Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

This past weekend I woke up feeling overly passionate about food with a deep desire to knead dough. 


So I woke up before Sam and began the process of making cinnamon rolls from scratch. The recipe that I use is only a one-rise and takes around 2 hours to make. 


While making these cinnamon rolls I felt the love and passion going into them, which is why I have decided to make this post in black and white. There’s a certain type of simplicity in kneading dough and cutting the rolls. It takes time, patience and love to create a delicious cinnamon roll. I was at a food demonstration last night where the chef said, “If you’re rushing while cooking then you probably shouldn’t be in a kitchen at all.” 



2 3/4 cups flour

3 tsbp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 1/4 tsp yeast

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup milk

2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter

1 large egg


3 tbsp unsalted butter

1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

*Note that I never follow the filling recipe. Sometimes I use more butter to make the filling more gooey, or I add more cinnamon or sugar. 

1.) In a large bowl mix together 2 1/4 cup of flour, sugar, salt and yeast together. Set aside.

2.) Heat water, milk and butter in microwave until butter is melted and mixture is hot to the touch. Stir butter mixture into flour mixture. Add the egg and some of the extra flour to make a soft dough. The dough will be ready when it gently pulls away from the side of the bowl. Knead for 4 minutes and let rest for 10. 

3.) After 10 minutes roll the dough out in a 14×8 rectangle. Spread melted butter on top and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top. Roll up dough tightly. Cut into even pieces and place in lightly greased 9” pie dish. 

4.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Lightly cover the rolls with foil, turn the oven off, and set them inside until they’ve doubled in size. (About 60 minutes.)

5.) Take the rolls out and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then bake them for 25-30 minutes. To prevent them from burning cover after 15 minutes. 

The Perfect Cinnamon Roll Icing:

1 stick unsalted butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tbsp milk

couple dashes of vanilla

1.) Melt the butter

2.) Add powdered sugar and stir well.

3.) Slowly add the milk and vanilla and mix well.


These cinnamon rolls would be a perfect addition to a weekend morning. 



Mrs.Hess, out.



5 thoughts on “Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

  1. these look delicious!! I think I will try them out for Christmas!! My question is though- will it make a huge difference if I use salted butter instead of unsalted?

    • Thank you Erin! Unsalted butter has a different density. When it comes to baking it makes things more fluffy and less greasy. Personally, I always make sure to splurge on my butter. It definitely makes a difference. =)

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