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Soft Cinnamon Rolls

The best soft cinnamon rolls!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, breakfast, cinnamon
Servings: 12 rolls
Author: Amanda (Paint the House Pink)



  • 1 c milk (warm - 110F)
  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 5 tbs white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • cooking oil spray


  • 1/2 c loosely packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbs butter (melted)


  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 3-6 tbs water (as needed to thin out the icing)


  • Heat oven to 200 F
  • Combine warm milk with melted butter, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl (like for a stand mixer)
    Let stand for 10 mins until frothy
  • Add in the whisked egg to the milk mixture
    Add in exactly 3 1/2 cups flour, salt
    Mix in a stand mixer with a dough hook until a soft dough forms (will be sticky!)
  • Turn out into a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (~2 mins)
  • Lightly coat a large bowl with cooking oil spray and transfer ball of dough to the new bowl, turning once to cover in oil
  • Turn oven off and transfer the bowl to the oven, covered with a damp towel
    Allow to rise for ~30 minutes (check if it's ready by pressing in with 2 fingers, if it rebounds, it's ready)
    Punch dough down and let it rest an additional 30 minutes until doubled in size
  • Roll out dough onto lightly floured surface into a 19in x 13in rectangle
  • Brush melted butter over the dough and sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon
    Roll on the long side into a tight jelly roll
    Trim the ends and cut into 12 slices
  • Arrange rolls on a lightly greased 13 x 9 in pan
    Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise another 30 mins (until doubled in size)
  • Preheat oven to 350 F, bake uncovered for 25 mins
  • Prepare icing while rolls are baking, spread over the rolls while they're still warm and serve