Fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Fluffy, soft, tender, sweet, Cinnamony, simply mouth watering Cinnamon rolls.

Homemade Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

It was really great to wake up this morning to fresh cinnamon rolls. I threw these babies in the oven at 7 am and by 8 the whole apartment felt like a little Amish bakery.

I don’t know why a lot of people think it’s hard to make cinnamon rolls! It’s very easy and rewarding. It’s just a matter of waiting for them to rise ( it’s like magic isn’t it?) and I’m very impatient.

Fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

One of the biggest downsides to living in the city is the tiny kitchens. Now, imagine trying to roll out dough on a tiny 16×16 in counter top. It’s difficult, but this little counter space is all I have and has become my tiny baking corner.

 This is my favorite part, Rolling out the dough and watching it double in size.

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Fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

3.38 from 8 votes
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Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 -14 rolls
Author: Layla


  • 3 1/2 cup to 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 ounce package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup melted butter + 2 tablespoons
  • 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • For the Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk or coffee I used coffee


  • In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons warm water, sugar, and the yeast in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes until it becomes bubbly and has activated.
  • In a large bowl mix the egg, milk, water, flour, 1/4 cup butter, and salt.
  • Add the yeast and kneed the dough for 3-5 minutes. Spread a think layer of oil on the dough and cover for 20 minutes to rise.
  • Roll dough into 14x10 inch rectangle. Spread the butter on the dough, sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon. Roll and cut into 12-14 1 inch slices. Place 1 cm apart in a greased pan. Cover and let rise for another 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake rolls 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until they begin o turn golden in color.
  • For the Glaze:
  • Mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
  • Drizzle on slightly cooled cinnamon rolls.



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    if you think that 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and one tablespoon of sugar is going to cover a 10 inch by 14 inch rectangle of dough and have any type of flavor at all your crazy. This recipe makes bread with a SLIGHT cinnamon taste. The recipe that I usually use Uses ⅓ Cup Brown sugar and 2 and a half tablespoons of cinnamon for the filling and the same exact size rectangle of dough.


    Why won’t any of the pictures load? I can’t see a single picture, no matter what I do to try to get it to load. Any ideas on what I can do to get the pictures to load where I can see what your Cinnamon rolls look like? Also could I let these rise overnight? If so, how do you recommend I do it? I want to make them for breakfast one day, but I don’t want to have to get up at dawn and spend the entire morning in the kitchen making them and not be able to eat them until noon. Plus, it would be better on my back. I have Spina Bifida and endure back pain 24/7, and cooking makes it hurt even worse.


    I think the issue everyone is having is that the ingredients and instructions don’t match.
    I am in the process of making these as I type. It’s very confusing and I feel I have already messed up. But we will see. Waiting on my dough to rise. Your water, butter, sugar measurement do not match what you have in your instructions.
    Please go back and read and try to clarify these.
    Thanks so much and happy baking!


    Hi! These look amazing so I tried making them today. I followed the directions perfectly, but my dough was so hard that the 1/2 c water and 1/2 c milk would never have been enough to mix with 4 c flour. I thought my Kitchenaid was going to die! I ended up adding another 1/2 c warm water to make a nice pliable dough. Is there a typo in the recipe or did I just do something wrong?? Anyone else had this problem?


      i had the same problem with mine so i added 1/2 cup of milk


    It says to lay a thick cover of oil, what kind of oil should I use and do I just pour it over the dough? Thank you!

    Jennifer zalaski

    Not sure why so many had issues with the dough being sticky. I followed the ingredients and instructions to a T and found these rolls ‘heavenly’. I’ve been baking cinnamon rolls for years and love to experiment with different recipes. It’s what I love most about cinnamon rolls, the diversity of how they can be made. I made these for our church’s Christmas bazaar bake sale. I wanted a recipe that was just as it says in the title “fluffy”. These were beyond fluffy – clouds of cinnamony sugary wonderful goodness. The dough came together in 15 sec using my Kitchenaid mixer with the paddle. After that I put on the dough hook and within a minute the dough was perfect. I turned it out, kneaded it a few times more and placed it in a bowl to rise. Perfection! It rolled out in minutes and baked just as stated in 20 minutes. My family devoured them and I had to make another batch for the bake sale! This recipe is wonderful, thanks so much for posting!


    Excited to try your recipe! Have you ever tried making the dough a day ahead, rising the buns and putting them in the refrigerator overnight for baking in the am? Any advice for this?


    I love making cinnamon rolls, and my family loves eating them. One problem I have though… I use unbromated flour and it tends to make the dough a little more difficult to work with. In particular the dough doesn’t rise as well as when I used to use bromate flour, any suggestions on how to help the rising process along?


    This was my first time making homemade cinnamon rolls and it was a disaster! The dough was entirely too sticky! I added well over another cup of flour and it was still too sticky. Very disappointed. Not even sure if I’ll be able to roll it out.


      I am so sorry you did not like the recipe Sam. The dough is supposed to be on the soft end ( that’s what makes the rolls fluffy). You can try my other cinnamon roll recipes that are not soft dough.

    Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    We love homemade cinnamon rolls – these look so delish! Pinned – Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays!


    OK this is my second time making these and the first time I made them I thought the dough was too sticky so I added more flour but they didn’t come out too well. So I am making them now and the dough is still really sticky. Is the dough supposed to be really sticky


      Mandy, The dough should not be sticky although is should be soft; not hard. Maybe you didn’t knead the dough long enough? try kneading the dough a bit more.

      The only other thing I can think of is the type of flour you are using. With all breads you might have to add a little more or less flour. If you are still making the dough add a little more flour and make sure to knead the dough for at least 2-3 minutes. If you have already made the dough add more flour on the counter when rolling. Please let me know if that helps.

    Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    These cinnamon rolls just grabbed me!! I can just smell the cinnamon! Just pinned!!

    Hugs from Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends!


      Thank you for pinning Evelyn!

    Lea @ Lea's Cooking

    Yummy! I love cinnamon rolls. Need to make em soon.
    Stopping by from Weekend re-Treat Link Party 🙂

    Sherri @ MadeFromPinterest

    Every time I see a new cinnamon roll recipe I want to try it. They always look so good! Yours are no exception.
    We would love to have you join us at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It goes live tonight at 7 MST at http://www.madefrompinterest.net. It would be our honor to have you share your great work with us!


    OMG i would not hate you even a little if you sent me some of these! YUM! Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed!


      Sure will!! Have a Happy New Year! 😀

    Megan @ MeganMakesFood

    Cinnamon rolls is a food I can’t get enough of!! This looks spectacular!


      Me too! Thanks Megan

    Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day One word? YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Christmas Cookie Exchange

    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Cinnamon rolls are the best! I love when they double in size too, it is like magic. The bigger the better! These would be perfect for Christmas morning. And impressed you made these on such a tiny counter : )


      Thanks Natalie! I’ve learned to adjust to it. 🙂


    No there isn’t ! Thanks Laura


      hello, is all of the butter melted? or just the 2 tbsp to spread on the dough?

    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    Is there anything better than cinnamon rolls for breakfast! Yummy!


      hello, is all of the butter melted? or just the 2 tbsp to spread on the dough?