Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Looking for a delicious recipe to make this week? Look no further! My family has been using this recipe for years. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser for parties or just for your family!


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

By Sarah Hunt


Makes 24 servings


Cinnamon Roll Dough Ingredients

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 8 cups flour
  • 3 tbs yeast


Cinnamon Sugar Filling Ingredients (from Laura of JoyFoodSunshine)

  • 2 cups of brown sugar, packed
  • 5 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 6 tbs butter softened


Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients (from Laura of JoyFoodSunshine)

  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/8 tsp salt



Mix together dough ingredients. After mixing, feel the consistency of the dough. Add flour as needed and 1 tbs of salt, mix.


Make the Filling

(the rest of these instructions, except the oven temperature and cooking time, are from JoyFoodSunshine’s recipe)

While the dough is rising, make the filling. In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until mixture is homogenous (uniform throughout). Set aside.

Alternately, you can combine the cinnamon and sugar. Then melt the butter and brush it on the rolled dough, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on the butter-brushed dough. (I think this way is easier)!


Assemble and Bake The Cinnamon Rolls:

Sprinkle a large work surface with flour. Gently press the gas out of the dough and form it into a rectangle. Roll the dough into a 24×12” rectangle, about ¼ inch thick. Spread the filling all over the dough using greased hands or a greased spatula. This process can seem difficult but it gets easier as you spread it.

(Alternately: if you only combined the cinnamon and sugar, then melt the butter and use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter all over the dough. Then sprinkle the dough with cinnamon sugar and pat it down gently to insure it sticks).

Roll up dough cut into 12 equal sized rolls (feel free to measure and cut each roll to be 2” long). Line a 9×13 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease. Then place rolls in 4 rows of three, evenly spaced. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 320 degrees F on the convection setting.

Once rolls are doubled in size, bake them in the preheated oven for 18 minutes/until golden brown.


Make the Cream Cheese Frosting:

While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Do NOT chill the frosting. Keep it at room temperature until the cinnamon rolls are baked.

Once the cinnamon rolls have been removed from the oven, spread the cream cheese frosting on them while they are still warm. Let cool and serve warm.


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