A warm cinnamon roll screams Saturday morning breakfast. They can be fluffy or flaky, delicate or substantial, dainty or big. Apart from the fact that they're a spiral-shaped baked good with cinnamon and butter rolled up in them, it's tough to say what distinguishes them. It's also difficult to determine which one is best.
Since 2018, our team of cinnamon roll experts, at the World's Best Cinnamon Rolls, have traveled extensively throughout America to find the elusive World's Best Cinnamon Roll.
2018 - Scratch in Kansas City, Missouri
2019 - Maialino in New York City
2020 - Master's Hand in Tekamah, Nebraska
2021 - Mrs. Powells Bakery in Idaho Falls, Idaho
So we set out to find the answer again.... once and for all. Who has the World's Best Cinnamon Rolls! Recommendations from around the world took us to Chicago, Illinois!
We started with one of Chicago's most beloved bakeries, Kanela Breakfast Club. This Wicker Park spot is known for its light, airy pastries - perfect for summer days. The cinnamon rolls here are no exception. They're made with a brioche dough that's been rolled thin and filled with a generous amount of cinnamon sugar. The result is a roll that's crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Look no further than Kanela in Chicago if you're searching for the greatest cinnamon rolls on earth. This wonderful bakery has a long list of accolades and is adored by the press.
Here are just a few of the many national publications that have recently praised Kanela for having the finest breakfast or best cinnamon rolls:
Kanela was recently chosen by Travel + Leisure magazine as the "World's Best Cinnamon Rolls." Fresh dough, cream cheese frosting, and a generous amount of cinnamon are used to make their delectable cinnamon rolls.
This year, we are proud to announce that the winner of the World's Best Cinnamon Roll is Kanela Breakfast Club in Chicago, Illinois. What sets Kanela apart from all the other cinnamon rolls we've tried over the past five years and thousands of miles of traveling is their use of fresh ingredients. The dough is made with buttermilk and butter, and they use only the freshest cinnamon. The result is a cinnamon roll that is light and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness.
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We've scoured the country and driven thousands of miles in search of the World's Best Cinnamon Rolls! Our quest for the perfect combination of cinnamon, sugar, and frosting is always evolving.
How did we determine the best cinnamon rolls in the world? A combination of factors played into our panel's decision. Online reviews on Facebook, Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor played a significant role in determining who really has the best cinnamon roll in the world. The final determination always comes down to taste and overall experience.
So, let’s talk about the qualities of a great cinnamon roll, The World's Best Cinnamon Roll in fact! The dough itself should be lightly sweetened but full of flavor — yeasty, buttery, maybe even a little tangy. The filling should have a punch of cinnamon and be sticky with brown sugar and butter. And the icing? It better be ooey-gooey, not too sweet, but very lush and never overtly almondly.
Yes, we’re asking a lot from the World's Best Cinnamon Roll, but considering most folks only order them a few times a year, finding the World's Best Cinnamon Roll that checks all of these boxes is absolutely essential.
We know that this list will change regulary — we just have to keep searching for it. So we tested hundreds if not thousands of the most popular restaurants and bakeries we have access to. I’m happy to report that after testing all the doughs, fillings, and icings, we've discovered the very best cinnamon rolls in the world and happy to share them with you!
Congratulations to Master's Hand, our 2020 World's Best Cinnamon Roll award winner!
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Master's Hand is located in a sleepy town of 1,700 people in northeast Nebraska. Master's Hand is no stranger to national recognition and has quickly amassed a long list of awards, accolades and television appearances. The cinnamon rolls at Master's Hand are as big as the personality of Susie Robison, the owner. One look at her company's Facebbok page, you'll understand what we mean!
We sampled this legendary cinnamon roll in person with a warm house-brewed coffee. The cinnamon was warmed up slightly. The dough itself was lightly sweetened but full of flavor — yeasty, buttery, maybe even a little tangy. The filling had a punch of cinnamon and was sticky with brown sugar and butter. And the icing? The icing was warm, ooey-gooey, not too sweet, and didn't have have a distracting almond or vanilla after taste.
It was literally love at first bite. We quickly recall the hundreds of online reviews about their cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. In an instant we realized they were all true. This cinnamon roll was made with the midwesterner in mind.
The next time you're passing through Nebraska, be sure to stop by Master's Hand in Tekamah! Won't be passing through anytime soon? Click the link below to order cinnamon rolls!
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