Bakery-Style Cinnamon Rolls

Few things in life are as comforting and delightful as the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls wafting through a bakery. These soft, gooey, and sweet treats have the power to transport us back to our childhoods and make our taste buds sing with joy. While it might seem intimidating to recreate the magic of a bakery in your own kitchen, fear not! In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to make bakery-style cinnamon rolls that will have your family and friends begging for more.


Before we dive into the process, let’s gather all the ingredients you’ll need:


  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Activate the Yeast: In a mixing bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it’s frothy.
  2. Prepare the Dough: Add melted butter, sugar, eggs, and salt to the yeast mixture. Gradually add flour and knead until a soft dough forms. Cover the bowl and let it rise for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  3. Roll Out the Dough: After the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out on a floured surface into a large rectangle, about 16×21 inches.
  4. Create the Filling: Spread softened butter over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the butter.
  5. Roll It Up: Starting from the long side, tightly roll the dough into a log. Cut it into 12 equal-sized rolls.
  6. Arrange in a Pan: Place the rolls in a greased 9×13-inch baking pan. Cover and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat and Bake: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Once the rolls have risen, bake them for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
  8. Make the Cream Cheese Frosting: While the rolls are baking, prepare the frosting by beating softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  9. Frost the Cinnamon Rolls: When the rolls come out of the oven, spread the cream cheese frosting generously over them while they’re still warm.
  10. Enjoy!: Allow the rolls to cool slightly, but they are best enjoyed when still warm and gooey. Serve with a glass of milk or a steaming cup of coffee.

Variations and Tips

While the classic bakery-style cinnamon rolls are heavenly on their own, there are numerous variations and tips to consider:

  1. Add Nuts or Raisins: For some extra texture and flavor, sprinkle chopped pecans or raisins on top of the cinnamon-sugar mixture before rolling up the dough.
  2. Experiment with Fillings: Get creative with your fillings! Try using different spices like nutmeg or cardamom, or even add a layer of your favorite jam for a unique twist.
  3. Glaze Options: Aside from cream cheese frosting, you can opt for a simple powdered sugar glaze or a maple glaze for a different flavor profile.
  4. Make Ahead: To save time in the morning, you can prepare the rolls the night before, refrigerate them, and then bake them in the morning. Just be sure to let them come to room temperature before baking.
  5. Freeze the Dough: You can freeze the rolled dough (before the final rise) in an airtight container for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then let it rise before baking.
  6. Size Matters: If you prefer smaller rolls, cut the dough into more pieces for mini cinnamon rolls. They’re great for snacking or serving at brunch.
  7. Quality Ingredients: Using high-quality ingredients, especially pure vanilla extract and fresh cinnamon, will make a noticeable difference in the flavor of your cinnamon rolls.

Sharing the Love

One of the joys of baking cinnamon rolls is sharing them with others. Whether it’s a special breakfast for your family, a surprise treat for coworkers, or a comforting gesture for a friend in need, cinnamon rolls have a way of brightening someone’s day.

Consider making an extra batch to gift to neighbors or loved ones during the holidays or just because. They can be a heartfelt way to show you care.

Cinnamon Rolls Beyond Breakfast

While cinnamon rolls are undeniably a breakfast classic, they are versatile enough to be enjoyed at any time of the day. Here are a few creative ways to savor your bakery-style cinnamon rolls:

  1. Dessert Extravaganza: Turn your cinnamon rolls into a decadent dessert by pairing them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzling warm caramel sauce over the top. It’s the ultimate indulgence.
  2. Cinnamon Roll French Toast: Transform your cinnamon rolls into a breakfast masterpiece by slicing them up and using them to make French toast. Dip the slices in a mixture of eggs, milk, and a touch of cinnamon, then cook them until golden brown. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  3. Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding: Cube your cinnamon rolls and use them as the base for a luscious bread pudding. Combine them with a custard mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla, then bake until golden and set. Top with a bourbon or rum sauce for an extra kick.
  4. Cinnamon Roll Waffles: If you have a waffle iron, why not make cinnamon roll waffles? Flatten a cinnamon roll slightly and cook it in the waffle iron until it’s crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Top with cream cheese frosting for the ultimate waffle experience.
  5. Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwiches: Slice your cinnamon rolls horizontally, then sandwich a scoop of your favorite ice cream between the layers. Roll the edges in colorful sprinkles or crushed nuts for added texture and flavor.






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