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Sheila's Killer Cinnamon Or Caramel Rolls

Updated on February 21, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

When I was a young mom, I always longed to make really killer homemade cinnamon rolls. Dripping with real butter, oozing cinnamon goo, loaded with raisins (or not) and drowning in homemade buttery cream cheese frosting, they are simply a treat not to resist!

I have to admit, every attempt I made at creating these gorgeous little monsters was a complete failure! Usually the rolls wouldn't raise and ended up hard, chewy little rocks! So when I craved them, I'd end up buying them from the bakery section at the store!

Well, somewhere in my early forties, I tried making my grandma Ethel's sweet rolls recipe (sweetened roll dough) and modified it a bit. They were a smashing success for me! Before long I was making my "Lazarus Rolls" (so named because they just keep raising) for every special meal.

Eventually it dawned on me that I now had a great basic hot roll recipe and could probably pull off the incredible cinnamon roll thing at last! I tried the basic cinnamon raisin rolls first. Oh my gosh, they were amazing! Inspired by that success, I tried doing my other favorite, caramel pecan rolls. Oh, my my, they worked too!

You can find the link to my regular Lazarus Rolls dough at In this recipe, I'll show you how to turn my dough into some pretty amazing cinnamon or caramel nut rolls you can impress your family and friends with at your next special occasion!

  • Cook time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
  • Yields: 12


  • 1 Recipe Lazarus Rolls Dough (see link below)
  • Butter (Best) or Margarine
  • White Sugar OR Splenda
  • Brown Sugar OR Brown Sugar Splenda Blend (Caramel rolls only)
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins (optional)
  • Nuts (optional)
  • Frosting (optional)


  1. Prepare Lazarus Rolls recipe as directed.
  2. Roll out dough on flat lightly floured surface (parchment paper works great for this)
  3. Spread liberally with butter or margarine
  4. Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon and white sugar. If you are making caramel rolls, omit the cinnamon.
  5. If you're making caramel rolls, sprinkle on 1.5-2 cups of brown sugar or Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
  6. Add a layer of chopped nuts and/or raisins if desired
  7. Roll up lengthwise jelly roll style. Gently stretch roll lengthwise until it is at least 12 inches long.
  8. Cut slices at least 1" thick. As you cut them, carefully pick up and lay into 13 X 9 baking pan lined with parchment paper, Sides of rolls should touch.
  9. Sprinkle sugar mess from parchment paper all over rolls in pan.
  10. Sprinkle additional sugar and cinnamon on top of rolls
  11. Top each roll with 1-2 tsp. butter or margarine, or more if you want maximum sin!
  12. Cover pan with clean white dishtowel or parchment paper
  13. Allow rolls to rise until they are doubled in height.
  14. Bake in oven preheated to 400 15-20 minutes or until rolls are done and lightly browned. I always pull the whole pan out, open up the center roll and test for doneness. If it's done, they all are. If not, bake 5 more minutes and re-test.
  15. If desired, frost rolls while hot with cream cheese or vanilla frosting.
  16. Serve hot with excellent coffee or tea!
K9Cakery Silicone Cake Pan, 10-Inch by 13-Inch
K9Cakery Silicone Cake Pan, 10-Inch by 13-Inch

OK, I admit I am buying this for myself right now! I find that silicone bakeware gives me the best possible texture and appearance of my baked goods. This one will hold this whole recipe, and later on I can make doggie bone cakes with it!

Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker
Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker

An awesome choice to make your roll dough preparation almost effortless! Just prepare your roll recipe on the dough only cycle and you're all set!

Wilton Jumbo Cookie Spatula
Wilton Jumbo Cookie Spatula

This is the perfect utensil I own to slice the cinnamon rolls because it's the exact right size, and the edge is very sharp. It slices right through that roll dough and makes perfect cinnamon roll slices. You'll love it for removing huge cookies from trays too, its intended use!


If you want the original Lazarus Rolls Dough recipe, go to:

Thanks for stopping by to check out my recipe! Nice to meet you! If you make the rolls, please leave a comment here telling us how you like them! Or you can just say hello now!


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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I have such a sweet tooth that I could die for one of your cinnamon rolls! I love anything with cinnamon or caramel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. I wish I had one of your Cinnamon rolls right now. They really sound and look delicious. Your background photo is making my mouth water.

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      Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @carla-hogue: It's in the guest book box at the bottom of the page. Or just go to

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      carla-hogue 3 years ago

      Hi Sheila, it says to get the dough recipe click on link at bottom of page. What link?

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      These look so good! After seeing these I better go make some. :)