Super soft and fluffy gooey homemade cinnamon rolls are my love language.
I mean, all food is my love language but cinnamon rolls are just the ultimate in comfort. Sometimes I wish I could just roll myself up in a soft and gooey cinnamon roll blanket and eat it whenever. But really, that would be kind of weird. So maybe I just want to wrap myself in a blanket that looks like a cinnamon roll while I eat warm soft cinnamon rolls right out of the oven!
These particular cinnamon rolls are super soft, fluffy, and perfectly chewy, with so much gooey brown sugar cinnamon and luxurious melty cream cheese icing. The sweet, sweet smell of brown sugar and cinnamon and butter while you’re baking is absolutely irresistible. These are my DREAM rolls. If you love sweet, bread-y things, these cinnamon rolls are for you. Are you bread-y for it?!
Is cinnamon roll icing the best part of a cinnamon roll? I think the little medium rare nugget in the middle is the best, but gooey, drippy cream cheese icing comes close. Make sure you ice your rolls when they’re still warm so the icing nestles itself into all the noodles and crannies.
Simply mix together room temp cream cheese, soft butter, and powdered sugar. The key is to use room temp cream cheese so you don’t get any cream cheese lumps. You can also add a touch of vanilla.
To make overnight cinnamon rolls, after shaping and cutting the rolls, pop them in the pan and wrap well with plastic wrap. Let the rolls rise overnight in the fridge. The next day, 1 hour before you’re going to bake, let them rest on the counter top, then bake as directed.
You can freeze these 2 ways, before baking and after baking:
After cutting the rolls, place them in the pan, then immediately cover with plastic wrap and freeze – don’t let them proof. The night before you’re going to bake, let the rolls rise overnight in the fridge. The next day, 1 hour before you’re going to bake, let them rest on the counter top, then bake as directed.
Let the rolls cool completely and leave them unfrosted. Wrap up the entire tray or separate them out individually. Defrost at room temp then warm in a 350°F oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes, or microwave for 20-30 seconds.
Keep them in an air tight container on the counter top for up to 3 days. After that, store them in the fridge for up to a week and make sure you reheat before enjoying!
Heat in the microwave for 20-25 seconds or in a low oven for 5 minutes or until warmed through.
Do you think there’s a difference between cinnamon rolls and cinnamon buns? Personally I use the terms interchangeably. They’re both soft and squishy and delicious. But, did you know that the youths refer to people as “cinnamon rolls”? When someone calls you a cinnamon roll, it means you’re soft and cute. It’s a good thing!
Super soft, fluffy, and perfectly chewy cinnamon rolls with so much gooey brown sugar cinnamon and luxurious melty cream cheese icing.
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In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the milk and sprinkle on the yeast. Let sit until the yeast starts to foam, 1-2 minutes. Stir in the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and melted butter then stir in the flour and salt with a wooden spoon until everything comes together into a ball of dough.
Knead with the dough hook on medium for 8 minutes. Alternately, knead by hand for 8-10 minutes on a floured surface. Lightly oil and large bowl and place the dough inside.
Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise for 1 to 1 and a half hours or until doubled in size.
On a lightly floured surface, tip out the dough and roll out to a large, long rectangle, about 14 x 20 inches. Spread the butter evenly, all the way to the edges. Whisk together the cinnamon and sugar in small bowl then spread evenly onto the dough.
Roll into a tight roll, and cut into 9 even pieces for an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan. If using a 11 x 7 inch pan, cut into 6 pieces for giant rolls or 12 for smaller rolls. Place the rolls into the pan.
Cover loosely with plastic and let rise in the fridge overnight. Or, if you’re wanting to bake right away, cover and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until doubled.
When ready to bake, remove the rolls from the fridge and heat the oven to to let come to room temperature as the oven is heating up, about 30-45 minutes. Heat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until slightly golden and just cooked through or the internal temp comes to 190°F.
While the rolls are baking, make the frosting by beating together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla (if using) until light and fluffy. Let the rolls cool for 5 minutes, then frost. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Roll Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 bun)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 9.2g58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.