Cinnamon Rolls


I’m slightly starting to freak out that my Mom’s leaving on Tuesday. I have gotten completely spoiled and I’m kind of in denial that I have to do this baby thing all by myself from 9-5 on the weekdays now.

We took Ellie for a walk in Golden Gate Park again, and I had no idea that Spreckels lake has turtles! I’m clearly easily amused right now, but I thought that was amazing.

Friday night I decided that on Saturday, I would make cinnamon rolls.

I don’t know why I felt this urgent need, since I’ve never made them before, but I browsed foodgawker, found this recipe, and went with it. Ellie helped. (And clearly, finishing the cinnamon rolls was more of an urgent need than drying my hair. I have priorities.)

These were surprisingly easy… for some reason I thought cinnamon rolls would be way more complicated. They take a few hours from start to finish, but are TOTALLY worth it!

Recipe:
(from Cook, Bake & Decorate)

1 cup whole milk
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted

3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it’s about 105 degrees.
Stir the yeast and a pinch of sugar into the milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add the sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour and mix well. Knead with the dough hook on medium speed for about 4 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.

Shape the dough into a ball, place in a bowl (the mixing bowl is fine) and cover with a damp towel. Let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until dough has nearly doubled in size.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well.

Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and lightly flour a rolling pin. Roll the dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.

Brush the dough with 1/3 cup melted butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Roll the dough up starting with the longer side and cut into 12 rolls.

Arrange the rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for about 30 minutes.

While the rolls are rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes.

While the rolls are baking, make the frosting. Beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Spread the frosting on the rolls while they are still warm.

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20 Responses to “Cinnamon Rolls”


  1. 1 Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs September 26, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I am horrible at baking (which is why I love reading all of your baking posts – you make it seems so easy!), but I do love making cinnamon rolls from scratch 🙂 They are well worth it!

    Ellie is so, so cute!! I miss wearing my babies. There is nothing like snuggling up with them while keeping your hands free.

  2. 2 Emily Malone September 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

    LOVE the picture of you cooking with Ellie! Can’t wait to wear an Ergo in the kitchen as well. 🙂 So cute, and I would kill for a cinnamon roll right now.

  3. 3 Kira September 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Homemade cinnamon rolls are the best! Definitely a special occasion thing in our house house though.

  4. 4 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] September 26, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Great post for two reasons! (1) Your baby is so cute! and (2) Those cinnamon rolls look amazing and to-die-for. MmmMmm!

  5. 5 Amy Ramos September 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    These looks delicious. I might make these next weekend.

  6. 6 Kimra September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

    There are turtles in Spreckles Lake?! OK, need to look for those next time I run by. And now I’m craving a cinnamon roll like nobody’s business. Good for Ellie for helping out.

  7. 7 Kate September 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    It’s great you live close enough for frequent trips to “the park”

  8. 8 Michelle September 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Superb! Great canisters as well I’ve been looking for my perfect canisters for awhile now. Do you know where to get them? Thanks!

    • 9 Cate September 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Michelle – My husband’s parents had those canisters for awhile, and my husband spray painted them himself. Sorry, I’m not sure where they are from!

  9. 10 Natalie September 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    These looks great! Fluffy and delicious!

  10. 11 torviewtoronto September 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    delicious looking cinnamon bun
    nice to meet you

  11. 12 Brianna September 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    These look amazing, and I love that you’re rockin’ the Ergo 🙂

  12. 13 Angela September 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Love fresh home-made cinnamon rolls!!

  13. 14 Tessa September 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Your rolls look perfect. Glad Ellie could help!

  14. 15 Josie September 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

    i had the same urgent need a few weeks ago. I actually froze half of them, and we’re enjoying cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning!

  15. 16 Erin @ One Particular Kitchen October 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    What a sweet picture with the Ergo! That’s still how I get cooking done sometimes with a four year old. 🙂

  16. 17 Page January 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

    That photo is precious. Seriously, I love it.

    Print it. Frame it. Save it.

  17. 18 En Güzel Yemek Tarifleri December 9, 2013 at 2:59 am

    You’re the best recipe web site. We love you. I tried this recipe and it is delicious. Thanks.


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