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These gooey cinnamon rolls are so very simple, before you know it (with a little patience), you’ll have a sweet, soft bread with buttery, cinnamon, with ooey-gooey centers topped with an amazing, fluffy Cinnabon frosting; a clone of a Cinnabon!

These are my signature rolls, people have been known to request them when we are coming for a breakfast or brunch. Soft, fluffy, stuffed with buttery cinnamon goodness; homemade cinnamon buns with a rich, creamy and easy cream cheese frosting.

If you love breakfast sweets as much as my readers (and my family) then you have to try these recipes; Pumpkin Honeybun Cake, Blueberry Crumble Cake and this simple Fall Breakfast Charcuterie Board; a grazers dream! And don’t forget this equally delicious Chocolate Stuffed Monkey Bread!

ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls in a pan slathered with frosting with a bowl of frosting nearby.

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“I can not say enough about this recipe!! I was skeptical. Nothing on Pinterest seems to ever turn out exactly like the pictures. These are absolutely incredible! Turned out EXACTLY like the pictures and recipe showed! My cinnamon rolls always have turned out dense and dry. I genuinely wasn’t hopeful. It was for Christmas morning and I had a back up plan in mind but these were pure perfection! These will now be a Christmas tradition in our family forever. After I cut them for the second rise i put them in the fridge to rise overnight. Set them out while everyone was opening presents. Then baked them while the table was being set for breakfast, coffee was being brewed and frosting was being whipped up. They are out of this world!”



Do you like funny stories? Well I’ve got a whopper for you, this one almost cost me my husband!

Brad and I had been dating about a year and a half and I was hoping and praying that he would soon ask me to marry him. One weekend, Easter weekend as a matter of fact, we had planned on going skiing for closing day at Vail.

The Story Behind Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

I was all good with that, was all ready to ski when he arrived, except he threw me a curve ball when he asked if I would pack an overnight bag, just in case we got snowed in. Yeah right, in April? Late April? “Wait”, I say with a rather panicked tone to my voice, “tomorrow is Easter, I have to be back tonight to start my cinnamon buns, I always bake cinnamon rolls for my family!”

Cinnamon rolls with ooey cream cheese frosting on a tray with candied bacon and tall glasses of fizzy punch.

He could see the look of terror on my face that he would even ask me this, I stammered and stumbled through the fact that we had to be back home that night, I couldn’t let my family down and not bring my ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls, Easter depended on it! I actually argued with him for awhile, seriously, what was wrong with me, I must not like last minute changes or something!

He naturally suggested we could just buy cinnamon buns the next morning if we did get stuck in the mountains. WHAT!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME, I don’t BUY cinnamon rolls…I could tell he must love me, A LOT! He took my “freaking out” and urged me to get my bag and we’d figure it out as we go.

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Image of a pan filled with soft, hot cinnamon buns covered in a thick layer of cream cheese cinnabon frosting.

An old-fashioned love story

What I didn’t realize was that my dear, sweet, gentle, kind-hearted, loving and wonderful soon-to-be-husband had called my Dad (in Florida) to ask his permission to marry his 35 year old daughter. AND he had driven all the way to Boulder (an hour) to ask my Mom the same thing. My whole family knew I was getting engaged and I was worried about not bringing cinnamon rolls!! Sheesh!

Pan of hot, soft cinnamon rolls with bowl of cream cheese frosting ready to be frosted.

Cinnamon Buns, An Engagement Story

He had planned to propose to me atop Vail mountain. Enter a freak spring snow storm that closed the mountain due to thunder and lightning. He spent the day trying to secretly rearrange all his plans to accommodate this twist! Our God has a great sense of humor!

That evening, after a lovely dinner, we traipsed through Lionshead. While tromping through heavy wet snow (over a foot) I started hearing the strains of a song being played. Specifically Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.”  I thought that was so sweet, but things still didn’t click.

Brad and Kathleen day after engagement the story about the cinnamon rolls almost breaking our engagement.

