Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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My wife likes to tell people that after I retired, I went from being the breadwinner to the bread baker! It all started with a bread-making class nearby community college. Now my breads and rolls are favorites of friends and family.—Ben Middleton, Walla Walla, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins or dried currants
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in water. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 110°-115°; add to yeast mixture. Stir in 3 cups flour, eggs, salt and remaining sugar. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll each half into a 15-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Brush with softened butter. Combine the cinnamon, sugar and raisins or currants; sprinkle evenly over rectangle. Roll up tightly, jelly-roll style, starting with the long side. Slice each roll into 12 pieces. Place in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans for 5 minutes; invert onto a wire rack. Frost with icing if desired. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Cinnamon Rolls in Taste of Home April/May 1993, p47

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kiba258 User ID: 5980690 1045
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"I added a bit more of the filling, and now when I ask my family what they want me to make this is always one of the requests"

gail de rosa User ID: 5392275 1297
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"these were the best cinnamon buns ever"

Dannysngirl User ID: 4510201 1044
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"My husband took these along to work one time and since then his bosses and co workers keep asking for them over and over again!"

eremia6322 User ID: 2981464 1584
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"Very soft and yummy! I only used 5 cups flour and for the frosting I used powder sugar and some of the filling melted."

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