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Special Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Special Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Reveals Brenda Deveau of Van Buren, Maine, "I found that adding instant pudding mix to my mom's delicious roll recipe really enhances the flavor."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add next seven ingredients; mix well (do not knead). Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 2. Punch down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 12x8-in. rectangle; brush with butter. Combine filling ingredients; spread over dough. Roll up from long side; seal seam. Slice each roll into 12 rolls; place cut side down in two greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, 45 minutes.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over rolls. Cool in pans on wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 364 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268293
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2017

"Nothing taste better than cinnamon roll in the morning. This recipe is the one I use most often. TheyAre so good!"

pam2310 User ID: 4231098 253215
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"I used a serrated bread knife the cut the rolls. Better than using flossing string to cut them. They were delicious!!!!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 5086
Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"These rolls definitely are more than worthy of the time it takes to make. WONDERFUL!! Ought to be rated **10**, at least."

dawne3309 User ID: 7629116 9114
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"just finished making these they came out wonderful easy recipe to follow the only thing i changed was i used cinnamon and sugar and canned apple pie filling for the filling make sur you spread the pie filling very thinly so the dough doesn't get gooey"

antadaall User ID: 5206252 7591
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"These are super easy and very delicious. My daughter and I made them. We had a great time and everyone really liked them. The bread raises beautifully. They had a crisp crust on the outside and soft, melt-int-your mouth inside."

kshea User ID: 2698812 8676
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"Instead of using raisins, next time I will use

dried cranberrys and dried cherries. My rolls really rose up high! Great!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 9133
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"These were tasty! I cut up dried cherries and added them with the raisens. Great!"

TEEDEE43 User ID: 5728146 8609
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"These Cinnamon Rolls are really great!!! I did substitute applesauce for the oil and used Splenda for 1/2 of the sugar called for in the dough and in the filling. One question, why are you "not" to knead the dough? I've been baking for 46 years and the cinnamon roll recipes, always have you knead the dough. Does someone know the answer.

Anyway, these are great and I will make them again, this weekend, I hope."

P M Finan User ID: 2822923 7590
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I've made these cinnamon rolls for years and they are the best! Large and delicious."

valeriejsoares User ID: 6400595 9111
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"This recipe is DELICIOUS! Usually the first time I bake something it's a fail, but this one turned out on the first try. :) Although, I have to say swapped the filing for one that was just basically creamy cinnamon and sugar, just because we don't really like nuts. :) My husband requests this all the time!"

toots1944 User ID: 614913 7572
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I have been making these ever since they came out in Taste of home the first time...I have made them a lot and every time they have turned out great"

Lois56 User ID: 478536 14500
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"So simple and so good."

pcronk User ID: 1376127 10129
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I didn't have vanilla pudding mix so I subbed in butterscotch instead and added a bit of maple syrup to the glaze. YUM! I liked not having to knead the dough and the rolls still rose and baked up beautifully."

cook1203 User ID: 3827334 3420
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Have made these many times - love 'em. The recipe cuts in half easily if there's just 2 people in the household."

grammadebby User ID: 1015752 14514
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

"Love these rolls! They have great flavor and they are easy to make."

Flora Colboch User ID: 2415324 9810
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"I love how they are so easy to make. They are the best when just out of the oven. Because it makes 2 pans you can keep one and give one away (if your family will let you)

I like them for Easter the bread rising reminds me how Jesus rose from the dead just to save us from our sins."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 17890
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"two thumbs up! I make alot of yeast recipes and this is a keeper."

amarieal User ID: 4440998 7571
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"My family loved this. The pudding does make a difference and it was easy to make!"

airforce1 User ID: 1865411 9807
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"These cinnamon roll have so much flavor, the pudding makes all the difference. I tried them out on four teenagers and received thumbs up all around."

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