Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls need no introduction; sticky, sweet, sinful and utterly delicious. Added to the package is the most important feature – the irresistible aroma of the fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Fresh brewed coffee, and the rolls that are warm soft and drizzled – straight out the oven can turn a day into sheer ecstasy.

The cinnamon roll is thought to have been invented in Sweden where it takes the name kanelbulle (literally: “cinnamon bun”). On October 4, “kanelbullens dag” (Cinnamon roll day) is celebrated in Sweden. (-Wiki)

I do not know about you but I turn into an unleashed insane woman  when I smell cinnamon buns. I claw them, dig into them and gobble them up before you know. Well let me not go into more details…

A day at home to spend with my kids had been spent baking these buns. They love to hang around and observe when I am in the kitchen, esp. when I am baking. They can be more involved when it comes to baking and they blissfully enjoy the measuring, rolling, spreading and then grow crazily impatient while they have to wait for the oven to ding!

Both of our girls share the love of cinnamon rolls with us; and this time’s baking expedition brought out some sensual treats – warm and aromatic from the oven. My older daughter exclaimed – “they  almost look and smell like the ones we get from outside..” When I asked her why “almost“, she told me that since I was not going to put the “unhealthy” white drizzle on the top they don’t quite look the same:-) She was wrong this time. Indulging into cinnamon buns  is quite incomplete without the “unhealthy white drizzle”, isn’t it?

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients: (makes about 14-16 small rolls)

  1. 2.5  cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  3. 1 tablespoon cinnamon (powder/ground)
  4. 3/4 whole cup milk
  5. 1/8 cup sugar
  6. 1/8  cup butter
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 egg
  9. 3 tablespoons butter, just about melted
  10. 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  11. 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  12. chopped pecans or walnuts or raisins/or both nuts and raisins(Optional) – makes a nice addition

For the sugar glaze:

  1. 3/4 cup caster sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon melted butter
  3. 2-4 tablespoons milk (or just enough to make a thick consistency)


To make the  Sugar Glaze:

Whisk together the sugar, butter and milk till it reaches a thick, but slightly pourable consistency.

To make the Rolls:

In a large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the all-purpose flour  and the tablespoon of ground cinnamon and yeast. Heat the milk, 1/8 cup sugar, 1/8 cup butter and salt just until mixture is warm (not hot) and the butter is just melted, stirring slowly.

Add milk mixture to flour mixture; add the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for about a minute while  scraping the sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. Dough will be soft.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball.

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl & cover; let it rise in a warm place until double (about 1 to 1.5 hours).

Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half and shape each half into a ball. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. On lightly floured surface roll out half of the dough into a rectangle/oblong.

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Spread generously with 1.5 tablespoons softened butter. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle half over the stretched dough. Sprinkle the nuts/raisins if you are using them. Roll up from a short side.

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Seal the edges.

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Make a second roll with remaining dough, in the same way as above.

Slice each dough roll into 6-8 pieces.

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Arrange slices, cut side down, in a greased baking pan. Cover; let rise until nearly double (about 30 – 45 minutes). Do NOT skip this step.

At this stage the dough may be refrigerated for  24 hours. If  you are refrigerating the individual rolls overnight, the next morning remove the rolls from the refrigerator, remove the wrap, and let it stand at room temperature for  at least 30 minutes.

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Place the rolls very close to each other on a baking tray. Bake rolls in a 360 F degrees pre heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown. If required, to prevent over-browning, cover rolls loosely with foil the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking.

Invert at once onto a wire rack. Cool slightly.

Drizzle rolls with the already made  Sugar Glaze.

Serve warm.

Cinnamon Rolls

There you go… the Ooey, gooey, swirly, whirly Cinnamon Buns ! If you are insanely love with cinnamon rolls as me, and if you have never made them at home, please do give them a try. I promise you nothing gets more addictive than these. And I am not even going to tell you for how long these lasted between us.

Cinnamon Rolls

The rolls are Yeastspotted! These are also making its way to the Zorra’s BBD #28: Bread Buns hosted by Rachel at Tangerine’s Kitchen.

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70 comments to Cinnamon Rolls

  • I love cinnamon rolls….and every time I make a big American batch of them, I put on about 3 kgs. lol

  • I’ve increased my weight after reading these irresistible rolls. I’ve eaten – all- of them with my eyes!!



