Monday, October 7, 2013

stupid good quick cinnamon rolls

I think I gave my husband diabetes when I made these. He ate 4 in about 10 minutes. I've tried a few different recipes and I think this one takes the cake, er, roll....

Anyway, for a cinnamon roll, they are fast to make. Just over an hour. Not bad, right? I found the recipe here and she has an divine looking variation on the recipe for caramel apple cinnamon rolls. I'm dying to try them! Get ready, Mr. G!

For convenience, the recipe is below. 



1 C milk (whole would be awesome)
1/4 C butter
3 1/2 C all-purpose flour, divided 
1/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 envelope instant yeast, or 2 1/4 tsp
1 egg


1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
3 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 C butter complete softened (not melted)

Cream Cheese Icing:

1/2 butter, softened
1/4 cream cheese
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp milk (if needed)


Combine milk and 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. If needed, let the milk mixture sit for a few minutes until it is warm but not hot.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir by hand to combine. Add the egg and milk mixture, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating after each addition until incorporated. When the dough begins to form a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, you have added enough flour (I used all 3 1/2 cups). Continue beating for 5 minutes on medium-low speed (speed 2 on the KitchenAid). Remove the dough hook and cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your filling by mixing together sugars and cinnamon in a bowl until combined.

When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured work surface. Then use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 14 x 9 inches in size. (If you want all edges to be even, you can use a pizza slicer to cut the dough into a perfect rectangle, but that's a little OCD for my taste). Use a knife or pastry spatula (or fingers) to spread the softened 1/2 cup of butter out evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Then sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture (use all of the mixture! It's what makes these so tasty!)
(My stupid blurry iPhone....)
Beginning at the 14-inch edge, tightly roll up the dough. And then give the final seam a little pinch so that it seals. Use a piece of dental floss* to "cut" off the two ends of the roll (just a centimeter or so) so that they are even. Then cut the remaining dough into 11 or 12 equal pieces. (11 rolls seem to fit in a pie plate, while 12 rolls fit in a rectangular pan. I had a few more than 12).
(*To cut dough with dental floss, simply break off a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Then very carefully slide the middle of the floss under the dough to the place where you want to "cut". Then pull the ends of the floss up and cross over the top of the dough. Then give a quick tug to literally cut all the way through the dough. This is the best method for not squishing your dough while cutting it -- although the standard knife method still works too.)

Place each of the cut cinnamon rolls into a greased pie plate or 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Then cover again with a damp towel, and leave the dish in a warm place to rise for 25 minutes. 

While the dough is rising, make the icing (instructions below).
When the rolls have risen, uncover the dish. Then place on the center rack of the oven and bake at 350 degrees F 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. Drizzle with your desired icing and serve.

Icing Directions:
Either in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, or a mixing bowl, beat softened butter and cream cheese together until combined. Then beat in powdered sugar until combined. If the icing is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk to thin.


  1. WOW!!!!!!! FANTASTIC!!!!!!EASY!!!!!!!GOOD THE NEXT DAT!!!!!! wasn't so sure at first about the dough. then I realized rainy day would probably need more flour. this dough was beautiful. great to handle, smooth, not all elastic. rolls were amazing. I have been informed by 4 adults and 5 kids not to change a thing. thanks so much.

  2. Wow! I made two batches. Had to change to cake flour because I did not have plane flour and I leave in the country.... Cake flour works great if you add 1/4 cup 3 3/4 cups of cake flour.... I left them in glass dish and cooled 5 mins to frost. Dough was beautiful easy to handle.... but I did not use dental floss to cut. Will try that next time if I have time to practice. Hot rolls were great and all gone.... Yea
    I may soften butter more to make it easier to spread.... not melted but just thickened more than soft.....

    1. That spelling is bad for anyone, but especially for a teacher!

  3. Made these cinnamon rolls tonight and loved them! I liked how quickly you can get them made! My rolls took longer than the 25 minutes to rise but that is probably due to the cold weather making my house a little chilly! Lol :) Great recipe - Thanks!

  4. In the first paragraph it says to melt the butter and milk together. In the 2nd paragraph it says "add the egg and milk mixture". But it never instructed to mix the egg with the milk. When do you add the egg?

    1. You and the egg. And you add the milk mixture. They are 2 different things, added at the same time.