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Cinnamon Rolls

December 23, 2017 (Last Updated: April 14, 2020)

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Freshly baked cinnamon rolls are always a hit any time of year.

We have a tradition in our house; Christmas morning we always have homemade cinnamon rolls on the table for breakfast. Christmas breakfast is a pretty big deal.  My mom always sets the table the night before.  It always looks beautiful and festive.

A delicious plate full of freshly baked homemade cinnamon rolls.

The actual breakfast is a sit down affair with all 20+ of us.  On the menu:  eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, homemade hot chocolate, coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, and homemade rolls.  Sometimes the menu will vary slightly. But I don’t think there has ever been a year without the sweet rolls.

On the years we don’t travel to my parents’ house for Christmas, I bake these for our breakfast too. 

A cinnamon roll drizzled with a glaze on a snowflake plate.

Cinnamon rolls are my mom’s specialty!  These do double duty for other special occasions…Easter, family events…or any other time she feels like baking.  We often bake these the day before a big breakfast.

On Christmas morning, they are wrapped in foil and heated in the oven for about 15 minutes.  If you are reheating before serving, add the glaze after they are reheated.

A pan filled with swirled bread topped with a glaze.

Making cinnamon rolls is fun…especially the rolling out part!  I try to roll as thin as possible so I can get as much cinnamon and sugar in there as possible.

A log of rolled dough filled with cinnamon and sugar.

This isn’t a really sweet dough.  I let all the sweetness come from the cinnamon sugar and the glaze.

Breakfast rolls in a rectangular serving dish.

Are you a glazed cinnamon roll person, or an un-glazed?  I’m all about the glaze…as long as it is thin!

I don’t want a thick frosting to overshadow the cinnamon roll.  The cinnamon roll is the star here…the glaze is just a supporting flavor!

I also have a cranberry sweet roll recipe that is delicious for the holidays.

Cinnamon rolls in a holiday serving dish.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Sweet rolls filled with cinnamon and topped with a light glaze.

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Homemade cinnamon rolls make a perfect holiday breakfast.

Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet rolls with cinnamon
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 18 rolls
Calories 146 kcal


  • 1 cup milk (warmed)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (or one package)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 - 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour


  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)


  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons milk.


  • In a large mixing bowl add milk, yeast and sugar. Let sit 5-10 minutes until yeast is bubbly.
  • Add eggs, butter, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix
  • With mixer running, continue adding flour 1 cup at a time. You might not need all the flour.
  • Knead for 5 minutes in a stand mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
  • Place in a well greased bowl and cover.
  • Let stand until doubled, 60-90 minutes.
  • Punch down and place on a flat surface.

Forming the Rolls

  • Roll out into a 12 x 18" rectangle.
  • Brush with melted butter 
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl. Sprinkle entire mixture on top of rolled dough.
  • Roll dough into a log and seal seam.
  • Cut into 1" slices and place in a greased baking dish.
  • Let rise 30-45 minutes
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool in dish slightly in baking dish.
  • Mix glaze ingredients together and pour over baked cinnamon rolls while still slightly warm. 


Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 212mgPotassium: 35mgSugar: 14gVitamin A: 290IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword breakfast, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls recipe, holidays, sweet roll recipe, yeast bread
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post was originally published in December 2015. The pictures have been updated.


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  • Reply
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    December 17, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    5 stars
    I can picture your table and the aromas all around…just beautiful! And I’m with you – a glaze-girl all the way!

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      December 18, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Just a touch of sweetness to bring out the cinnamon.

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    Jessica @ Sweetest Menu
    December 17, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Cinnamon rolls are one of the my all-time favourite treats! These are beautiful! Perfect for Christmas day!

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      December 18, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Perfect for Christmas…or any day!

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    GiGi Eats
    December 17, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Cinnamon Rolls are like the anti-depressant in the food world!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      No wonder I’m so happy! 🙂

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    December 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning sounds perfect! I can only imagine how delicious your house smells! The glaze is my favorite part!

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      December 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      The smell is the bonus you get when you make these!

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    December 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Same here!! My parents (well, let’s be honest, my mom) always made them as a treat for Christmas and it’s a tradition I still adore today! These look delicious!

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      December 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      I hope you get some delicious cinnamon rolls this Christmas!

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    geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    December 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I love cinnamon rolls but have never made them. Will definitely need to try now. Love how you’ve made them in to a round shape vs square. Your house must smell delicious when you make these, Kathy. Happy holidays!

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      December 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      The smell is very delicious! Happy Holidays to you too, Geraldine!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    December 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Homemade cinnamon rolls is a fabulous tradition! I would LOVE to wake up to these delicious babies.. only problem, I wouldnt want to share!! cheers, my friend!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Just make a double batch and you will have plenty for sharing!

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    David @ Spiced
    December 17, 2015 at 5:14 am

    We have the same tradition in our house, Kathy! Except we do homemade coffee cake (topped with cinnamon crumble). I’m thinking we need to do both this year! 🙂

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      December 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Coffee Cake and cinnamon rolls…I think that makes a complete meal!

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    December 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    5 stars
    Your Christmas breakfast sounds AMAZING! And I love that you can make these ahead, I don’t want to be spending Christmas morning in the kitchen. I like a glaze on my cinnamon roll, and I am even ok with a thick frosting too 🙂

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      December 17, 2015 at 4:54 am

      Glaze or frosting…your tastes are versatile. I’m just not a frosting gal on my cinnamon rolls.

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    December 16, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Insanely jealous of your Christmas breakfast ~ that’s it, I’m popping over. I love the ideas of homemade, real cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I’m just envisioning the smell wafting out of my kitchen right now. Love cinnamon is desserts in particular as I’m hyperglyemic and cinnamon helps regulate my blood sugar. So I can eat them! Yay. But that doesn’t mean I’m not coming to your house, 8 a.m. okay? Not kidding =) hehe. Merry Christmas.

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      December 17, 2015 at 4:55 am

      8 a.m. is just perfect! Don’t forget to bring gifts!

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