Did you know that the cinnamon roll that we know and love today has been around for centuries?
Cinnamon rolls originated in Sweden and were brought to the United States by German and Swedish immigrants in the 17th century.
Since then, this ooey gooey pastry has become a favorite among people around the US and the world, and for a good reason! Cinnamon rolls are sweet, dense, buttery, and perfect to satisfy a craving.
So, if your mouth is already watering and you want to learn how to make the best cinnamon rolls right at home, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for a simple yet delightful cinnamon roll recipe you’ll love.
Gather Your Ingredients
To make the world’s best cinnamon rolls at home, you’ll first need to gather these ingredients:
- 3/4 cup of lukewarm milk (it is best to use whole milk or 2%, but you can use any milk of your choice, including plant-based options)
- 1/4-ounce package of quick rise yeast
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- One whole egg plus one egg yolk (make sure to take them out of the fridge before starting the recipe so that they are at room temperature)
- 1/4 cup of butter (melted) for the dough, 1/4 cup of butter (softened) for the filling, and 3 tbsp of butter (softened) for the frosting
- 3 cups of bread flour, plus some extra for kneading and working the dough (this is the secret, superpower ingredient, so make sure you don’t get any other type of flour)
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 4 oz of cream cheese
- 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
Got all of these ingredients at home? Great, let’s start the recipe by preparing the dough.
How to Make the Perfect Dough
The first step to creating the ultimate cinnamon rolls is to heat your milk to about 110 degrees F. Overheating it can change the outcome of the buns, so be very diligent about following this step.
Then, transfer it to an electric mixer bowl and add your quick-rise yeast. Add the granulated sugar, melted butter, a whole egg, and egg yolk. Mix all of these ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.
Once they are, proceed by adding your flour and salt. To avoid making a mess, add your flour little by little and gently stir until the mixture forms a dough.
Then, use your stand mixer to knead your dough on medium speed for around 7-8 minutes. If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can use your hands and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes.
After the dough is ready, shape it into a little ball and put it inside an oiled bowl. After this process, the dough should be a little sticky but not unmanageable. If it’s sticking everywhere, add a little more bread flour.
Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap, and add a warm towel on top. Let the dough rise for around 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
Forming Your Cinnamon Rolls
Once the dough has been rested and is nice and fluffy, transfer it to a floured surface, and roll it out, forming a rectangle. Then, brush the 1/4 cup of melted butter on top, and sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon. Using your hands, gently tap on the sugar and cinnamon, so the mixture sticks to the butter.
If you like your cinnamon rolls to have some crunch and additional flavors, you can chop some nuts of your choice and sprinkle them on top of the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Similarly, many people like to add raisins or dates to the filling or other spices such as pumpkin spice to spruce up the recipe. Whatever you choose, your cinnamon rolls are bound to turn out AMAZING.
After the filling and your desired toppings (if any) have been added to the dough, tightly roll it up and cut it into 1-1.5 inch sections. Place each cinnamon roll into a well-oiled baking pan, and cover it with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Let it rest for another half hour to allow the buns to rise even more before popping them into the oven.
Finally, remove the towel and plastic wrap, and bake the cinnamon rolls at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
Allow them to cool down while you prepare the world’s best cinnamon roll icing!
How to Make the Best Icing
The secret to making the best cinnamon roll icing is to keep it simple. This recipe is pretty much foolproof and will add a creamy and sweet aspect to the already mouthwatering buns you’ve baked.
To make it, add cream cheese (4 oz), vanilla extract (1 tsp), softened butter (3 tbsp), and powdered sugar (3/4 cup) to a bowl. Using an electric mixer, combine ingredients until the texture resembles that of frosting.
If the icing is too thick, you can add a little bit of milk. On the other hand, if the frosting comes out too thin, you can add more cream cheese or powdered sugar. However, if you stick to the measurements on this recipe, your icing should come out perfect every time.
After you get your desired texture, add the icing to your freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Make the World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls at Home!
Now that you know how to make the world’s best cinnamon rolls right at home, you will always have the perfect breakfast treat on hand! Not only are these cinnamon rolls perfectly sweet, but they are also ooey and gooey enough to satisfy all of your cravings.
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