The PERFECT Cinnamon Roll Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I have one heck of a sweet tooth!! Basically living my life by the saying, “Life is short, eat dessert first.”  Well, in this case, we’re eating BREAKFAST first…

After hours of scouring the internet, I finally came across this cinnamon roll recipe from a family on YouTube! It has been passed down through the generations, and those are always the best kind!! You can’t go wrong with a classic.  (I will link their original video down below.)

Now let’s get started! I’m basically drooling over the sheer thought of these beauties…


  • 3 Tablespoons of yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 9 1/2-10 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of salt
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of oil (I use grapeseed since it is flavorless)
  • softened butter *for filling
  • cinnamon*
  • sugar*
  • brown sugar*


  • Start off by mixing together the yeast, tablespoon of sugar, and cup of warm water. Set it aside, we will add this in later.
  • In a very large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Using a wooden spoon, start mixing in the water, yeast mixture from earlier (should have doubled in size) and the oil.
  • Begin kneading together until dough texture forms. 9.5 cups of flour usually works best for me, but if you need to add a bit more you can.
  • Drape a thin towel over the top, and set aside to rest for 15 minutes. For this step, I like to put it in the oven (WHICH IS TURNED OFF!)
  • When the 15 minutes is up, time to knead again! The heel of your hand works best for this part.
  • Cover with towel, and set aside. This time for 1-2 hours! …seems like forever, I know… But trust me, every step is worth it!
  • Now after waiting and waiting and waiting for the dough to rise, it should have about doubled in size! I always love this part! Science is cool. 🙂
  • Punch the dough down and knead just a bit more. Don’t get too crazy though. We don’t want to undo all our hard work!!
  • On a clean counter top, put a little bit of oil and start rolling out the dough. Since this recipe makes quite a lot, I usually cut it in half to roll a smaller piece at a time.
  • Don’t make it too thin, but be sure to spread it out in a fairly rectangular shape. This is what we are going to spread the filling onto.
  • Cover the entirety with lots of softened butter. Be generous! I don’t think you can ever have too much butter…
  • Next up, sprinkle your cinnamon on top. By adding this before the sugar, you can SEE where you’re placing it.  (The amount of cinnamon is personal preference.)
  • Now add your white and brown sugars on top. Again, this is personal preference on how much or little to add. Just be sure you bring it all the way to the edges!
  • Once your filling is generously covering the dough, we get to roll it up!! Do this tight enough so that it doesn’t spill out.
  • My favorite part is next! You’re going to need dental floss…hygiene break!! Just kidding. We are going to use this to slice the dough without smashing it down. GENIUS!!
  • Simply slide a fairly long string of floss underneath your roll, and then cross the ends over the top & pull down. Did that make any sense!? Google it. I promise, it’s amazing.
  • Be sure to butter your pan, and then you can start placing them in. They can be touching, but be warned, they WILL rise!! …AGAIN…
  • Now, the only times I’ve ever made these, it has been in the evening. So I like to let them rise in the fridge overnight and then bake in the morning. But you can adjust to your own ways if necessary. The cold slows the rising process, but they always turn out beautiful!!

F-I-N-A-L-L-Y we’re almost to the finish line. I promise! Is your mouth watering yet? You’re almost there.  Don’t give up now!

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. (you can even turn the heat down, & cook longer if needed)
  • While they bake, I recommend making cream cheese frosting to slather on top!! Nothing pairs better with a piping hot cinnamon roll than homemade icing!!

(Now, I don’t have an exact science for this…but you can tweak it for your liking! Our family’s little “secret” is adding a bit of maple syrup. DELICIOUS!)

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking…  Taylor, that took so very long, I would never have the patience for this!! But trust me, ladies and gentlemen. It is worth it! Especially since the recipe makes SOOO many, you could easily freeze some and save them for later!!

I really hope you take a chance and give these a try. They are by far the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had, and I’m so happy to share this recipe with you. 🙂   (ORIGINAL VIDEO)

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite breakfast food is! I’d love to get more ideas and expand my recipe box even more!

XOXO-Taylor D.

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