Monday, September 30, 2013

How To Make Melissa's Yummy Cinnamon Rolls - Photo Tutorial

Many people have been asking me for this, so here it is! 
Cinnamon Rolls

(I know this picture is obnoxiously large, but I wanted you to be able to get up close and personal with these cinnamon rolls. ha! ha!)

1. Start with the 30 Minute Roll Recipe
Note: This recipe makes about 50 cinnamon rolls! You might want to half the recipe!

Mix and rest 10 minutes:
3 ½ cups warm water                          
¾ cup sugar (OR 1/2 cup honey)
1 cup oil                                                
6 TBSP Yeast (Less yeast may be used, but rising time will be longer)

1 TBSP Salt                                          
3 eggs (can use egg powder and water)
10 ½ cups flour (wheat flour turns out really light and fluffy)

Mix in mixer or knead. Shape into rolls. Raise 10 minutes. *Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or until done. 

2. Here’s How to “Shape into Rolls”
Cut dough in half. Roll out one of the sections into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick (or so!) Spread soft or melted butter over the dough. Spread a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon over the butter. (I use about 4 cups of brown sugar to 3-4 TBSP of cinnamon. I go heavy on the cinnamon and never really measure. I just dump it in until it taste the way I want it to.) Roll up. Cut into 1 inch sections and place on cookie sheet. Let rise for about 10 minutes or so. Repeat with other section of dough, or just make them into dinner rolls.

*I prefer to bake them at 375 degrees until they are starting to lightly brown and dough is done in the middle. Take out of oven and let cool for about 5 minutes or so. Spread on or drizzle on the frosting.

Photo Tutorial:

Start off by shaping the dough roughly into a rectangle.
Cinnamon Rolls

Roll out the dough about 1/4" thick. This will take practice.
Roll out dough

Spread soft or melted butter over dough. 
Spread on the Butter

Put cinnamon sugar on the dough.
Cinnamon Sugar

Spread it out smoothly - feel free to use your hands.
Spread out Cinnamon Sugar

Roll up the dough.
Roll up the dough

Cut into 1 inch slices.
Cut the dough

Place them neatly on a cookie sheet and let them rise. This is a "jelly roll pan", which is half of a sheet cake. You can put them on smaller pans that just hold 12 cinnamon rolls.
Let them rise

Bake them in the oven and look how beautiful they are!
Bake in oven

Oh. My. Yumminess!
The best cinnamon rolls

Spread on your cream cheese frosting. (Recipe below)
Spread on Frosting

I wish you could smell these and taste them! Make some! YUM!!!! 
The best cinnamon rolls

3. Here’s How to Make the Frosting
Okay, I have to admit that I never measure! But here is an estimate….Soften about 8 oz of cream cheese and 3 tablespoon of butter in a large plastic bowl. Add 3-4 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a few (maybe 4??) tablespoons of milk. Mix with hand mixer…you may need to add more milk or powdered sugar to get the right consistency you like. I like it kinda thin like a cake batter, not thick like cake icing.

4. Enjoy!

Eat immediately with a glass of milk and enjoy! They are good for a few days, but you will want to warm them up for about 8 seconds in the microwave!


  1. Is this 3/4 cup sugar OR 1/2 cup honey? Also, what is cinnamon brown sugar ratio to spread over dough once rolled out?

    1. The recipe says 3/4 cup sugar OR 1/2 cup honey. I like to make it with honey! :)

  2. Would you recommend freezing the extra cinnamon rolls before or after baking them? Thanks!

    1. Hello! You can do either. If you do it before, freeze the cut rolls by freezing them on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, you can put them in a freezer bag. Then you can take them out whenever you want, put them in a pan, let them rise, and then bake as directed. If you freeze them after they have been cooked, you can put a few in a freezer bag and just take them out when you want them, let them thaw, warm in the microwave for a few seconds if you like, and enjoy! You can also bake them in a foil pan, and freeze the whole pan. I put plastic wrap over the rolls, then cover with tin foil. These freeze really well either way. Thanks!

  3. I can't wait to try these. Suppose to snow tomorrow so it's a great time I think for something yummy with hot chocolate!
    Thank you for coming to Albertson and getting us on our way of storing!
    Teresa Van Winkle

    1. Thanks Teresa! I loved coming out there to Albertson! What wonderful people I met there, and what a fun group! I hope you enjoyed making those cinnamon rolls! :)

  4. You mentioned that "wheat flour" makes these fluffy. What type of wheat flour would you be referring to? Whole wheat flour from the store? Home-milled wheat? Or just plain all purpose wheat flour?