Brad said, how much he loved that song, as do I, it was kind of our song. He then walked me out to the bridge and with half dollar sized snowflakes gently falling, got down on one knee in that heavy, wet snow and said “I want to be your life-long companion — to love and serve the Lord alongside you — and to walk through this world with you…will you marry me?” By this time I had completely forgotten about my must-make cinnamon buns (finally!) and I said “YES!”

We were indeed snowed in as they had closed Vail pass and was I grateful for that change of clothes he insisted I bring. We showed up at my parents house with store bought cinnamon rolls in hand!!

For several years I continued to make my grandmother’s overnight cinnamon rolls (it has become the family joke), but now I’ve learned that you can make them the morning of, no overnight necessary!

Whatever you do, don’t let something as trivial as a favorite recipe or tradition alter your relationship with people, in the end it’s about the people, not the food!

Thanks for hanging with me through that story, I love engagement stories, each one is unique, I’d love to hear yours! But let’s get going on these wonderful ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls.

Holiday Cinnabon Clone cinnamon bun on a plate with sparkly lights behind.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Buns

Cinnabon Dough Recipe

  • WHOLE MILK | You can use other percentages, but I do love using whole milk.
  • BUTTER | no substitutions here
  • SUGAR | I use all-natural cane sugar in almost all of my baking
  • BREAD FLOUR | In a pinch, you can make with all-purpose flour, but bread flour will yield the most chewy, tender homemade cinnamon buns.
  • YEAST | Doesn’t matter if it’s fast acting or regular, package or jarred!
  • EGGS | If you need to bring to room temp, submerge in warm (not hot) water for 5-8 minutes.

Cinnamon Bun Filling

  • BROWN SUGAR | I use light brown sugar, but you could certainly use dark brown too, or a combo of brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  • CINNAMON | well they wouldn’t be cinnamon buns if you didn’t have cinnamon would they!
  • BUTTER | Use the real stuff here, nothing soft coming out of the fridge

Cinnabon Frosting

  • BUTTER | once again, use the real stuff here, not a place to skimp!
  • CREAM CHEESE | I use both regular or Neufchatel is fine (room temperature)
  • POWDERED SUGAR | The heart and sweetness of Cinnabon frosting
  • OTHER STUFF | Vanilla extract (ever make your own, a must try!), Salt (yup, just a pinch) and a little milk if needed.

How to make Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Step 1 | Heat Milk Base

Place your milk, room temp butter, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and heat on very low, stirring occasionally.

Heating to 120° F (49°C), careful it gets hot really fast, your butter might not be fully melted, that’s okay. If you get it too hot (greater than 130°F/54°C), just give it a couple minutes to cool down, you don’t want to scald your yeast.

Take out 2 additional sticks of butter and your cream cheese to soften while you are making your dough.

Melting butter and scalding milk in saucepan for homemade cinnamon rolls.

Step 2 | Make Dough

While your milk, sugar, butter mixture is heating, measure out 2 cups of the flour into the bowl of your mixer, add the yeast and mix gently.

Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the flour and yeast mixture, mixing on low. Note my full cup of coffee in the corner and a jar of marshmallow fluff, not sure what that was for! Must have been making Whoopie Pies later!

Pouring warm milk and butter mixture into yeast mixture.

Add room temperature eggs*  to the flour and milk mixture and the rest of your flour.

Once your dough is mixed thoroughly, replace your paddle attachment with the “J” hook and let it knead the dough for you, about 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

Don’t have a kneading hook? Place the dough on a floured surface and get your upper body workout in for the morning, kneading the dough for the same amount of time, tossing in a little more flour if it gets too sticky.

BAKING HACK | Forgot to take your eggs out of the fridge the night before, like I always do? No worries, run warm, not hot water into a bowl and place eggs in bowl to bring to room temp, takes about 5-7 minutes.

Cinnamon roll bread dough on J hook in mixer, being kneaded.

