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Cinnamon rolls

Chewy Soft Cinnamon Rolls

There is nothing more delicious that a soft and chewy cinnamon roll. Especially one that has been drizzled in a brown butter icing. This recipe is a no muss-no fuss version that will have you never wanting another recipe again.
Course Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 535kcal
Author Lauren


For the Dough

  • 2 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast 2 packets
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar divided
  • 6 cups all purpose flour give or take 1 cup, see NOTES below
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Cinnamon Roll Filling

Brown Butter Icing


For the dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir warm water together with yeast an 3 tablespoon sugar until mostly dissolved. After 10 minutes, mixture should be foamy. (If nothing has happened, throw it out and try again OR buy fresher yeast.)
  • Add in remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 cups of flour and start to mix with the machine on low to medium speed with the dough hook attachment. Stir in melted butter and salt. Add in another 1-2 cups and let the machine work to knead it into the dough, about 2 minutes or kneading on low to medium speed. Add in remaining 2 cups of flour (if needed) bit by bit, letting the machine knead in the flour for several seconds before adding in more flour. Only add in enough flour to get a dough that is mostly smooth, has cleaned the sides of the bowl, the bottom is still sticking and when you touch it with your hands, it is tacky but not sticky enough to stick to your hands. This whole process should take about 10 minutes.
  • Scrape the dough out of the bowl and into a well greased large bowl. Roll it around to coat in oil, over and refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight.

Making the Cinnamon Rolls

  • Flour a clean surface and dump risen dough onto the board. Sprinkle the dough and rolling pin in more flour and start to roll a 24"x18 rectangle (approximately). As you roll, be sure to move the dough around to ensure no sticking. Add more flour as needed.
  • Using your fingers, spread the soft butter over the entire piece of dough, leaving a 1 inch border along the top of a longer 24" side. Spread the brown sugar over the butter evenly and then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Roll dough neatly into a tight swirl, towards the border of dough without cinnamon or sugar. Bring entire log of dough towards you, moving the seam side down to hold in place. Using a serrated bread knife, cut into 1 1/2" rolls (approximate is fine) and place onto buttered parchment paper on a lightly colored half sheet pan. (You should end up with 16 nice cinnamon rolls and 2 small end pieces that you can squeeze onto the sheet pan too or just toss.)
  • Cover rolls with plastic wrap and rise 1 hour or until puffed and pretty. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

For the brown butter icing

  • In a large skillet with high sides, melt butter over medium heat. After butter has melted, it should start to foam. Swirl butter for 2-3 minutes as it foams until the milk solids start to brown, butter smells nutty and you see medium brown flecks in the butter.
  • Remove from the heat immediately and pour in milk and vanilla. Whisk in powdered sugar cup by cup until smooth and thick.
  • Pour over warm cinnamon rolls and spread with a knife to coat.
  • Serve rolls warm or at room temperature.


Don't let the 6 cup increment of flour fool you! This is an approximation. Only add enough flour to get you a dough that:
  • has cleaned the sides of the mixing bowl
  • still sticks to the bottom of the mixing bowl
  • is mostly smooth
  • is tacky when touched but isn't sticky enough to leave a residue or stick
When in doubt, leave the dough a little on the sticky side and then refrigerate. You can always add in more flour later as you're rolling out the rolls to compensate.


Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg