Mmmmm….cinnamon rolls

I do my best baking when the girls have sleepovers.  Any other Saturday morning, you can usually find me snuggled under a blanket with a child or two with a warm cup ‘o joe.  (Unless I’m already out at the soccer field or at the volleyball courts which has also been known to happen ~also, with a warm cup ‘o joe.)

This morning my daughter and her friend Maddie requested cinnamon rolls.  I went to my trusted source, The Pioneer Woman, but she makes the real deal which requires lots of time spent waiting for the dough to rise.  So I googled “EASY cinnamon rolls” which took me to this website:

Within 2 hours, I had baked yummy gooey cinnamon rolls, eaten one of the delectable delights, and cleaned up all the dishes.  Oh I lie; I lie, lie, lie.  The dishes are still sitting in the sink!  But seriously, from start to licking-my-fingers-finish, this just took a little over an hour.

Mmmmm….cinnamon rolls


  • You will need 8 Tablespoons of butter, divided throughout this recipe. Melt the whole stick ahead of time (45 seconds in the microwave!) to save yourself time.
  • Cinnamon Roll Dough Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (I put a little over 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl and added milk until it made this amount. Let it sit for at least 5 min. and voila! buttermilk!)
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon Sugar Filling Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup packed sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Melt 8 T. of butter.
  3. Brush bottom and sides of 9inch cake pan with 1 T. of butter.
  4. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Combine buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  6. Add liquids to dry ingredients and mix well. If it gets a little too sticky, add a little flour. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
  7. Flour your work surface and roll out dough into approx. 9×12 rectangle.
  8. Brush the dough with 2 Tablespoons of the melted butter.
  9. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the dough, leaving 1/2 in. border around the edge. Gently press into dough
  10. Begin rolling the dough with the longer side, trying to roll it as tightly as you can to keep in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  11. Once rolled up, cut into 8 equal pieces and set inside greased cake pan.
  12. Brush the tops with remaining melted butter.
  13. Bake for 25-28 minutes.
  14. While rolls bake, mix cream cheese frosting ingredients together until smooth.
  15. When cinnamon rolls are done, let them sit for 5 minutes or so before spreading on frosting.

I know this recipe may seem a bit daunting, but really it’s not.  The directions are more of a guideline.  Your cinnamon roll will probably not be rolled up super tight and you will have a mess of cinnamon, sugar, flour, dough, etc. all over the counter (and possibly your floor, ahem) but they will still taste delicious!  I don’t even have a rolling pin; I used a wine bottle (somehow I have a few of those).  And even with all these distractions (aka kids) around, I had these rolls in the oven within 30 minutes.

TOTALLY worth the mess.  I WILL be making these again! Quite possibly, at the next sleepover. 😉



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