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A cinnamon roll topped with cream cheese icing on a white plate
Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Proving time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins

Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe with vanilla cream cheese icing, delicious and super fully rolls made from scratch with simple ingredients. These homemade cinnamon rolls are the best you can get with very little prep or effort.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet pastries recipe
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
For the dough
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp dried instant yeast
  • 4 tbsp sugar
For the filling
  • 4 tbsp butter, soften
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
For the icing
  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g cream cheese
  • 100 g icing sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  1. To make the dough, warm up the milk (just warm to the touch, not hot), add the yeast, a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of flour, and mix well.

  2. Set aside for 10 minutes until it becomes frothy.

  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, add the egg, yeast mixture, remaining sugar and melted butter.

  4. Knead well into a dough that is elastic and it does not stick to the hands - add more flour if necessary.

  5. Cover the bowl of dough with clingfilm and a clean tea towel, and leave to prove in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until it's double in size.

  6. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle, then spread the butter over, and sprinkle the mixed sugar and cinnamon.

  7. Roll the dough into a sausage, rolling it from bottom up, then use a sharp knife to cut it into 12 rolls.

  8. Line a baking tray with non-stick paper, then arrange the rolls making sure there is some gap between them.

  9. Cover the tray with a tea towel, and leave to prove again for maximum an hour, until the rolls have risen further and the gap between them is closed.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes.

  11. Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.

  12. To make the icing, add the sifted icing sugar and butter to a food processor together with the milk and vanilla extract.

  13. Mix until well combined, then add the cream cheese and mix again until really smooth.

  14. Spread the icing all over the rolls, then serve.

Recipe Notes
  • To see the measurements in cups and ounces, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients listed can be adjusted depending on the number of servings you need, just click on the number next to SERVINGS.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.