Step 3 | Rest Dough, Let Rise

Grease a bowl with a teaspoon of oil, using a paper towel spread oil around bowl, plop dough in and turn over covering dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for about 15 minutes to rest.

Warm rising spot? Preheat your oven on its lowest setting, then turn off oven. Place the dough in the now warm, but turned off oven. If your oven has a “proofing” setting, place on that setting and let rise for 15 minutes.

Cinnamon bun dough in bowl covered with plastic wrap, rising for 15 minutes.

Step 4 | Make Filling

Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork and set aside.

Once the dough has rested for about 15 minutes, place on a floured surface and roll out into roughly an 18 x 21 inch rectangle.

Rolling cinnamon bun dough on floured surface for cinnamon rolls.

Next spread the ½ cup softened butter, evenly onto the dough, I like using an offset spatula.

Spreading soft butter onto cinnamon roll dough with offset spatula.

Spread cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the top of the butter within about ½ inch of the edges.

UPDATE | I still make these as shown above, but sometimes, I melt the butter, combine with the cinnamon filling mixture and evenly spread the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture on the dough.

Cinnamon and brown sugar mixture spread evenly over the butter and dough for cinnamon rolls.

Starting with the long edge, roll tightly into a log.

Rolling from long edge into a tight cinnamon roll log.

Using a little water, rub along the edge of the dough and pinch edges together to get a good seal.

Pinching the seems together on cinnamon roll dough log.
  • Slice into 10-16 even rolls, if you want to get all perfectionistic you can measure your log.
  • I usually eyeball it and adjust if needed.
Preslice cinnamon roll log for even slicing.

Place in greased (buttered or non-stick spray) 9×13 pan or line with parchment paper, with space between each roll.

Cinnamon rolls before baking in pretty pan.

Cover with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap and return to that warm place to rise until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400° (375 if using a dark or glass pan), remove rolls before preheating. They have now doubled in size!

Risen cinnamon rolls ready to be baked.

Bake about 12-15 minutes, don’t over-bake, if anything under-bake slightly until risen and slightly golden.

Pan of baked cinnamon rolls hot out of the oven with frosting nearby.

How to make Cinnabon Frosting

In a large mixing bowl whip together butter, cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar, vanilla and pinch of sea salt; beating until smooth and fluffy, if needed add a teaspoon or so of milk or cream.

Smother over the tops of warm rolls, serve immediately. Or spread on rolls individually.

Pin with image of frosted cinnamon roll on red plate with candied bacon and oozing Cinnabon frosting a cream cheese frosting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start Cinnamon Rolls the night before?

YOU BET! Make the recipe up to the sliced roll stage, cover tightly with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator overnight. They will rise slowly, take out in the morning bringing to room temp and making sure they are doubled, preheat your oven and bake.

What type of flour is best for homemade Cinnamon buns?

Since you are making sweet bread, bread flour is best! Available at most grocery stores, bread flour will ensure your ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls are soft, fluffy with the perfect rise. However; in a pinch I’ve used all-purpose flour, and it still turns out well, maybe not as fluffy.

Can I refrigerate unbaked cinnamon roll dough?

Yes, they will continue to rise slowly in the refrigerator. Be sure to cover tightly with plastic wrap and bring to room temperature (at least 30-60 minutes) before baking.

Pan filled with soft, fluffy gooey cinnamon rolls with bowl of frosting close by.

Also great for Easter are these super easy, light and fluffy yeast rolls! Give them a whirl!

Bonus: Candied Bacon Recipe

Want to make a truly decadent treat? Add this simple and amazing Brown Sugar Bacon to your menu.

Candied bacon on pretty clear serving dish.

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil. Set an oven safe cooling rack inside the prepared pan and set aside.

In a shallow dish, place about ¼ cup brown sugar. Dredge thick bacon slices in the brown sugar and arrange the bacon on the rack. Bake in the preheated oven until crisp, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately.

You may also throw in a teaspoon of chili powder or a sprinkle of cayenne into the brown sugar, if you like a little heat.

