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A Delicious Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Updated on December 2, 2013
Right out of the oven, with a glaze type icing
Right out of the oven, with a glaze type icing | Source

Delicious cinnamon rolls

I've made a variety of yeast rolls over the years but these are extra special. They are filled with memories of family and friends, working together while enjoying companionship and really great food.

Mixing the dough, using a dough hook with my KitchenAid.
Mixing the dough, using a dough hook with my KitchenAid.

Recipe

  • place 2 teaspoons yeast in 1/2 cup tepid (lukewarm) water ... we use our KitchenAid mixing bowl
  • when the yeast is dissolved, add 3/4 cups lukewarm milk ... this can be regular milk, reconstituted dry milk, or canned

Then add the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

Mix well and place dough in a large bowl that has been lightly oiled. Cover with clean damp towel and place in a warm area. Let rise until doubled in bulk; punch down and let rise again until doubled in bulk again.


Dough that is ready to roll out.
Dough that is ready to roll out.
Rolled out and lightly buttered.
Rolled out and lightly buttered.
With cinnamon and sugar.
With cinnamon and sugar.
Cut into 1" slices.
Cut into 1" slices.

Preparing the dough for roll-making

It is easier to work with one-half of the dough at a time. Prepare your pastry board or counter top by sprinkling with a minimum amount of flour, just enough to keep the dough from sticking. Roll out one piece of the dough into an oblong shape approximately 14"x8" and about 1/4" to 3/8" thick. You might need to flour the rolling pin.

Spread with about two tablespoons softened butter or margarine and sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Adjust this to your taste, reduce the amount of cinnamon if you prefer less, but about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sugar to 2 teaspoons cinnamon should cover the dough well.

Roll up tightly, starting at the wide side. Seal the edges by pinching them together. Stretch the roll a little to even it.

Cut the roll into one inch slices, using a sharp knife or a dough cutter. Place a little apart on greased baking pan or you can also use greased parchment paper lined pan. (see photo)

Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in size ... then bake approximately 30 minutes or until just golden brown in a 350 degree oven.

Slices just placed in a baking pan.
Slices just placed in a baking pan.
The same roll slices but these have doubled in bulk and are ready to bake.
The same roll slices but these have doubled in bulk and are ready to bake.
Baked, with glaze added, and ready to eat!
Baked, with glaze added, and ready to eat!

Making the dough into cinnamon rolls

Roll out the dough on a floured pastry board or kitchen counter, trying for a straight sided rectangle. Don't worry if the sides are not perfect. Using melted butter or margarine, lightly cover the dough using a pastry brush or a spoon. Cover with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. We keep ours in a shaker so that the distribution is evenly spread. Make the mixture to your taste; for example, if you prefer less cinnamon, just use less.

Roll the dough from long side to long side so that the individual rolls are not too large. Use a knife or dough cutter to slice the dough into portions about one inch in thickness.

This recipe makes approximately 15 to 18 rolls, depending on thickness when rolling them out and the size of the dough rectangle that was rolled out.

A delicious serving

Adding the glaze to the hot rolls while still in the baking dish

Mix liquid and powdered sugar to the desired consistency. This can be made thin or thicker, whichever is preferred. This particular glaze was made with water and vanilla. Sometimes, we use apple juice for a change. Orange juice or flavoring makes for an unusual flavor.

Enjoy!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Woo, now you are talking my language here :)

      These remind me of the cinnamon rolls my mother used to make, which brings back a lot of wonderful childhood memories.

      Thanks for sharing your awesome looking recipe here with us all.

      Voted up ++

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico

      Yummy.... your cinnamon rolls look delicious! I can´t see the amount of flour we need to add in the list of ingredients though.....

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow Yummy recipe, thank for the good share!

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Thanks so much, Claudia, for noting that the flour is missing ... it is four cups. I will add it at once.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 3 years ago from Maine

      This looks yummy, I think I'll make some today and send some to my daughter. I love to bake! Never thought lemon juice would be used in cinnamon roll recipes. Thank you very much!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, to die for!!! I wonder if they would be good using gluten flour? I love cinnamon rolls. Thank you....

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Cinnamon rolls are so delicious. Your version looks wonderful, wabash annie! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Ok, so this is just wrong on so many levels :) It is 3:30 a.m. and my tummy is rumbling and what do I find?? These yummy yummy looking rolls....O, I wish I could reach in and pinch off a bite.

      I have made cinnamon rolls in the past but they are not my strong suit. I will need to give these a try. Bookmarking for my files. Angels are on the way ps

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      always exploring: We have not tried these with gluten-free flour but, sometime, I would like to. Wheat is an issue for me also.

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I have a little difficulty getting the reply capsule so will respond to your question again. I have issues with wheat but have not, as yet, attempted gluten free ingredients in this recipe but plan to.

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Hope you enjoy them!

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      They are very good ... hope you like them too! We think the lemon enhances the other flavors.

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Appreciate your reading my hubs and commenting. Thanks much!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 3 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      My oh my annie, I love these. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Thanks much, Fiddleman!

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, that makes me want to have them! They look lovely and this is a wonderful recipe! Voted up and sharing!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Wow! My mouth is watering. I have not made anything with yeast in a long time and I must try these rolls. They look wonderful. Thank you for the recipe and instructions. Voted up and sharing.

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Thanks, Pamela, for your comments. They are wonderful and I try to eat just one (at a time:).

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I really do love cinnamon rolls. I really love anything that is homemade, whick makes the cinnamon rolls even more desirable. I really like the photos and the end result looks amazing. Even better than pre packaged cinammon rolls! Voted up and shared.

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Thanks much, torrilynn. Homemade foods are so much better for us!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh thank you for this wonderful recipe. The lemon extract is something I never thought to add to the dough. The cinnamon buns look incredibly delicious. Great pictures and thank you for sharing this. I'm printing it out and will definitely use it.

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Appreciate your comments so much. We always try to make items from scratch, preferring to 'control' the ingredients. Thanks again!

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      oh so lovely and delicious recipe you shared annie dear, cinnamon has so many health benefits and it is so nice to read and know this cinnamon roll recipe here, would love to try it and million blessings for sharing it with us, thanks a lot wabash annie , stay blessed always dear!

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Appreciate your reading my hub and your kind comments. Thanks much!

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