These are the BEST easy homemade cinnamon rolls ever! They’re rich, moist, soft, and fluffy. This recipe is essentially a one-bowl recipe, requires simple ingredients that you may already have at home, and is completely done by hand. Enjoy these pillowy rolls for breakfast, a snack, or a cozy dessert.
The secret to fluffy and pillowy cinnamon rolls
The secret to making these soft and pillowy homemade cinnamon rolls is to use double the amount of yeast. Yes, with double the amount of yeast we will get those fluffy and puffed-up rolls with tiny air pockets throughout the dough.
The best way to cut homemade cinnamon rolls
Ok. So, these rolls have the softest and squishiest texture ever. That’s why we need to be very gentle when cutting the dough into rolls. The best and easiest way is to use a string of unflavored floss or a thin sewing thread.
For the floss, grab a piece about 10 inches long. Cut off both uneven ends. Do this by placing the floss under the log, then carefully pull the two ends of the floss up and over the log, crossing over each other and pulling through to cut the log. Divide and cut the log into six equal pieces.
If you don’t have any, you can also use a sharp knife and gently saw back and forth. Avoid cutting down the dough because it may potentially squish the dough.
Top tips for easy homemade cinnamon rolls
- Activate the yeast – A good quality dry, active yeast will make your cinnamon rolls rise and have that soft and fluffy texture. We apply the yeast to the melted and warm milk and butter mixture. If the milk and butter are too hot, or too cold, the yeast won’t activate. To know when the temperature is right, use your finger to feel how warm it is. It should feel as warm as your body temperature. If it’s too hot, let it cool for a couple of minutes.
- Mixing and kneading – Gradually add the dough into the dry ingredients, by adding ½ cup of flour at a time, stirring as you go. By doing this, you are gradually hydrating the flour without overworking it. Keep adding ½ cup of flour at a time until your mixture is not sticky anymore. At this point, transfer your dough into a heavily floured surface and start kneading. Stop kneading once your dough ball feels smooth and light. Do not overmix, otherwise, your cinnamon rolls may end up dry and dense.
- Smooth filling – To keep the bowls and utensil use at its bare minimum, we’ll apply the filling ingredients right on the surface of the dough before rolling. To make this possible, make sure your butter is at room temperature and spreadable.
- Smooth icing – For the icing to be smooth and silky, we need the butter and the cream cheese to be at room temperature and spreadable. This icing is made by hand because of how smooth room temperature ingredients are.
- Ice your easy homemade cinnamon rolls – The best time to apply the icing is when the rolls are fresh and warm out of the oven. The rolls soak in the icing by melting into the swirls, creating a soft and gooey texture.
How to store
These easy homemade cinnamon rolls are best if made and enjoyed fresh and warm but can be gently reheated in the microwave.
Room temperature: cover the dish in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to three days. Since cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed warm, reheat them in a microwave-safe dish for 10 seconds and enjoy!
Fridge: store leftover rolls in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days. Reheat in a microwave-safe dish for 10 seconds and enjoy!
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