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Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls

The secret to these rolls is the brown sugar sauce they're baked in. I serve them as dinner rolls as well as for special breakfast treat.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    15 rolls


  • DOUGH:
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add the remaining sugar and water, butter, egg, salt and 1-1/2 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn 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.
  • Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients; pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan; set aside. Combine filling ingredients; set aside.
  • Punch dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 15x8-in. rectangle; spread filling over dough. Roll up from the long side. Seal seam. Slice into 15 rolls; place with cut side down over topping. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 3 minutes; invert pan onto a serving plate.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 321 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Bruce
    Nov 28, 2019

    We all have hoped we could find the Cinnamon Roll that our Mothers made, this recipe comes the closest. ENJOY!!

  • deannasnz
    Jun 11, 2012

    So good! This recipe is just about perfect.

  • Blue Iris
    Oct 10, 2011

    No comment left

  • donordoug
    Jun 30, 2011

    These were really fluffy and delicious cinnamon rolls. I didn't have whipping cream, so I substituted with vanilla icecream. In order to compesate for the extra sweet in the icecream, I reduced the brown sugar to 2/3 cups. The brown sugar-ice cream sauce was a really nice touch. Next time, I will hopefully have whipping cream handy and try it according to the original recipe. I will definately add this to my favorite list and make again.