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and in warm milk. Stir and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes until the top of the mixture looks foamy and creamy.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and yeast mixture from above with melted butter, sugar, egg yolk, and salt.
  • Next add the flour and stir well to combine with a spoon. You will get a thick, sticky dough. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes (12-16 folds). The dough should not be sticky.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 60 to 90 minutes.
  • While dough is rising, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon in a different bowl.
  • Once your dough has risen, turn it out on a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll it into rectangular shape to about 5 by 15 inches. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar mixture.
  • Roll into a tight log from the short side. Use a serrated knife or dental floss to cut the roll into quarters.
  • Place the rolls in a 6 to 7-inch greased baking dish. Cover with a towel, place them in a warm spot, and allow to rise for an hour, until puffed up and fluffy. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Bake cinnamon rolls for 15-22 minutes, until the tops are golden and centers cooked through. Allow rolls to cool for 5 minutes before frosting.


  • While your rolls are baking, in a medium bowl, whisk together softened cream cheese, butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt, until well combined together.
  • Spread frosting over rolls with a spoon or a spatula and serve.



Serving: 4rolls | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 997IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg