1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

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This 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe is quick and easy to make, drizzled with a heavenly cream cheese icing, and absolutely delicious!

1 Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Is there anything better in life than a freshly-baked pan of warm homemade cinnamon rolls?

Actually, yes — homemade cinnamon rolls that can be ready to go in just 1 hour! ♡

We’re talkin’ bakery-style cinnamon rolls made with the softest, chewiest, lightly-golden dough, an irresistible buttery cinnamon-sugar swirl filling, and your choice of icing (either traditional or cream cheese icing, you pick!) generously drizzled on top.  They are surprisingly easy to make and guaranteed to fill your home with the yummiest, coziest, hygge-ist vibes as they bake.  And once that warm pan emerges from the oven, everyone who has tried these cinnamon rolls agrees that they are downright irresistible.

So this weekend, I thought I would bump this cinnamon roll recipe back to the top of the site since it seems like we could also use some extra comfort food in our lives right now.  If you’re new to working with yeast and homemade dough, please don’t be intimidated at all!  I promise to walk you through each step of the process with clear instructions, and we also have a step-by-step video to give you a visual.  I’ve also updated the recipe below with options to either make the dough either by hand or use the help of a stand mixer.  Plus I’ve included two different icing options so that you can choose your favorite!

I’m telling you, these cinnamon rolls are simply the best.  So grab your rolling pin, and let’s make a batch!

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients:

Alright, before we get to the recipe, let’s talk ingredients.  To make the best cinnamon rolls, you will need:

  • Milk: I typically use cow’s milk for the dough (2% or whole milk).  But you could also sub in any other type of plain non-dairy milk that you prefer.
  • Butter: We will melt some butter for the dough.  But then it’s also very important that you have softened butter ready to go for the filling.
  • Flour: Just traditional all-purpose flour.  (I have not tested this recipe with other types of flour.)
  • Sugars: We will use granulated (white) sugar in both the dough and filling, as well as some brown sugar in the filling.
  • Salt: Just a touch, to bring out the flavor of the dough.
  • Instant YeastAlso known as “rapid rise yeast.”  You will just need one little packet (or 2.25 teaspoons).
  • Egg: One egg, for the dough.
  • Ground cinnamonBecause…cinnamon rolls!

I have also included two different cinnamon roll icing options for you to choose from, whose ingredients include:

  • Cream cheese icing: Made with cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and milk.
  • Traditional icing: Made with melted butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and milk.

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How To Make Cinnamon Rolls:

Full instructions are included in the recipe below.  But as a brief overview, to make this easy cinnamon rolls recipe we will simply:

  1. Heat the milk and butter. Heat the milk and 1/4 cup of the butter in the microwave until the butter is completely melted.  It’s essential here that the mixture be the correct temperature — lukewarm (110°F, which I really recommend double-checking with a cooking thermometer if you have one — so that the yeast will activate.  If the mixture accidentally got a bit too warm in the microwave, no worries, just let it sit out for a few minutes to cool.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.  Whisk together 3 cups flour (not all of the flour), 1/4 cup granulated sugar and salt until combined.
  3. Mix the dough. Then mix all of the dough ingredients together as directed in the recipe below, either using a stand mixer or kneading the dough by hand.  Once the dough is ready to go, transfer it to a greased bowl, cover and let it rise for 10 minutes.
  4. Mix the cinnamon-sugar filling.  Then while the dough rests, make your filling by whisking together the sugars and cinnamon.
  5. Roll the dough (1st stage).  Once the dough is ready to go, turn it out onto a floured work surface and roll it into a 9 x 14 inch rectangle. Spread the remaining butter out evenly over the entire surface of the dough. And then sprinkle the dough evenly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  6. Roll out the dough (2nd stage). Then beginning at the 14-inch edge (see the video for a visual), tightly roll up the dough and give the final seam a little pinch so that it seals. Slice the dough into 11-12 pieces — 11 rolls fit well in a pie plate, whereas 12 rolls fit in a rectangular pan — either using dental floss (see video) or a knife.
  7. Let the dough rise. Place each of the cut cinnamon rolls into a greased 9-inch pie plate or 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  Cover with a damp towel and let the rolls rise while you make the icing.  Go ahead and turn your oven on at this point too.
  8. Make the icing.  Whisk together either the cream cheese icing or traditional icing ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  9. Bake. Then once the rolls have risen, uncover the dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden and cooked through. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes.
  10. Add icing.  Drizzle with the prepared icing and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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Possible Variations:

Feel free to play around with this recipe and customize it however you might like!  For example, feel free to…

  • Add nutsFeel free to sprinkle some finely-chopped slivered almonds or pecans over the cinnamon-sugar mixture, before rolling up the dough.
  • Add cardamomI also love adding a teaspoon of ground cardamom to the cinnamon-sugar mixture, to add some extra depth of flavor.
  • Add NutellaIn place of the softened butter spread on top of the dough, you are welcome to substitute Nutella.
  • Add orange glaze: To give these rolls extra orange flavor, just sprinkle the zest of an orange over the top of the cinnamon-sugar filling before rolling up the dough.  Then use fresh orange juice in place of milk in the icing.

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1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 11 -12 servings 1x

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This 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe is quick and easy to make, drizzled with a heavenly cream cheese icing, and absolutely delicious!


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Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (I used 2% milk)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened and divided
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant (“rapid rise”) yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients (Option 1):

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons milk (if needed)

Traditional Icing Ingredients (Option 2):

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk and butter. Combine milk and 1/4 cup butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Continue heating in 20 second intervals, pausing after each to stir, until the butter is melted and the milk is warm to the touch but not hot.  (It should be around 110°F — I recommend measuring the temperature with a cooking thermometer.)  If the mixture is too hot, just wait a few minutes for it to cool.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour (not all of the flour), 1/4 cup granulated sugar and salt until combined.
  3. Mix the dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough-hook attachment, add the warm milk mixture and sprinkle the yeast on top, then give the mixture a brief stir.  Add the flour mixture and egg, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough begins to form a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  (Use no more than 3 1/2 cups of flour total.)  Continue beating for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Remove dough and form it into a ball with your hands.  Place it in a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel.  Let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Mix the cinnamon-sugar filling.  While the dough rests, make your filling by whisking together the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and ground cinnamon together in a small mixing bowl until combined.
  5. Roll the dough (1st stage).  Once the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured work surface. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 9 x 14 inches in size. (If you want all of the edges to be even, you can use a pizza slicer to cut the dough into an even rectangle.) Use a knife or an offset spatula to spread the remaining 1/4 cup of softened butter out evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Then sprinkle the dough evenly* with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  6. Roll out the dough (2nd stage). Beginning at the 14-inch edge, tightly roll up the dough and give the final seam a little pinch so that it seals. Use a piece of dental floss or a knife to slice off the two ends of the roll (just 1/2-inch or so on each end, which you can discard) so that the ends are even. Cut the remaining dough into 11 or 12 equal pieces. (11 rolls fit well in a pie plate, whereas 12 rolls fit in a rectangular pan.)
  7. Let the dough rise. Place each of the cut cinnamon rolls into a greased 9-inch pie plate or 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  Cover the dish with a damp towel, and leave it in a warm place to rise for 25 minutes.  Heat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Make the icing.  While the dough is rising, whisk together either the cream cheese icing or traditional icing ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth.  If it seems too thick, add in an extra tablespoon of milk at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.  If it is too thin, add in extra powdered sugar.
  9. Bake. Once the rolls have risen, uncover the dish.  Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden and cooked through. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes.
  10. Frost.  Drizzle with the prepared icing and serve warm.


Notes

To Make The Dough By Hand: If you do not have an electric stand mixer with a dough attachment, you can simply stir the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Then turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes.

Dental Floss Dough-Cutting: Simply break off a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Then carefully slide the floss under the dough to the exact location you want to “cut”.  Pull the ends of the floss up and cross over the top of the dough. Then give the floss a gentle tug to cut all the way through the dough. (See the video above for a visual.)  This is the best method I’ve found to make a clean slice through the dough — although the standard knife method still works too.

 

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361 comments on “1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls”

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  2. PERFECTLY DELICOUS IN EVERY BITE…… I’m a sucker for baking but I get scared to work with yeast. This recipe helped me overcome my fear of yeast. This recipe is sssooo easy and perfect in everyway I’m breathless. Lets not forget also very fast to make. My family loves the cinnamon rolls,but I can’t take all the credit I tell them jus where I got the recipe. Ali your awesome. Keep up the good work.

  3. Beautiful pics! Love this recipe!

  4. Made a double batch of these this afternoon–GREAT recipe–my new go to for cinnamon rolls!

  5. These are so easy kids can make them

  6. I love that these don’t take a long time abd look delicious! I’ve been wanting to make some pumpkin cinnamon rolls, do you have any ideas as to how to manage these into pumpkin cinnamon rolls? Thanks(:

  7. So about that egg…
    Somehow, I totally missed it and forgot to put it in… Nevertheless, cinnamon rolls turned out amazing!!

  8. yay finally found cinnamon roll recipe that only takes an hour ima make them right now to see how they turn out!thank you for this easy recipe! :)

  9. These are really great. I will definitely be making these again.

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  11. These were delicious however they were pretty doughy. Did I mix them too long or not let them rise enough? This is not going to stop me from giving them another try.

    • Mine were also really doughy. I just put them back in the oven the see if they’ll cook more without burning. It smells good though!

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  13. THESE ARE THE BOMB!
    Thank you for sharing!
    I’ve made several batches of traditional sit and wait rolls.
    We had a craving this morning and was looking for something that would provide a quick fix.
    This did not disappoint and by far beat the sit and wait. All 6 in the house thought this to be great.
    One change I did make was reduced the brown sugar and cinnamon filling to only 1/2 on the rolls.
    Rolled them loosely, very light and fluffy. Great Sunday morning treat at 16 degrees.
    Enjoyed in Alaska

  14. I found these when I searched Pinterest for cinnamon rolls. One hour was tempting, and they turned out to be SUPER easy and delicious.

    I should have rolled mine out to make the dough thinner, which would have used all of my cinnamon-sugar filling. I spooned the icing into a Ziploc bag and cut the corner to drizzle it on top. The hole was a bit too big, but I definitely had some left-over icing to lick off the whisk!

  15. Made these yesterday and they were great! Took me just over an hour to make, and less than an hour for my family to eat the entire batch! I used the warming drawer in my oven to allow the rolls to rise and it worked perfectly. Will make these again. Thanks :)

  16. Thank you for the recipe. The cinnamon rolls were amazing and so soft and fluffy :3

  17. yum,yum, yum!!! I made these and it was perfect. I love that it only takes one hour! I see all these yummy recipes but they take so long….this one was quick, fun, and easy. Definitely making these for Thanksgiving morning, thanks for the delicious, quick recipe!!

  18. In the making dough instructions you said add yeast to mixing bowl and stir to combine. Combine with what? Do I add yeast and then continue adding the rest of the ingredients. (I might need a yeast for dummies book, I hate using it)

    • Well, I put the yeast in the bowl, dumped my flour and other ingredients on top and followed the directions, and they turned out wonderful. Thankyou for an easy recipe that even us yeast haters can use.

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  20. These are AMAZING! i just made these but without any icing, i didn’T feel they needed it, were very sweet and very delicious without. Have saved this recipe and will be definitely using again!Thanks so much. Had them for an afternoon snack but as they are so easy and quick could easily be done in the morning for a nice breakfast treat.

  21. I made these yesterday and they were a hit. Just one thing – I deliberately kept one overnight to see how they kept and it was dry and not very nice in the morning. Maybe it would have been better if it had been half a dozen stored tightly together, but still… worth knowing that they’re much better on the day!

  22. I made these tonight and they’re delicious! I had to bake them an xtra 5 minutes, but they were great! Will try the caramel apple ones soon!

  23. My new favorite cinnamon roll recipe. Delicious!!

  24. These are awesome! I baked them an extra 5 minutes but they are great! I use 1/3 whole wheat flour in these and it still worked perfectly. I also had so much I decided to try freezing some. I cut them up, put some into a pan and covered with plastic wrap (specifically press n seal), and froze them. 2 weeks later I took them out right before bed, uncovered them and let them rise while I went to bed. The next morning, into the oven they went and in 20 minutes I had fresh rolls! And all the work had been done previously! I even did these as a conversion to sourdough, and it still worked out quite yummy! I have marked these as a favorite recipe! (next I’m going to see if these can be converted to gluten free as my sis is gf and these are too awesome for her not to have them!)

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  26. I’m making these for Christmas morning, so.excited. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  27. I really like that these take a much shorter time than other recipes, and taste delicious. I made them exactly as the recipe called the first time. The next time I made a couple changes and liked them even more. The following are my changes and why I made them.
    1. Cut the cinnamon-sugar filling and the butter in half. They were too sweet for my taste with the full amount. Also, with the full amount, lots of it fell to the bottom of the pan when baking. This icreated a hard, almost unchewable crust on the bottom of the cinnamon roll.
    2. Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla extract to the cream cheese frosting. Otherwise, If you take a bite of just frosting all i tasted was the butter.
    3. Cook an extra 5 minutes.
    I will be putting this recipe in my tried and true recipe binder. Thanks for the recipe Ali!

