Easy One Hour Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Try Easy One Hour Cinnamon Rolls Recipe for soft, delicious, ooey gooey homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing in just 1 hour time!




Cinnamon Sugar Filling

Cream Cheese Icing


  • First begin preparing your dough by melting 1/2-stick unsalted butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for 40-45 seconds, or until melted. Pour into a medium size bowl and set aside.
  • Next, heat milk in the same small microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds. Add to butter mixture, and stir in sugar and yeast packet until dissolved. Cover with a tea cloth/towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • While you are waiting for your dough to activate, preheat your oven to the lowest setting (mine is 170 degrees F)
  • After 10 minutes, remove towel and add in 1 egg, salt, and vanilla extract. Next, begin adding in flour in 1/2 cup increments, folding in with a spatula until combined. *If easier, you can use your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour. The dough should be soft and slightly tacky, but not too sticky.
  • Form dough into a round ball in the bowl and cover with a tea cloth. Turn your oven OFF and place covered dough in the warm oven to proof for 10 minutes.
  • While your dough is proofing, begin preparing your cinnamon sugar filling. In a medium size mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to combine softened butter, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until combined. Set aside.
  • Once dough has proofed for 10 minutes, remove towel and place dough on a large pastry mat or a clean, lightly greased or floured surface to roll out. Use a rolling pin and roll the dough to form a 14″ x 18″ rectangle and 1/4″ thick.
  • Next, begin preheating oven to 350 degrees and use an offset spatula to spread the cinnamon sugar butter mixture on your dough almost to the edges.
  • Starting with the short side towards you, tightly roll vertically away from you to form a log. (see photos in post for reference)
  • Once rolled, use a dough scraper or knife to pre-mark the dough for cutting. First, pre-mark the dough in half, then pre-mark half of those halves, and lastly pre-mark three slices in each section for a total of 12 even cinnamon rolls. Once your slices are pre-marked, use a serrated edge knife to cut each slice. Use slow, back and forth sawing motions for the cleanest cuts, and make sure you don’t press down too hard or the filling will seep out.
  • Next, place cinnamon rolls in a 9×13 baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the cinnamon rolls are a light golden brown.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire cooling rack.
  • While cinnamon rolls are cooling, prepare your cream cheese icing. Use an electric hand mixer to  combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk (1 tbsp at a time) in a medium size mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth and continue adding milk until desired icing consistency is reached. (Add more milk for a thinner drizzle, and less for a thicker icing)
  • Spread cream cheese icing on warm cinnamon rolls, serve, and enjoy!
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Storage Instructions

Store leftover cinnamon rolls, tightly covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you don’t plan to eat them that quickly, I would store covered in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave, or freeze as directed in the freezing instructions below.

Freezer Instructions

To Freeze Unfrosted, Baked Cinnamon Rolls (Whole Pan):

Bake, cool completely, tightly wrap with plastic wrap, and freeze the entire pan. When ready to eat, thaw at room temperature and bake in the oven covered with aluminum foil for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool and add icing.

To Freeze Unfrosted, Baked Cinnamon Rolls (Individual):

Bake, cool completely, tightly wrap each cinnamon roll individually with plastic wrap, and place in a freezer safe bag. When ready to eat, place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until cinnamon rolls are warm. Let cool and add icing.

To Freeze Unbaked Cinnamon Rolls (Whole Pan):

Prepare dough, slice, and place in pan. Tightly wrap entire pan with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for up to 3 months, or once rolls have frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag. When ready to bake, thaw at room temperature for 1-2 hours and bake in the oven as directed, reducing the baking time to 18-22 minutes. Let cool and add icing.

To Freeze Frosted, Baked Cinnamon Rolls:

Bake, cool completely, and place individual cinnamon rolls in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until warm. *Do note that since these are pre-frosted, the icing will melt. They’ll still taste great, they just won’t look the same. 🙂

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