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I hope you loved this incredible recipe for Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, it will become your favorite too!

Single Gooey Cinnamon Roll on a plate with a tray of frosting cinnamon rolls behind.

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Author: Kathleen Pope
4.46 from 90 votes
Tender, better than Cinnabon ooey and gooey Cinnamon Rolls dripping with brown sugary cinnamon insides and topped with this luscious cream cheese buttercream.
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Breakfast Sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 12 -16 rolls
Calories 400 kcal



  • 1 cup milk, whole is best
  • cup butter, room temperature (don’t substitute)
  • ½ cup all-natural cane sugar, or white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/4 cups bread flour, plus extra for rolling (may use AP Flour if necessary)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast , or one package
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature*


  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed, or combination of granulated and brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter, softened (don’t substitute)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, regular or neufatchel is fine (room temperature)
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons of milk or cream if needed, optional



  • Remove butter, eggs and cream cheese from fridge, allow to come to room temp for recipe.
  • Combine milk, butter, sugar and salt in small saucepan and on low, bring to about 120°. Careful it can go from warm to hot fast. If too hot (greater than 130 degrees), let sit until cools slightly. Butter may not be completely melted, that's okay.
  • While milk is warming, place 2 cups of bread flour and yeast into bowl of mixer and gently mix to combine.
  • Slowly pour in milk, butter, sugar mixture into flour and yeast mixture, mixing on low.
  • Add room temperature eggs and the remaining 2 ¼ cups of flour, mixing well to combine.
    *Forget to take your eggs out, place in bowl of warm (not hot) water for 5-7 minutes)
  • After mixing the eggs and all flour in well, replace paddle attachment with J hook for kneading, knead for 5-10 minutes on a low setting, until dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky (sticking to the sides of the bowl) after a few minutes, then add a tablespoon more of flour at a time, util it's tacky, but not sticky. The dough should be soft and smooth.
  • Don't have a kneading attachment, turn dough onto floured surface and knead for same amount of time.
  • Put a teaspoon of oil into a medium bowl and using a paper towel spread it all over the bowl. Plop your dough into bowl and turn to "grease" top and bottom, seal with plastic wrap and set in warm place for 15 minutes to rest. I set my oven on the proof setting at about 75 degrees. If no proof setting, turn your oven on to 100 let it preheat, then TURN OFF, then place dough inside for first resting.
  • Meanwhile, mix together packed brown sugar and cinnamon well in a small bowl, set aside. Or if desired, mix together very soft butter, sugar and cinnamon until it makes a spreadable paste. Sometimes I microwave for 20 seconds to make it easier to spread.
  • Once dough has rested, turn onto floured surface and roll out into 18×21 inch rectangle, roughly. Spread with ½ cup softened butter. Spread brown sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly, spreading to within ½ inch of the edges. Or if you combined cinnamon, sugar and butter, spread evenly over the dough.
  • Roll, from long side tightly and pinch edges to seal, using a little water on seams if needed. Cut into 10-16 evenly sized rolls and place in greased or parchment lined 9×13 pan. Cover with clean, damp tea towel (or plastic wrap) and allow to rise in warm place for about 45 minutes, until almost double.
  • Preheat oven to 400°, 375 if using a dark or glass pan. Bake rolls about 12-15 minutes until slightly golden. While baking or during rising time, make frosting.


  • Place butter, cream cheese in mixing bowl, blend until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar beating on low until incorporated, add vanilla and salt, blend until smooth. If needed add a teaspoon of milk or cream if too thick. Amount of powdered sugar depends on taste.
  • Smother warm rolls with frosting and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.


