Quick + Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Delicious One Hour Cinnamon Rolls with homemade cream cheese frosting. These rolls are super soft and result in a quick, mouth-watering cinnamon treat that is delicious any morning or holiday.

They’re made all year long, but especially great for the holidays. Whether you make them for breakfast or brunch, this recipe will be well-loved, just like our mini cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll cake.

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easy Cinnamon Rolls – made in 1 hour!

My entire family is OBSESSED with Cinnamon Rolls (trust me – we have recipes on the site for Cinnamon Roll Cake, Cinnamon Roll Waffles – the list goes on and on!)

This is probably because my mom has been making them for as long as I can remember. Recently, she decided to try a quicker version. She did some research and decided that the recipe from Your Homebased Mom looked the best. I assured her that anything from Leigh Anne would be phenomenal.

My mom tried this recipe while we were visiting for the holidays and the ENTIRE family LOVED the recipe. The rolls were soft and sweet and tasted just as good as her regular version that she has been making for years, BUT – they were made in an hour!

We did change a few things up and added a little more butter and sugar (can’t go wrong with more butter and sugar, right?!) We also added some cream cheese to the frosting and baked at a lower heat for more time.

The result was amazing and you better believe we’ll be making these again!

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Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

With the dough, filling and frosting – there are quite a few ingredients needed to make this recipe, but they are all items a typical baker would have on hand. Here are the items needed to make these homemade cinnamon rolls:

  • water
  • buttermilk
  • sugar
  • butter
  • Active Dry yeast
  • salt
  • eggs
  • bread flour
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • powdered sugar
  • cream cheese
  • vanilla
  • milk

NOTE: Make sure Active dry yeast is fresh. When yeast is old, it doesn’t work as well and your cinnamon rolls won’t turn out as light and fluffy. 😉

Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

How to Make easy Cinnamon Rolls

If you haven’t had a ton of experience with yeast – do not fret! I, myself, have only started baking with yeast a few years ago and although intimidating, it’s fairly easy to use.

You just have to follow the directions. Remember that these are EASY and made in an hour. Just follow these easy steps to make these homemade cinnamon rolls.

MIX. In a bowl, mix together water, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter and yeast. Allow to sit for 15 minutes..

REST. Add in salt, eggs and flour (for flour, be sure to spoon in and top off and start with 4.5 cups – you want the dough to be sticky). Mix for 10 minutes and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

FILLING. Prepare your filling by mixing together melted butter, brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

ROLL OUT. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 12 x 16 inch rectangle.

ROLL + CUT. Spread your filling over the top and roll up. Cut into 12 large rolls (or 18 smaller rolls).

BAKE. Place rolls in a large, greased baking dish or jelly roll pan. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

FROSTING. While baking, mix together your frosting ingredients. Spread on warm rolls and spread another layer of frosting once cooled. ENJOY!

We love how simple this recipe is! They seriously make the best cinnamon rolls!!

Quick Cinnamon RollS FAQ

For some reason, many tend to think that cinnamon rolls are intimidating. I used to think so myself, but now I’ve realized just how easy they are to make – especially using this recipe. Here are some notes, tips and FAQs to help you in making these.

How do you make gooey cinnamon rolls? We added more filling to this recipe to make it more gooey (if you want it less gooey, change the brown sugar and sugar to ½ cup each).

We also include lots of frosting, which helps make them super gooey! If you like less frosting, you can change amounts to: ⅓ cup butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 oz. cream cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk. 😉

Which flour is best for this recipe? All-Purpose flour works well for this recipe, but bread flour works best. It makes the rolls super soft which adds to the gooey-ness and delicious-ness that we love so much in this recipe.

STORING + FREEZING? Place cinnamon rolls on a plate and cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Or place in an air-tight container. They should keep at room temperature for 2-3 days.

You can freeze rolls unfrosted. Just let them thaw overnight and warm them in the oven for a few minutes before frosting. You can also freeze them already iced. Just allow to cool, cover and wrap in a freezer safe bag to freeze.

Quick Cinnamon Rolls

Have you ever looked at a food picture and just WISH you had one in front of you – in real life?! That’s how I feel about these bad boys. As you can see, we don’t like to skimp on the frosting. And having an irresistible cream cheese frosting for these rolls makes them even more addicting!

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

4.91 from 84 votes
Delicious One Hour Cinnamon Rolls with homemade cream cheese frosting. These rolls are super soft and result in a quick, mouth-watering cinnamon treat that is delicious any morning or holiday.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 587 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 cup water warm
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4.5 - 5.5 cups bread flour

Filling:

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon

Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • enough milk or half and half to make it spreading consistency.

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, mix together water, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter and yeast. Allow to sit for 15 minutes..
  • Add in salt, eggs and flour (for flour, be sure to spoon in and top off and start with 4.5 cups - you want the dough to be sticky). Mix for 10 minutes and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Prepare your filling by mixing together melted butter, brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough into a 12 x 16 inch rectangle.
  • Spread your filling over the top and roll up. Cut into 12 large rolls (or 18 smaller rolls).
  • Place rolls in a large, greased baking dish or jelly roll pan.
  • Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
  • While baking, mix together your frosting ingredients. Spread on warm rolls. Add another layer of frosting once cool.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I just made these 1 hour connimon rolls and they are delicious! It was a bit of trouble, but worth it t.

    1. Yay! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the cinnamon rolls. Homemade is usually always worth the effort, right? 😉 Thanks for trying them!

  2. I just spent a lot of time making these rolls today. I’ve never made cinnamon rolls but I have made bread and it didn’t seem right to me that they weren’t allowed to raise before they were put in the oven and my instinct was correct. The rolls didn’t raise and I wasted a lot of time and money because they aren’t fit to eat☹️

    1. Sorry to hear you had trouble with the cinnamon rolls. Was your yeast fresh? Was the water temperature too hot or too cold? Sometimes that can kill the yeast and cause it to not rise. There are lots of different factors that can play into dough rising well or not. We haven’t had any trouble with them rising in this recipe (especially when following the directions to sit for certain periods of time). But I’m sorry to hear yours didn’t. That is frustrating. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

  3. 5 stars
    First off, these cinnamon rolls are the bomb! As promised, they are light and fluffy and done in an hour(give or take) and just come together super easily. And it makes 12 huge rolls! I cooked 9 in a 9×13 and 3 in a round 9 inch pan! However,not being a novice to making cinnamon rolls,I wanted to give my input as others asked some of my same questions(as I was making them),in their reviews.
    I followed the directions 95% having to make a few modifications.
    I did use rapid rise yeast( yes, all 3 tbsps, and as some asked they were not yeasty tasting at all!) It was what I had and just reduced each time you let the dough “rest” by a minute or two.
    I did my kneading in my kitchenaid and let it do its thing for about 7 or 8 minutes instead of 10.
    Only other thing I changed was my filling. My preference is softened butter,not melted, and I made up all the cinnamon and sugar it called for but used about 2/3rds of it. More than that and its just spilling out all over and hard to roll up the dough. Oh and we add mini chocolate chips to the filling too.
    My husband and kids were all super excited and said this recipe is definitely a keeper!!! Happy baking!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback!! So helpful for many readers I’m sure. I’m also so happy to hear that the cinnamon rolls were a hit! The addition of the mini chocolate chips sound tasty. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

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