cinnamon roll simple recipe

YIELDS:1 dz.
PREP TIME:30 mins
TOTAL TIME:3 hrs 25 mins



  • Cooking spray
  • 1 c. warm milk, heated to 110°
  • 2 1/4 tsp. or 1 (0.25-oz.) packet instant yeast
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 c. (540 g.) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. (100 g.) granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda


  • 3/4 c.(150 g.) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, divided, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. (120 g.) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. milk or heavy cream
    • DOUGH

      1. Step 1Lightly grease a large bowl with cooking spray. In another large bowl or in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, stir milk and yeast until yeast is mostly dissolved.
      2. Step 2Add eggs, flour, granulated sugar, butter, salt, and baking soda and beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until dough is smooth and elastic and starts to pull away from sides of bowl, 10 to 15 minutes.
      3. Step 3Transfer dough to prepared bowl and turn so outside of dough is thoroughly greased. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until almost doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.

      1. Step 1In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, or in the large bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Lightly grease a 13″x 9″ baking pan with butter.
      2. Step 2On a lightly floured surface, dust dough with more flour. Using a rolling pin, roll out into a large square (about 18″x 18″). Spread to edges with filling, then roll dough into a log. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 pieces, each about 1 1/2″ wide.
      3. Step 3Arrange rolls cut side up in prepared pan. Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, 30 to 40 minutes.
      4. Step 4Preheat oven to 400°. Uncover rolls and bake until golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes.
      5. Step 5Meanwhile, in large bowl using handheld mixer or in the large bowl of stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and remaining 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy. Gradually add milk and continue to beat to loosen icing.
      6. Step 6Immediately frost rolls. Serve warm.

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