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Favorite Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

I serve these yummy frosted rolls warm from the oven as a Christmas morning treat at our house. Even if you are not accustomed to working with yeast dough, you'll find this dough is easy to handle. —Julie Sterchi, Jackson, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
  • 2-1/2 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk


  • In a large bowl, combine 4 cups flour, cake mix, yeast and warm water until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 14x10-in. rectangle. Brush with butter; sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Cut each roll into 12 slices; place cut side down in two greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 20 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost warm rolls.
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  • Colly
    Jan 20, 2021

    I've made these & they were OK, but if you're going to go to the trouble of making yeast cinnamon rolls why wreck them with a cake mix. It's just as easy to make regular yeast rolls without the cake mix & they taste better.

  • Mary
    Apr 19, 2020

    Is the 3 pkgs. of yeast correct?

  • Haptowns
    Feb 2, 2019

    The dough is a dream, easy to put together, had high hopes but taste was not there. If these are your favorite cinnamon rolls you live a sheltered life. It makes two dozen rolls, I threw out 18 of them and we forced ourselves to eat the other 6.

  • ms11145
    Jan 1, 2018

    One of my favorite cinnamon roll recipes as it is super easy to stir up. I absolutely love the cake mix in these. I did add more sugar and cinnamon .

  • LisaMuhlenburg
    Sep 16, 2016

    I have made these many times and they come out great. I have given this recipe to people who don't use yeast well and they have told me that they are not as scare of yeast now.

  • T-cher
    Dec 6, 2015

    These were made for the first time on Thanksgiving morning. They took three hours from start to finish, but the finished results were WELL worth the time! They were delicious!

  • ferndale52
    Jun 28, 2014

    the concept of using cake mix was good, the color was nice, the dough was light and fluffy, the taste however was a little disappointing.

  • tinklmom
    May 24, 2014

    These are the absolute easiest and best tasting cinnamon rolls I have ever made and my cinnamon roll guests loved them. I used Butter Pecan cake mix. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  • Mswcath
    May 19, 2014

    We have made these twice and everyone who ate them have said they are some of the best home made cinnamon rolls they have ever had. I like to add cream cheese frosting to them but they are sweet enough to eat without it

  • rivergulch
    Jan 5, 2014

    This were excellent. I did add some cream cheese to the frosting mix and gave it a nice touch.