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Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

This is the best recipe I have found for cinnamon rolls. They're so tender with a delightful vanilla flavor and yummy frosting. When I serve them to my family, they disappear in no time. —Linda Martin, Warsaw, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:32 servings


  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft set; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1/2 cup butter, eggs, sugar, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add pudding; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • 3. Turn onto a 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.
  • 4. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into an 18-in. x 11-in. rectangle; brush with remaining butter. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • 5. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Cut each into 16 slices. Place cut side down in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 6. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 7. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream and butter. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Beat in confectioners' sugar with a hand mixer until creamy. Frost warm rolls. Serve warm. Yield: 32 rolls.

Nutritional Facts

1 cinnamon roll: 252 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 178mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Cookie Crumble User ID: 6901439 100403
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"These are fantastic, very soft and yummy! I doubled the filling and added a little more butter in the center, going all the way to the edge. I also doubled the icing."

khegeman User ID: 2379383 154426
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"My kids loved them, but I did not care for the frosting. The brown sugar in the frosting, makes it over powering."

edy4040 User ID: 1809661 156043
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Sounds great! Can I use the bread maker to knead the dough?"

Manderso1058 User ID: 4422716 170538
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"Best cinnamon rolls I've ever had, ever. I was very new to making yeast breads and it still worked for me, even if they weren't the prettiest the first couple of times. The amazing taste and icing MORE than make up for the looks if they don't turn out perfectly the first time."

Osum User ID: 602610 154425
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"One of the best and easiest cinnamon bun recipes I've tried. I've made these a dozen times or more and everyone loves them. The dough is so light and easy to work with. If you don't want them too sweet, halve the frosting recipe.

Awesome in my books!"

apronlove User ID: 5095810 109099
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"I made it for company and it was an absolute hit. It was so moist and soft, and it melts in your mouth! One caution though: I suggest not drizzling too much frosting on it _that is, don't cover it). We found them to be a bit oversweet that way. Overall though, a definate keeper."

krystaljoy User ID: 4390151 134632
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"loved this recipe so moist"

KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 156042
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"My brother made this recipe for my family and we ALL fell in love with it...PERFECTLY moist and scrumptious :)"

e3e58q8f User ID: 812337 82052
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

"Love this recipe easy to do. I also tried banana pudding was great"

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