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3 Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Author: Tessa Arias

3 Easy Cinnamon Roll recipes

The aroma of cinnamon rolls baking away in the oven is one of the more delightful and enjoyable small pleasures I can think of.

Especially on one of the first chilly days of the season.

I’m obsessed with cinnamon rolls and even more than that, obsessed with dreaming up new flavor twists to the classic cinnamon roll.

3 Easy Cinnamon Roll recipes

Cinnamon Roll Baking Tips

The Dough

I’m using the same basic base for each flavor: my Ultimate Simple Dough recipe!

You can actually use this dough to make anything from dinner rolls to pizza and sandwich bread, but they’re also perfect for cinnamon rolls of any kind!

If you’re intimidated by baking with yeast dough, don’t be. This Ultimate Simple Dough recipe was designed to be as foolproof as possible! Especially if you make it with Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast, which is so easy to use. It actually strengthens and improves your dough to create super fluffy rolls!

There are even more tips for making homemade dough in that recipe post, so be sure to check it out.

The Filling

Each filling varies slightly depending on the flavor you’re following. But what I’ve found is that the more butter + cinnamon the better! That makes for the most gooey and flavorful rolls possible. But feel free to get creative experimenting with the filling. As opposed to the base dough, the filling is a little more forgiving!


To get started, make a batch of that Ultimate Simple Dough and let it rise once.

After you assemble and shape the rolls, cover them and let them rise again for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The time required will depend in part on the temperature and humidity of your kitchen.

Making Ahead

Cinnamon rolls are best served fresh and still warm from the oven. You can get away with storing them for a day, covered at room temperature, then re-warming them before serving.

If you want to prepare the rolls ahead of time to bake off in the morning, here are the directions:

Refrigerate assembled and shaped rolls after they have risen for 20 minutes. Cover the rolls tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to 2 months. If freezing, allow to thaw in the fridge overnight.

Loosen the plastic wrap and allow to finish rising and lose its chill at room temperature until an indentation made with your finger into the dough remains. Preheat the oven during this period then bake as directed.


Serve the banana bread and caramel apple rolls warm or at room temperature. The sticky pecan rolls must be served warm or the pecan topping begins to harden. Let the pecan rolls stand for 2 to 3 minutes after baking before placing a tray or serving plate upside down onto pan. With oven mitts on, carefully turn tray and pan over. The pan will be hot!! Let pan remain 1 minute so caramel can drizzle over rolls before pulling the pan away.

Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls - 3 Ways

Recipe by Tessa Arias
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Review & Comments

Hana Levan | Reply

Perfect. Thanks

Jackie | Reply

5 stars
I like the Cinnamon rolls my Bubbie used to make,(Bubbie is Hebrew for Grandmother), She would use a cinnamon roll recipe and that is far as recipes went. She put in Cinnamon Butter, Plumped up raisins,(I just use raisins because they plump up some when cooking), and about 5 chopped up peeled apples. Those cinnamon rolls were to die for. She was Irish and my grandfather was Jewish so I don’t know if she got the recipe from her mother or her mother-in-law but they were so good and one would fill you up for breakfast because she made them about 8″ around and she was only able to put 6 to a large cookie sheet. Her cinnamon rolls took forever to cook because she was only able to put 2 cookie sheets in the oven and she had 8 pans of rolls.

Peggy Falconett | Reply

Hi, do you have a recipe for regular cinnamon rolls?, can’t wait to try this recipe

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Peggy,
You can find more cinnamon rolls recipes here:
Happy baking!

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