  28. Just tried these and they are the best ever. Melt in your mouth. I read wrong and only used 1/4c butter on the filling and only 2T. cinnamon but you couldnt ask for better. This recipe is definately a keeper.

  29. Just tried these, first time baking cinnamon rolls,all other recipes sound so complicated. These are great!!! Just ate one warm out of the oven. Will definitely make these again. Followed recipe and everything turned out perfect. Husband taking some to his family now.

  30. I just can’t describe how amazing these rolls are…I strongly recommend the recipe and I thank you so much, Ali for sharing it, you made my life better : )
    I hope they’ll taste as good tomorrow morning when brother gets up!

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  32. For all you ladies that dont have a box of bread dough for your bread maker laying around the house this is a excellent recipe….I melt the milk in microwave for 40 seconds and take out…..than I heat butter until melted….take it out and mix with milk…..than add 1 egg to milk mixture…..mixed and place in bread maker……combine all dry ingredients except yeast and add to bread maker……make a well in center of dry ingredients and add yeast and cover yeast with dry ingredients. …..I put on dough cycle and let it go…when done roll out poo ut butter..cinnamon and sugar on it ….roll…cut and let raise and bake…..I will never buy box bread dough again…

  33. I planned to make these Christmas morning but got hung up on the directions. I still want to try them but have a question. You say to put the yeast in the mixer bowl and stir to combine. What am I combining it with? According to directions, I haven’t put anything in that bowl yet. I assumed it would have been the warm milk mixture but that comes in later. I’ve tried lots of yeast cinnamon rolls so I’m feeling a little sad that everyone except me managed to figure this out. :(
    Also, thanks for the tips, Andrea!

    • what you do is put the milk and butter mixture into the bowl first. then add the flour mixture and mix together with the rest of the ingredients

  34. Mmmm! Made these last night!
    Took me a little more than an hour because I really wanted to take my time and get this right. Didn’t think it would actually be as easy as this! I’ve been intimidated countless times by other recipes and I’ve heard so much about the trouble one has to go through just to get some fresh, soft cinnamon rolls, but this recipe has cleared all my doubts and fears.
    The dental floss method of cutting them up is such a great tip!
    Definitely going to make this one again!

  35. My whole family was sick the first of 2014. I found this recipe, had all ingredients so my 9 yr old stepson and I made these, Fantastic! We only did 2 things different:we ground up walnuts (had those in the freezer) and added 2 tsps (slowly) of fresh lemon juice to the traditional drizzle. To die for. Thank you so much for sharing
    Sincerely,
    Renee

  36. Your recipe seems like a winner,I just need a printer friendly version.

    Happy creating!

  37. These are super yummy! First time I ever made cinnamon rolls from scratch and they were quick and easy, yay! I added chopped pecans to the cinnamon butter mixture. I think next time I will add some on top too! I also cut the butter and sugar by half using the cream cheese frosting recipe. Super good and sweet enough for us! I will be making this for years to come and will probably keep experimenting with the frosting flavors! I want to add some lemon next time! I was reading someone had doughy rolls….I know I baked them about 5-7 minutes extra just to be sure that didn’t happen!!! The texture was perfect and I used a rectangular pan.

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  39. Just tried this and am waiting for them to come out of the oven! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  42. These were so easy to make and taste delicious. Posted about them on MamaTCan blog.
    Thank You for the recipe.

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  44. These were delicious! I cut into 16 rolls and put 8 into each buttered pie plate. I froze one, prior to final rise, to use at a later date. Great texture and taste!

  45. These cinnamon buns are INSANE! Sorry I’m shouting but they are the best I ever had. I’m never using a different recipe ever again.
    (Only slight adjustment I might make: I’m using strong organic sugar so I think I will cut down the sugar in the filling just a tiny bit.)
    Thank !

  46. This is the easiest and fastest recipe for delicious cinnamon rolls ever! My family loved them! And, they reminded me of the ones my mom would make when I was a kid. I’m an “advanced” baker and I have made just about everything there is to bake…so take my word for it…this is THE cinnamon roll recipe to keep forever.

  47. Wow great recipe it took me more than a hour but the out come was great love it t

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  50. thank you for sharing this recipe!! i love it!!
    i used the usual icing instead of cream cheese frosting but i added lemon juice in the icing mixture to counter the sweetness of the sugar.. decided to just use icing sugar, lemon juice and some milk. superb!!
    i will serve it for tomorrow’s breakfast.. my kids will love this bread for sure! :)