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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

A recipe for 6 fluffy cinnamon rolls, squishy as a pillow.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 6 cinnamon rolls
Author: Passionate Baker


  • 125 ml full fat milk
  • 28 g salted butter
  • 25 g granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 192 g plain flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 56 g salted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 100 g granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 32 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp full fat milk


  • Over a medium heat in a small saucepan, stir together the milk, butter, and sugar until the sugar has dissolved & the butter has melted. Remove from heat & transfer the liquid into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool to just warm (yeast doesn’t like the heat, so make sure it cools way down, I popped mine into the fridge for a few minutes).
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the cooled liquid and stir to incorporate. Leave to sit for 5 minutes in order for the yeast to activate.
  • Add the flour and the egg yolk to the milk mixture. Use a wooden spoon to stir together until incorporated. If the dough feels slightly too wet, add more flour (a tablespoon at a time).
  • Using your hands, bring the dough together into a ball and knead slightly.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rest in a warm-ish area for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the cinnamon sugar by combining the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set aside. Also, prepare your pan: grease the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface and use a rolling pin to roll into a roughly 9 x 12-inch rectangle.
  • Spread the dough with the melted butter and then generously sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar (it will seem like a lot, but don’t skimp).
  • Starting at the longer edge of the dough, roll it into a tight coil and keep going. Slice this into six large even pieces.
  • Place the rolls into the prepared baking dish and leaving about ½ inch of room between each. Cover the dish with cling film and leave to rise for 30 minutes in a warm area.
  • While the rolls rise, place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 180C.
  • Remove cling film and bake the rolls for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown, puffed, and bubbling. Leave to cool ever so slightly.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the icing sugar & the milk. Drizzle over warm rolls and enjoy with several cups of coffee.