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Cinnamon Rolls

One of the ways I win over my step kids (and their mom) isto make them yummy treats! Even though some of the kids don’t care for cinnamonrolls, they love mine! Their mom doesn’t even like cinnamon rolls, but alwayshas seconds of my recipe.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 rolls


Magic Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups flour

Cinnamon Mixture

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar



  • Add yeast to the warm water and let it set until the yeast starts to bubble
  • Microwave butter for 15 seconds, or until soft
  • Add butter, salt, sugar, eggs, and flour to yeast mixture. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Knead dough. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness in a rectangle


  • Melt a cube of butter an brush onto dough from edge-to-edge. Set leftover butter aside.
  • Sprinkle a thin layer of white sugar evenly over the dough, then repeat with brown sugar
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over the top. Use enough to cover all of the dough. It should look brown everywhere.
  • Starting on one end, roll the dough until the edge is on the bottom of the log.
  • Using string or fishing line about 18 inches long, slide the string under the roll, crossing at the top to slice the rolls at an inch wide.
  • Place in a buttered 13 x 9 pan.
  • If you have time, let rolls raise for 15-20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until tops of the outer rolls are a light golden brown.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes and lightly brush on remaining melted butter.
  • Once cooled, frost with cream cheese thick glaze frosting.