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The Best Cinnamon Rolls

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Prep Time:

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1.5 hr

15-20 Min


60 Servings



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Cinnamon Rolls are one of my favorite foods! They are so delicious. You can eat them for breakfast, dessert, or if you want to try the tradition in Nebraska, they are delicious with Chili! Every time I make these people are asking me for the recipe. They disappear within minutes whenever I take them to a party. These are time-consuming, but they make a big batch and they are so worth the time spent. These also freeze well so you can save some for later if it makes too much for you.



4 c. Milk, heated

1 ½ c. Salted Butter

1 c. Sugar

2 Tbl. Salt

2 Tbl. Baking Powder

4 Tbl. Active Dry Yeast

1 tsp. Sugar

2/3 c. Warm Water

4 Eggs

12-14 c. Flour


1 c. Salted Butter, melted

2 c. Sugar

2 c. Brown Sugar

3 Tbl. Cinnamon

1 ½ tsp. Nutmeg

2 c. Chopped Pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

½ c. Salted Butter

8 oz. Cream Cheese

2 tsp. Vanilla

¼ c. Milk

4 c. Powdered Sugar


1. Heat the Milk until it is hot, but not boiling.

2. In your bread mixer, or Kitchen Aid, mix the Milk, Butter, Sugar, Salt, Baking Powder, and 6 cups of the Flour. Let it mix on a low speed.

3. While it is mixing in a small bowl mix the Yeast, 1 tsp. Sugar, and the Warm Water. Let it stand for 5 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.

4. Add the yeast mixture to the mixer and let it mix on a medium-low speed for 3-4 minutes.

5. Add the Eggs and mix them in completely.

6. Add the remaining Flour. You want to add enough flour that the dough is forming a ball and pulling away from the sides. It will still be a little sticky. See the picture.

7. Mix the dough on a medium-low speed for 10 minutes.

8. Remove the dough from the mixer. Place the dough in a large, pam-sprayed bowl. Cover the dough and let it sit in a warm place until it has doubled in size. Usually around 30 minutes.

9. While the dough is raising, make the filling. In a small bowl mix together the Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and the Pecans. Stir it until it is mixed well.

10. Roll the dough out until it is large and oval-shaped. I like it to be about ¼ inch thick. If you are making a full batch of cinnamon rolls, I like to cut the dough in half before I roll it out and then roll each half out.

11. Melt the Butter and spread it out all over the dough until the dough is covered in butter. Then sprinkle the Cinnamon Sugar mixture all over the melted butter.

12. Spray a 11x15x1 cookie sheet with pam spray.

13. Roll the dough up until it makes a long, narrow roll. Cut a piece of thread about 12-15 inches long. Place the thread under the dough and bring both ends of the thread together. Act like you are going to tie a knot, but don’t actually tie the knot. Just bring both ends together and pull it tight. It will slice right through the dough. I like to make my cinnamon rolls about an inch in diameter.

14. Place each cinnamon roll next to each other so they are barely touching. Once all the cinnamon rolls are cut and on the pan, cover it and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

15. Preheat the oven while the Cinnamon rolls are raising to 350°F.

16. Cook the cinnamon rolls for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

17. While they are cooking, make your frosting. In a medium mixing bowl mix the Butter, Cream Cheese, Vanilla, Milk, and the Powdered Sugar. Mix it until it is creamy and smooth.

18. When the cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, frost them while they are still warm.

19. Serve and enjoy!

Troubleshooting and Tips

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  • Click here for the Bosch mixer that I love to use for bread dough. 

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  • You can omit the Pecans

  • You can certainly cut this recipe in half, because it is very large. But if you want to make the whole thing, they freeze well so that you can save them for another time.

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