Sep 27, 2013

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Cinnamon BunsThis is one of my prize recipes! I worked hard to make the healthiest cinnamon rolls possible (so I can eat more of them) but they had to be soft and gooey and delicious.  This is it. I tried using some whole wheat flour but they never turned out soft enough so it’s all-purpose flour but the good  news is the entire recipe uses only two tablespoons of butter. Two. And now I have even better news: I usually make them with no butter at all. There’s so much flavor in the cinnamon and brown sugar filling that I use a trans-fat free margarine (Canola Harvest) and I defy anyone to tell the difference between that and the one with butter.

Make it either way. If you are concerned about cholesterol I promise that you will love these delicious buns without butter. If you use butter, it’s only 2 tablespoons so each roll has as little butter as a slice of toast.  Two tablespoons divided by eight rolls equals 3/4 of a teaspoon of butter in each cinnamon roll.

Did you know that all cinnamon is not the same? The most popular kind is Ceylon cinnamon, which is what most stores sell but they usually also have Saigon cinnamon which I LOVE! It’s much more potent and fragrant, in fact I usually use less because it’s so powerful. If you use Saigon cinnamon, reduce the amount in the filling from 2 tablespoons to 1 1/2 tablespoons. It’s amazing cinnamon and really worth looking for. My store carries Spice Islands brand…


Now let’s talk about frosting. You can frost them in the baking pan but I like to transfer them first to a plate or pie pan before frosting so the sides also get some of that gooey frosting. Here’s how: After the 10-minute cooling period place a dinner plate on top and flip them over onto the plate. Then take another plate or pie pan and flip them back again and they will be right side up and still warm and ready to frost… all sides!

You don’t have to give up cinnamon rolls. Make your own with my healthy recipe and if you want,  you can do the prep the night before, refrigerate overnight, then let them rise in the morning and bake. There’s no reason not to enjoy one of the best things in the world to bake. Your whole house will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of cinnamon!  Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

36 Comments on "Homemade Cinnamon Rolls"

  1. Joan

    I have never been able to make good bread,but with these recipes for wheat and white bread they turned out perfect. Will make cinnamon rolls in the morning. So Happy I found your site. Sent it to my friend she is going to make the bread also. They are so easy and healthy. Thank you!!!!!

  2. Carole

    Bonjour! Ca fait deux fois que j’essaie la recette et ma pâte ne lève pas ou à peine.J’ai essayé la levure instantané et après la regulière. Rien à faire , elle ne leve toujours pas. Que faire???

    Translation: Hello! It’s been twice that I try the recipe and my dough does not rise or barely. I tried instant yeast and after the regular one. Nothing to do, she still does not get up. What to do???

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Please look at these FAQs:

      • Carole

        Bonjour! Je crois que mon problème est la grandeur de mon moule. J’ai un moule rond de 10″ x 1-1/2″ de hauteur. Quelle hauteur a votre moule rond exactement. Je vais acheter le même et mettre toute les chance de mon côté. Mais le goût des brioches est excellent. Merci

        Translation: Hello! I think my problem is the size of my mold. I have a round mold 10 “x 1-1 / 2” high. How tall is your round pan exactly. I will buy the same and put all the luck on my side. But the taste of brioches is excellent. Thank you

  3. Carol

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I made the chocolate cake and I’m making the no-knead bread in the dutch oven next. Just discovered your website and I have shared it with my friends because you don’t load everything with butter and lots of fattening things. My only problem is that this has been a very cold January here where I live and we have been inside so much that I have taken to baking and eating….but thanks for the great recipes, so much appreciated.

  4. Lola Creamer

    Jenny, thank you. Your cinnamon rolls looks delicious. I have a question, would it affect the cinnamon rolls if I add rasins?

    Thank you, Lola

    • Woweze

      No, I don’t think it would. I’ve made different recipes for cinnamon buns and have put raisins in each recipe. I’ve never affected any of the recipes. (All it does do, is make my boyfriend extra happy because he loves raisins in them.) 😁

  5. Robin Trumbo

    What if you don’t have mixer? If you Do it by hand, how long would you have to mix?

    • Jenny

      You will just have to knead it longer, until the dough is smooth and elastic, maybe another 100 turns.

  6. Bonnie

    For the icing, do you use 1% milk also?