✱ Kathleen’s Tips

TIP: Forgot to take your butter out, try putting it in microwave for 8-10 seconds to soften. 
Need a warm place for the dough to rise? Preheat your oven on lowest temp and turn off before placing rolls in to rise, or if you have a proof setting on your oven use that. Be sure to remove your rolls prior to preheating your oven.
1 lb thick nitrite/nitrate free bacon
1/4 – 1/3 cup brown sugar
Cayenne or Chili Powder (optional)

Brown Sugar Sticky Bacon

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil. Set an oven safe cooling rack inside the prepared pan and set aside.
  2. In a shallow dish, place about ¼ cup brown sugar.
  3. Dredge the thick bacon slices in the brown sugar and arrange the bacon on the rack.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately.
  5. Optional | Mix in a teaspoon of chili powder or a sprinkle of cayenne if you like a little heat.


Make recipe up to second rise after slicing rolls. Place a piece of plastic wrap over pan tightly, place in fridge overnight until morning. When ready to bake, while oven is preheating, remove rolls from fridge for 30-60 minutes allowing to come to room temp and doubling in size. Bake as directed.
Freezing Rolls
Sometimes I don’t make up the entire pan. Place unused cinnamon rolls (dough) onto a parchment lined sheet and flash freeze for 1-2 hours. Remove and place in tightly sealed container or baggie, squeezing out as much air as possible.
When ready to bake, remove from freezer, placing in pan overnight (or at least 8 hours) in fridge, covered with sprayed plastic wrap. Remove from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature while preheating the oven. Remove plastic wrap and bake as directed. 
OR place in pan of frozen rolls in warm place (70-80 degrees) and allow to thaw and rise until doubled on counter, will take 6-8 hours. Bake as directed.


Serving: 1 roll Calories: 400 kcal Carbohydrates: 59 g Protein: 7 g Fat: 16 g Saturated Fat: 9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g Cholesterol: 64 mg Sodium: 215 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 32 g

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  1. I made this recipe and the 15 minute cook time is not what I had desired. So I left mine in for about 25 minutes instead and they came out perfect. This is a wonderful recipe but I personally like a cooked all the way through sweet roll not one that is only cooked on the top.

  2. 5 stars
    Hi, I am looking for an easy cinnamon roll recipe. This recipe looks like I would take a challenge having never made cinnamon rolls. Reviews are good, except the topic of grainy filling. This is all new to me, but I have a question. Can I put brown sugar and white sugar 50/50 or brown sugar alone in the food processor to make it fine or powered for finer filling? I’m thinking better filling ? Or no texture??
    I am considering adding the cinnamon to the sugars together in the food processor. Could the food processor reactivate grocery store cinnamon by crushing it? Better cinnamon flavor without spending extra on gourmet cinnamon?
    I am probably overthinking the filling, but I cannot afford practice runs.
    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.
    I appreciate your thoughts on trying this?

    1. I honestly do not think this recipe would be a challenge, it’s pretty basic as long as you follow the steps. I’ve never had my filling come out gritty or grainy. In answer to your question, I suppose you could put sugar in the food processor, but you might turn it into powdered sugar and then that would create new problems. These are the things I think you should make sure of:

      1. Make sure your brown sugar is fresh — old brown sugar is itself dry and grainy.
      2. It’s perfectly fine to combine brown and granulated sugar.
      3. Be sure to use real butter, it should be hard coming out of the fridge.
      4. I think you will be fine using whatever cinnamon you have.
      5. Don’t overwork the dough, you want it tacky but not sticky, it should pull away from the sides of the bowl when mixing.
      6. Make sure your yeast is fresh.
      7. Bread flour works the best for the softest and most tender rolls, you can use all-purpose flour but it won’t be as soft or tender.
      8. Make sure your oven is accurate, most ovens run 25-50 degrees hot or cold, it’s best to have an oven thermometer so you know how your oven runs.
      9. If baking in a glass pan or dark pan, this will impact the rolls, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees to adjust for these pans.

      Hope that helps! Let me know how they turn out!

    1. Janie, hopefully you saw my other reply, it means add the remaining flour, I’ll make that more clear, you may need to add a bit more flour or a bit less, you want the dough tacky and smooth, but not overly sticky. It shouldn’t stick the the sides of the bowl as it kneads. Merry Chrimstas.