  • Haha… I bet they lasted about 5 minutes after you took the shots! I have never made cinnamon buns myself, but I looooove cinnamon so maybe I should just give it a try. Storebought ones can be quite bad sometimes, so homemade seems to be the way to go..

  • Lovely rolls! Bread, sugar and cinnamon, it feels like being in heaven!



  • cute rolls, Soma! love the step-by-step pics. 🙂

  • They are sinful alright. you are right, can’t stop with just one.
    There was a time when I did not like cinnamon in sweet things and then I slowly got over it.

  • Cham

    I never liked the cinnamon taste in sweet stuffs, but this one looks like store bought, sweet click!

  • Fatema

    Soma..Aajkal ki protidin ayishob cholche..Love the Cinnamon Rolls…Sotti step by step chobi gulo khub bhalo..

  • Healthy or not, I could never resist cinnamon rolls.

    Thank you for sending them in for the event.

  • These rolls look amazing. I love making cinnamon rolls, too. It is quite therapeutic. I love that you added cinnamon to the dough itself. I’ll have to do that the next time I make some. YUM!

  • Rolls look perfect, love the second pic..its gorgeous!

  • Looks too tempting to try but I am not a big fan of Cinnamon, my daughter would definitely like them.

  • ‘Oven goes ding’ … looks like tomar oven finally thik hoye geche. 🙂
    Thank you for giving the step by step directions … am making this for sure. The sugar glaze is just a mix? Not cooked? And did you use anything to seal the edges? Lovely snaps Soma … as usual. 🙂

    Bought a new smaller oven Sharmila:-)
    Not the glaze is not to be cooked; real easy to make. Just press the dough to seal. haven’t used anything else to seal.

  • Excelente Blog, suas dicas me ajudaram muito.

  • Been a silent reader of your blog for a whlie – you do post some really amazing recipes. Although I am not a huge fan of Cinnamon in general, Cinnamon Roll is a definite exception.

  • Oh yum, these look awsome. Thanks for sharing.

  • thye look fanatastic!

  • I sure will join you and the girls in my love for these rolls. I can just small them. Beautiful and so so dleicous;

  • im def gonna try these out…have been meaning to..and this was def inspiration

  • yum these look amazing :O)

  • These look absolutely delicious!
    I’m on the hunt for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe, and these may be it!

  • Love these.Cinnamon is my favourite spice.TRULY LOVE THE ROLLS. 😛 😛 😛

  • I have a serious weakness for cinnamon buns – they look heavenly!

  • I absolutely adore cinnamon rolls… and your step by step pics make them even more tempting:) Oh how I wish to have one right now:)

  • Slurpppp….my weakness..just love it..

  • Beautiful rolls, and now I’m very hungry! Did you include some cinnamon in the dough? Looks delicious.

  • SE

    Wow…such delicious looking rolls…these are one of my favorites too…got to post these some time…

  • Cinnamon rolls are my favorite – so good freshly made at home, yum!

  • Nothing quite compares to a home made cinnamon bun! Heavenly little rolls!

  • Wow yummmy!!!! lovely pics….

  • Excellent click!!! Beautiful rolls….looking out of this world

  • i love cinnamon rolls and these look so delicious! great recipe and beautiful photos!

  • Beautiful pictures. I love cinnamon rolls, but thought that they were high in caories. One look at your recipe and it does not seem that bad. yippie, thanks for the step by step instructions for baking novices like me.

  • Joy

    DO you know the noise homer simpson makes — the “GAAAAAAAAAH *drools on himself*” that one? Yeah totally just made that noise when I read through this post. My friend is obsessed with cinnamon rolls and I totally understand why now after seeing your recipe. I will most definitely have to whip up a batch for her, these look too delicious to resist. Beautiful beautiful pictures and post Soma 🙂

  • Sumi

    OMG..those are awfully cute. I have been planning to make this for a long time now, but never get to it.I just love yours..very neat

  • Anh

    Absolutely amazing!! I love cinnamon rolls!

  • These r sinful,gooey, heavenly looking cinnamon buns. OMG! I wud have to make them prettyyy soon 🙂

  • Ivy

    These look so beautiful. I love cinnamon rolls!

  • Awesome might not be able to describe this Soma. bookmarking this. between chollam kal bari. fire abar katha habe.

  • Ben

    I knew I should’ve eaten something before visiting your blog! Now I want this for breaktas! hehe.

  • I love those roll but without cinnamon, I prefer to use vanilla sugar and some caramel….

  • These look so delicious! I love cinnamon rolls–the perfect gooey comfort breakfast. I love your step by step too. Lovely rolls!