    • Jenny

      Yes, but you can use any kind of milk, even cream.

  7. HollyS

    Jenny, thank you! 🙂

  8. Hal

    Thank you Jenny, I make at least 6 of these a weekfor friends and relatives . When someone gets sick or has a BOOBOO, I make them this. You will not believe how many people get sick in my small community. I make this as a braided bread as well and have found that it is sorta loose and wants to spread , so I use a 5″ x 2 1/2″ x 12″ hot table pan and it works like magic. Sorry for babaling but THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  9. Gabber

    I love this recipe as do my grandkids and kids.
    I have never had so many complements.
    Can these buns be frozen and then thawed?
    I have frozen left over buns and they seem fine.
    We are having a large crowd for breakfast and it would be hard to get these done fresh in time.

  10. Lynda

    Costco is good. But nothing will ever compare to homemade. You know what the ingredients are for one thing.
    Thanks Jenny, nice and simple. I will be making these again for my quilting class. They love the nice and warm gooey cinnamon.

  11. Vegas Nana

    We love Saigon Cinnamon !
    If you have a Costco, we found a 10.7 oz for $2.65. Same great flavor much cheaper .

    P.S. We use it in our morning coffee. Yum IT is the only one that doesn’t clog the filter.

  12. Johanne Louise

    Hi Jenny Yr Cinnamon Buns are easy great taste and I made two recipes for One pan for my Son and his wife just had my First GrandBaby Girl as bringing baby home for her to smell great smell for them to enjoy…they fell in love with them…now its every 2 weeks I make this,,,….now I’m making it for Xmas and for New Years….PLus I love Choc Cake with no butter no eggs when you make yr icing add after sprinkle sea salt in icing I love your recipes
    you make them great Take Care Johanne Louise from Laval Montreal. Quebec Canada.

  13. CaramelLover

    Love this recipe I add chopped Pecans and it makes them so good Love Your work

  14. The Other Sue

    Holy Moly! I made your rolls yesterday and my darling husband said they were the best I’ve ever done! I found your site because of the recipe for Angel Wings. My husband is Polish. We are both super excited to try your Polish recipes soon!! Thank you for posting the recipes and for the videos as well. It helps to have the visuals as I try new things. I will be making the rolls to take to work for everyone on Christmas Eve. I’ve also tried the paper bag popcorn and it has turned out perfect every time!

    Thank you so very much!!
    (The Other) Sue

  15. Carmen

    Can these be turned into cinna mini buns??

  16. Helen Price

    I can’t tell you in this small space…how glad I am that I found you…..I went out and bought me a Kitchen aid today….my cinnamon rolls are rising as we speak….thank you so much. Now that I have found you, I will be looking for more of your tasty morsels.

    thanks again

  17. Mel

    Can I use a 9 by 13 for the cinnamon rolls.

  18. Joe

    These were great , love how simple to make….


  19. Gammy

    Can raisins be added to this wonderful sounding recipe? Thank you Glamour Puss.

  20. Lisa

    I’ve baked these cinnamon rolls on four separate occasions–and they’ve turned out perfect every time. Thanks for this super simple recipe. I used to be so intimidated by anything calling for yeast in the recipe, but not anymore. I’ve also made your quick pizza dough as well as your no knead bread dough–both are keepers. So happy I found your site!

  21. LaVonna Brown

    I’m the worst cook in the world—BUT I love cinnamon rolls and have been trying and trying to practice to make ones that are edible. One of my main problems is getting the things to rise—-this recipe, heavens, you dump the yeast in with those other ingred. and move on with the rest of the recipe. I’m really anxious to try doing these myself—if it works for me—-you Jenny are a genious teacher!!!!
    Wish me luck!!!

  22. Rhonda

    Omg!! This is heaven. I have a very strong weakness for cinnamon rolls. I crave these a lot. I stay away from them though as much as I can but now look what you went and done made them healthier so I wont feel guilty ordering one from Mrs. Winners. They make them from scratch so I didn’t feel so bad when I splurge knowing how they are made there, but geez. I have got to make these. Looks so delicious 🙂

  23. sue

    Another awesome recipe!!! Holy Crap do those look great!!! We will try these too!! Thanks JJ!! Your recipes are incredible!!
    Btw, love your new photo!! You look great as usual!!! xoxo Sue, Mike, Kya and Lobo.

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