  3. 4 stars
    Had to add an extra roughly 1/2 cup of flour to remotely get it not sticky, probably because I weigh it out. Also was only able to use like 75% of the cinnamon filling to not worry about it being grainy like a comment had happen. Waiting on the rise. Fingers cross

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made cinnamon rolls for 10 years and worked in a professional bakery. These are DELICIOUS and DELIGHTFUL. They are easy, gooey, sweet and everything a cinnamon rolls should be. Lots of cinnamon flavor , perfect texture. Literally the stuff of dreams. MAKE THEM. Easy to follow recipe! Don’t over bake or over work dough- it will be sticky at first. Don’t add more flour or you’ll get a dense roll. I used my oven to proof and it made it so easy. No other recipe needed.

  5. 5 stars
    This is hands down the best Cinnamon Rolls I’ve ever made on the planet! Everyone in my family went crazy over them! It’s now a staple in my house haha! Thankyou for sharing this fantastic recipe !

  6. 5 stars
    Love how these turn out. Everyone that tries them says they are the best they ever had.

    Am I able to freeze these before the second rise to make them even further a head of time if needed?
    Freeze, put in the fridge for a day, then rise to room temperature?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Sabrina, So glad that everyone loves them! Always makes me smile, thank you!

      I have tried freezing, but before the first rise and they haven’t turned out so good, that being said, maybe after the first rise but before the second rise might work just fine! If you try it, definitely let them thaw overnight in the fridge, then rise at room temp — please let me know how it turns out!

  7. 5 stars
    Such a sweet love story! We prefer a 50/50 brown & white sugar mix, and let them rise overnight. Perfect for a weekend morning treat!

  8. 5 stars
    This was the best love story! Love of cinnamon rolls and love of a sweet husband! You made the right choice by purchasing the rolls but I’m with you and am very serious about my cinnamon rolls! Great story and great recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I’m making these right now! Lol
    I was wondering if I could use gluten free bread flour and they turn out about the same or would I need to add something else??

    1. Good morning Kelsey — I have had fairly good luck using gluten free in some recipes, but I haven’t tried in this recipe, I would definitely use a flour that does not have Xanthan gum in it, which I believe a bread flour would not have. Let me know how it turns out!

  10. 5 stars
    After reading comments, I mixed the filling sugar as half brown and half granulated white and had no problem. I sent some to work with my husband and now his coworkers are begging me to make more so it was a hit!

  11. Not like Cinnabon. These come out much more like between a potato roll and a croissant. They do not end up gooey in the middle like Cinnabon. This is because there is too much flour and the rise is not long enough. Your better off waiting more like 2 hours. And bake at 325 for 15 minutes. When you can put a toothpick in and it still draws dough out bake for 1 minute more. Then remove from over. And let rest for 15 minutes with pan covered with tinfoil to retain the heat and moisture and allow the center to finish cooking. Otherwise it over cooks them and they will not be what you expect.

    A note on the cinnamon. IT IS NOT REGULAR CINNAMON!! Cinnabon uses a cinnamon only from Indonesia called makara. It is unique because unlike regular cinnamon which floats with Water. Makara cinnamon absorbs the water and becomes the thick paste like cinnamon in a Cinnabon.

    This is key if you want to get even close to a Cinnabon taste.

    The frosting is 3 ingredients. Cream cheese, confection sugar and butter. (Margarine is used for the cinnamon filling above). Butter is used for the frosting.

  12. I made these but the brown sugar did not melt, it was like eating sand rolled up in the dough. Are they supposed to be like that or did something go wrong?

    1. Hi Sue, Okay, let’s try and figure out why? It definitely shouldn’t taste like sand in the middle and not sure that has every happened to me.

      Did you spread butter to the inside of the cinnamon rolls or mix your brown sugar with butter?
      Did you use real butter or a blend or replacement?
      Did you use natural brown sugar? I find it is more coarse than regular brown sugar, same with dark brown sugar.