  • It was the aroma of the cinnamon that got me hooked to cinnamon buns…and the fact that they are the ultimate comfort food. Yours look so beautiful, Soma.

  • Can’t control myself around them, no way, no how!! That’s why I avoid making them. You are an enabler. :0)

  • My mom LOVES cinnamon rolls… Yours look perfect!

  • Oh these turn out so good. I just recently tried making them, and they were simply fantastic.
    Nice step by step guide .

    Thanks Kajal 🙂

  • Oh the rolls.. who doesn’t love the rolls? They are surely comfort food to me.. as a child/teen it would be our family’s thing to do.. go get ROLLS… looks fab.

  • Cinnamon buns turn me into a feral animal as well. When I smell them, I need them. NOW.

    These look delicious and you’re right – you gotta have the white drizzle.

  • hey these look so delicious..and delectable..

  • First time to ur blog. A wonderful site with variety of yummy dishes..
    cinnamon rolls looks delicious..

  • Those cinnamon buns look like the cinnabons;) Simply fantastic Soma

  • This has been on my to try list for a while now, looks fabulous and so very tempting!

  • cinnamon rolls are my major weakness… I could keep eating them… yours look fantastic Soma 🙂

  • i just recently did a post about food styling and plating. i gotta say.. i really like that last photo of the cinnamon rolls because it reflects a lot of dimension and color. the use of background is great, and the little touches of the flowers and yellow napkins make it pop. and of course, the cinnamon rolls look perfect with that cup of coffee!

  • Shreya

    360 degrees celcius or farenheit?

    360 Degrees Fahrenheit. Sorry I missed that I have updated the post.

  • Great pictures! I really love cinnamon buns, too. I’ve never made them with the sugar glaze, though. Will have to try that!

  • Beautiful cinnamon buns! They look like Cinnabon but better. Great photos and food styling too!

  • Perfect rolls! It’s a pitty my husband doesn’t like bread with spices. 🙁 Thank you for your participation in BBD.

  • poornima

    Made your cinnamon scrolls last night. Delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    Thank you for writing and letting me know 😀

  • Prabs

    Yummy yum looking rolls, Soma!
    I chanced upon your site last week & am so glued on to it, since then.
    Fabulous site! Tiny suggestion from my end..It would be easier if the recipes of a particular category get listed, without any details.. unsure if its already like that.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I know the site is not well organized. Their is a category index on the left bat, but we are in the process of re doing the site, very slowly. Don’t know when it will be up. We will have to do a recipe index.

  • […] And omg. Look at these buns and tell me you don’t wanna eat them. *droools* […]

  • Prabs

    Soma, I tried out these delicious rolls last weekend & they were yummy! Thank you so much. Am an amateur in baking.. Was wondering if you pre-heat the oven for this recipe?

    Yes the oven has to be pre heated to the given temperature. I have updated the post. Thank you

  • simran

    Thank you so much for this recipe.this is going to be the best mothers day gift to my mom with a cup of that Indian espresso coffee.

  • […] I used the recipe found here. […]

  • senga

    Love your post.
    I want to make cinnamon rolls but i don`t have a stand mixer?Can i just mixed it with wooden spoon ?Will the texture and taste will be the same as those cinnamon made with the used of the stand mixer.Please advice.

    sure.. use the spoon and even better use your arms. I do not have a stand mixer either..:) it only makes things a bit easier on your arms!

  • Michael

    Hi, these look great! I’m hopefully going to make them soon.

    Just a couple of questions:
    In the ingredients list, number 3 is 1 tbsp of cinnamon. I can’t find it in the method, so what do you do with this?
    Also, for the glaze, do you use caster sugar or powdered sugar?
    And finally, are these US measurements, or metric?

    Thanks 🙂

    Thanks much for bringing that to my attention Michael. Yes there was a mistake. I have updated the post. That tablespoon of cinnamon is to be mixed with the flour when making the dough. It is not probably a norm, but if you like that extra cinnamon as we do, use it.

    Powdered sugar/castor sugar or or you may use confectioners sugar too.

    It is US measurements – as 8oz in a cup.

    Hope I could help.

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  • saadia

    im visiting yr blog first time .. and yr pictures of recipes looks so tempting that i cant wait for tommorrow to try .. i want to make and smell and then taste the yummy flavour …hmmmmmmmmmm .. u know wht im feeling right now.. its absolutly yum

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