Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Amazing Cinnamon Rolls

I'm so excited to share with you this amazing cinnamon rolls recipe! I discovered this recipe at "The Pioneer Woman" several months ago and and I've been making this on special occasions. Everyone loves these cinnamon rolls. I made these for my husband's work party last night and it was a hit! The only change I've made from the original recipe is the amount of butter. I add a lot less than the Pioneer Woman says but the rolls still turn out amazing. Still makes buttery and soft dough. You may choose to add more butter. 

You may be overwhelmed when you see the recipe because it looks complicated and takes a long time make the rolls but let me tell you, it's not that complicated and yes, it does take a little while to make them but it's totally worth it! If you want to impress your boyfriend, girlfriend, or your roommates, or anyone, you have to make these. They will love you! My husband loves me! And my little baby boy.... he's had three rolls already and begging me for more!

My favorite part about these rolls is definitely the dough. The dough is so soft and flaky - almost a texture of nice, warm dinner rolls. Every bite is seriously mouthwatering and heavenly. 

Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted and changed from The Pioneer Woman

Printable Recipe

Ingredients and direction:

1 quart whole milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar

Mix whole milk, oil, and sugar in a saucepan. "Scald" the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Remove from heat and let cool for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the mixture is lukewarm (about 120 - 130 degrees F)

2 packages active dry yeast

When the mixture is lukewarm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in both packages of yeast. Let this sit for a minute or two.

8 + 1 cup all purpose flour

Add 8 cups of flour and stir in together. (The mixture will be moist. Don't add more than 8 cups of flour.) Cover and let rise for at least an hour.

1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 scant teaspoon baking soda
1 heaping tablespoon salt

Add 1 more cup of the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, and the salt. Stir in the mixture well. (At this point, you could cover the dough and refrigerate it until you need it, up to two days. Just make sure to punch down the dough if the dough rises.)

3-4 cubes melted butter (the original recipe calls for 3-4 cubes per dough (this recipe makes 2 doughs). I just didn't have the heart to use that much butter for each dough so I reduced it to 1 1/2 cubes per dough. It still turned out great and just right for me. But you could use more butter if you want.)
1 cup sugar
generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Sprinkle surface generously with flour. Take half the dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangle shape. Drizzle 1 1/2 cubes of melted butter (or more) over the dough, sprinkle sugar, and cinnamon.

Now starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Pinch the seam to the roll to seal it.

Spread 1 tablespoon butter in 7 round cake or pie pans, or in 2 large baking pans, the choice is yours. If you're using large pans, you might need more butter to coat the bottom. Make sure that the pans are foiled before buttered if they aren't already foiled.

Begin cutting rolls 3/4 to 1 inch thick and laying them in buttered pans. Repeat this process with the other half dough. Let the rolls rise for 30 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes.

1 bag powdered sugar (1 lb)
1 teaspoon maple flavoring (The original recipe calls for 2 teaspoons but I thought that was a bit too much. I also replaced it with 1 teaspoon vanilla and it was GOOD.)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix in all the ingredients in a medium bowl, and pour it over the baked cinnamon rolls.


Sook the Cook


  1. These look so delicious. I can easily eat 2 with my hot coffee. At first glance I thought you poured condensed milk on top. Condensed milk is my favourite. Would be fun to lick it.

  2. Hi Mary!

    ha ha condensed milk? actually, that would be pretty good with these rolls. :)

  3. Wow, look at the frosting!!!!! I'm drooling over your cinnamon rolls now!

  4. Hello,

    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
    We would like to add it to the

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy your recipes.

    Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
    and benefit from their exposure on

    To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use or just go to and click on "Add your site"

    Best regards,


  5. What do you mean by a cube of butter? Do you mean a stick,a quarter cup,an ounce?

  6. Ah, you use a lot of icing and that is how I like it!!

  7. These look insanely delicious!! You should submit them to Foodie Fans of the Pioneer Woman. You can catch the link on my post today. They would be perfect for the theme this week, which is breakfast/brunch recipes.

  8. Would you look at that glorious icing -- gosh I am such a sucker for cinnamon rolls especially when they have just come out of the oven...MMMMmm i want to eat the whole pan and I totally just drooled on myself. -_-

  9. Anonymous-

    By cubes, I meant sticks. Sorry for the confusion.

  10. Well, doggonnit! I was gonna make these! I still will, but I'll pick something different. I love cinnamon rolls and have never made my own. But, I've been eyeing Ms. Ree's famous cinnamon rolls. Yours look fabulous, and I like the adaptions. Thanks for submitting this to our roundup.

  11. These look great, I like how you used a pie tin to shape the entire thing into a circle, looks so much better that way. Thanks for sharing, I now want to make this for tomorrow with my coffee

  12. I am so drooling! But I noticed most of your recipes are for such big helpings! How do you even managed to finish so much food?

  13. Jeannie-
    Like I said, I usually make these on special occasions for gatherings or parties. I made these for my husband's work party so I just kept one pan. :) But I've halved this recipe before and it turned out wonderfully. When I make these, I take several pans to my in-laws (they have four boys!) and friends. And they love me when I do! :)

  14. hoooooo so creamy and yumm.........Great recipe, merry christmas

  15. Wowee! I love cinnamon rolls, there is so many good recipes out there but this looks amazing!! After I made my apple pie rolls, it's hard to go back to actual cinnamon rolls :-)

  16. CaSaundra-
    I will have to check out your apple pie rolls! That sounds unique and good!

  17. I've made these babies- oh so tasty. Yours are beautiful!

  18. Hi Cristie-
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Isn't this recipe so awesome??

  19. This looks so delicious! I've been meaning to make Ree's buns but was intimidated. Thanks for making them and convincing me that it is possible!

  20. Hey Joanne-

    This recipe looks complicated but really isn't. The only problem you might have is that it makes such big servings so you might either want to halve the recipe or when you make them, take them to your friends or family. That's what I do. :)

  21. Ooh they look really delicious. Thanks for sharing! I m going to make them soon!