      Those are the only things I can think of, sometimes we have to do a bit of digging to figure out why it didn’t work.

    2. @Kathleen Pope,
      I did use real butter, spread it on the inside and added the cinnamon and brown sugar on top of the butter. Did I do that wrong? I did use light brown sugar, not natural brown sugar. I did not use the dark brown as I don’ t care for the taste. Thank you for getting back to me, as I love cinnamon rolls and the icing is awesome!

      1. I am not positive why that happened to you Sue, my only recommendations would be to pre-mix the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together and then spread the mixture on the dough. Be sure to let them rise until double and bake until puffy and golden. You might try placing a sheet of foil on them the last 10 minutes or so to help “melt” the brown sugar. But I am stumped as to why it turned out sandy? Let me know if you figure it out!

    1. Hi Kayla,

      I do use salted butter, for about 95% of my recipes and in this one definitely, because it’s what I have on hand. If you are really sensitive to salt though, you might try reducing it, or using unsalted butter and adding a little salt. Thanks for asking.

      Have a lovely day,

  13. Ok im making this now but i have a question.. For the flour you 4-4 1/4 cups flour… I did do 2 cups and than another 2 cups so total of 4 cups. Is that right..ty

    1. @Kathleen Pope, thank you for getting back to me.. I did only add 4 cups and i was praying i was right. I forgot to take out creamcheese so im letting that set out.. I did try the end peice of the cinnamon bun its very soft and good. I have a amish book that also has a good recipe in it for cinnamon buns buts its pack away.. Thank you for this recipe ill be making it again.i give it a 10 its a must try and not hard to make..

      1. Aww, thank you, you made my month Edith! You can always remove the foil and microwave the cream cheese for a few seconds if you want to rush things along! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Glad my recipe could stand in the place until you find your other one!

        Thanks again, happy baking!

  14. In your overnight instructions for the Cinnamon Cinnamon Rolls you have prepare up to second rise and cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Then remove from oven( I think you mean refrigerator). This might confuse novice baker’s.

    1. Hi Susan,

      I don’t think that is the case, many people choose to make comments but don’t leave a review or say they made the recipe, I have quite a few from Pinterest who have made the recipe, hopefully my own tips are helpful to you in giving this recipe a stab, then you can come back and make a comment to help others.

      I do hope you will give it a try, it’s a winner for our family and has been for decades. A gal on Pinterest recently said, she let them rise in the fridge overnight AND also made them another time just in the morning and she felt the texture was better on those that rose overnight. Hope that helps!

      Happy baking, Kathleen

  15. 5 stars
    I can not say enough about this recipe!! I was skeptical. Nothing on Pinterest seems to ever turn out exactly like the pictures. These are absolutely incredible! Turned out EXACTLY like the pictures and recipe showed! My cinnamon rolls always have turned out dense and dry. I genuinely wasn’t hopeful. It was for Christmas morning and I had a back up plan in mind but these were pure perfection! These will now be a Christmas tradition in our family forever. After I cut them for the second rise i put them in the fridge to rise overnight. Set them out while everyone was opening presents. Then baked them while the table was being set for breakfast, coffee was being brewed and frosting was being whipped up. They are out of this world!

  16. What a beautiful story! I just loved every bit of it. I love these cinnamon rolls too! They’ve become my family’s favorite too. They’re soft, tender, and delicious.

  17. These cinnamon rolls look so mouth-watering and absolutely amazing! Ooey gooey for sure and I bet they make the house smell amazing while they bake.

  18. 5 stars
    I made these this morning for brunch. My, oh my!!! They turned out beautifully and absolutely scrumptious! Everyone loved them, including one of my friends who is receiving chemo treatment at present.Thank you for sharing your recipes! I look forward to trying many more in the future!

  19. Love your engagement story… You argue! Never! The cinnamon rolls look amazing. I can’t wait to make them at our house. Happy Easter!