Soft, Easy Cinnamon Rolls

These easy cinnamon rolls are so soft, sweet and yeasty with the warm spice of cinnamon they are a mouth watering taste sensation. Waking up to the amazing smell and flavor of these homemade pastries is absolutely unbelievable. Not only are they simply scrumptious but they are easy to make too!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls
Easy Cinnamon Rolls

I like to make these easy cinnamon rolls for special occasions. I recently made them for our Easter breakfast and will sometimes make a batch to take with us on a camping trip. 

They are also great to have if you are having company over. This is especially a great idea because they are so easy to make. You can actually make them ahead of time if needed and pull out of the fridge and cook when you need them.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

To make my Soft & Scrumptious Easy Cinnamon Rolls you start by whisking together flour, yeast, 1/4 cup sugar and salt. Next you will add the water, egg and olive oil and gently mix.

Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours. Use dough right away or refrigerate for later. You can also let it rise on the counter overnight and then use in the morning.

Let easy cinnamon roll dough rise
Let easy cinnamon roll dough rise

There are two tricks to rolling out your dough. Number one make sure to use enough flour so it doesn’t stick to your counter or rolling pin. Number two be gentle and just try to roll out a little bit at a time. 

Without smashing the bubbles out of the dough place it on your surface. Gently pull out the corners of the dough the roll out little by little. Continue to roll, stopping to pull out the corners as you go until you have a 12 by 18 inch approximate rectangle. Your dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.

Melt your butter over low heat then spread over dough using a silicone brush or the back of a spoon. Leave about 1/2 and inch at the top free of butter, sugar and cinnamon so it will help seal up the edge of the rolls.

Spread melted butter over
Spread melted butter over

Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon over the dough. Then spread the raisins over as well. 

Sprinkle on sugar, cinnamon and raisins

Roll up the dough starting at the bottom edge and rolling a little bit at a time across the length. 

Roll up a little at a time
Roll up a little at a time

Cut into 1 1/2 inch thick pieces using a flat metal spatula or a pasty cutter.

Cut into 1 1/2 inches slices
Cut into 1 1/2 inches slices

Then place cut side up in an un-greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Let rise in a warm pace for about 20 minutes if using fresh dough. If you are using refrigerated dough let the rolls rise for 40 to 60 minutes. 

Let cinnamon rolls rise
Let rise

Another alternative is to cover rolls at this point and without letting them rise, place in the refrigerator overnight or until you plan on baking them. They will rise in the refrigerator overnight.

Then bake and enjoy!

Easy Cinnamon Roll
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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

These easy cinnamon rolls are so soft, sweet and yeasty with the warm spice of cinnamon they are a mouth watering taste sensation. Waking up to the amazing smell and flavor of these homemade pastries is absolutely unbelievable. Not only are they simply scrumptious but they are easy to make too!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon, pastry, vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 Tb. Yeast or 1 yeast packet
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/4 cup Lukewarm water
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Raisins optional

Instructions

  • Whisk together flour, yeast, 1/4 cup sugar and salt. Add water, egg and olive oil. Gently mix until all the dry ingredients are mixed in. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours. Use dough right away or refrigerate for later. You can also let it rise on the counter overnight and then use in the morning.
  • Dust your work surface with flour. Without smashing the bubbles out of the dough place it on your surface and sprinkle with more flour. Gently pull out the corners of the dough the roll out little by little until you have a 12 by 18 inch approximate rectangle. Your dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Melt butter over low heat then spread over dough using a silicone brush or the back of a spoon. Leave about 1/2 and inch at the top free of butter, sugar and cinnamon so it will help seal up the rolls. Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon over the dough. Then spread the raisins over as well.
  • Roll up the dough starting at the bottom edge and rolling a little bit at a time across the length.
  • Cut into 1 1/2 inch thick pieces. Then place cut side up in an un-greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Let rise in a warm pace for about 20 minutes if using fresh dough. If you are using refrigerated dough let the rolls rise for 40 to 60 minutes.
  • Another alternative is to cover the rolls at this point and without letting them rise, place in the refrigerator overnight or until you plan on baking them. They will rise in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375º. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown on the top. Let cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Frost with vanilla icing, if desired.
  • This will make about 12 to 16 cinnamon rolls.
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Vanilla Icing

Delicious vanilla butter icing for cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes and more.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosting, icing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Milk or water
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together until creamy and smooth. If it is too thin add a little more powdered sugar, 2 Tbs. at a time until it is the desired consistency. Spread over cinnamon rolls. This icing is a delicious way to decorate cookies or other treats as well.

Also check out my creamy homemade ranch dressing recipe!

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