Easy Single Rise Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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Making cinnamon rolls can often take hours of preparation but with this recipe, you can have fresh homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch in a little over a hour. Yep, that’s right, just about 1 hour from start to finish with no fancy ingredients or equipment. Bring that oh-so-delicious smell of holiday in your home be it for breakfast, a guilty midnight snack or just because you’re craving some sweets with this single rise only cinnamon roll recipe.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 packet of instant dry yeast (very important to use the instant variety), contains about 2-3 teaspoons
  • 2 and ¾ up to 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (for the dough) plus another 3 tablespoons of butter for the filling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar for the dough
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar for the filling
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder for the filling (can be adjusted to taste)
  • Some baking sheet
  • Frosting (optional)


Let’s Start!

Make sure you got all the ingredients that you need at room temperature.

Over very low heat, warm the milk and add the butter for the dough, sugar and salt. Stir until well combined. You should be able to touch the mixture and it is important to simply make it lukewarm, not hot and do not boil.


Place the mixture in a mixing bowl and add the instant dry yeast and egg. Stir well until incorporated and everything is well blended.


Add the flour slowly at ½ cup per addition. Use the dough attachment of your mixture and stir well before adding the next batch.


Repeat until you have used up about 2 ¾ cups of flour and the dough is together and still a bit sticky. Save the remaining flour for dusting your table or counter top.


Place the dough on a floured surface. Let rest for about 5 minutes.


Roll it out into a rectangle about 13-14 inches long and 8 inches wide.


Brush with 3 tablespoons of remaining butter for the filling. You can melt the butter prior to this step or simply have it softened at room temperature to make it spreadable. Make sure to leave about an inch of unbuttered dough on all sides.


Sprinkle in the brown sugar and the cinnamon over the butter.


Start rolling until it forms a log.


Pinch the sides so the ‘log’ is secure. Cut off the ends to ensure all rolls are even. Cut the roll at ¾ to 1 inch thick slices.


Place the slices on a baking pan or tray. You can bake them individually by placing them at least 2 inches apart or make them all stick together by placing them less than an inch apart. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes and preheat the oven at 375F or about 190C. Bake in a preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes until browned.


Cool on a rack and add some frosting made from 1 cup powdered sugar and 3-4 tablespoons of water if wanted.


Enjoy your gooey cinnamon rolls made in just about an hour!



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