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Cinnamon Rolls

Friday, December 20, 2019

 

 

cinnamon rolls

**I’m re-posting my Cinnamon Roll recipe to the front page, after it was featured on The Kitchn today. I’ve included the sweet dough recipe and an option to print the recipe below. **

I’m posting the cinnamon roll recipe from my book here today, as many of you have been looking for it after the Pancake Princess declared it winner of her Cinnamon Roll Bake Off (yay!). I had the rolls in a different form here, but since the recipe was on several other sites and I had so many questions about where to find it and how to make them, I now have it here for you. 

TROUBLESHOOTING: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about these cinnamon rolls! Here are answers to a few of the most common questions:

1. How do I fold the dough? I’ve just included a GIF below of the folding process, which shows how to do it.

2. Why do I fold the dough? Folding the dough helps improve the dough’s structure, ensures gluten will form, and makes it easier to handle.

3. What if I don’t have instant yeast? You can still use active yeast. Active dry yeast is a little different than instant in that it used to be made with larger granules and needed to be dissolved first. However, most yeast made today has similar sized granulates, so you can skip this step. It should be fine to use the active yeast in the recipe as written. If you are worried about it, you could dissolve the yeast in the warm milk instead of adding it to the flour mixture. Red Star Yeast has a great FAQ page troubleshooting yeast here. You can read more about the difference in yeast here.

4. Is the dough supposed to be this sticky after mixing? YES! It is. The directions call for it to be chilled after mixing, which will help with the rolling out process. If you don’t chill the dough, it will be hard to roll out.

5. What if I don’t have all-purpose flour? Bread flour is a fine substitution, but the texture will be slightly different, and not as fluffy. Whole wheat flour will make the rolls more dense, and you may need to add more liquid to the dough. 

6. Can I add more cinnamon flavor? Of course! I sometimes use 3/4 cup brown sugar and 4 teaspoons cinnamon for the filling.

7. Can I shape the buns and let them rise overnight in the fridge? Yes! There are directions below on how to do so (this step still requires that the dough be chilled first before rolling).

8. Can I freeze the baked buns? If you want to bake the buns and freeze them, you can. Once cooled, wrap them in plastic, and then place them in a freezer bag for up to 2 weeks. Thaw, warm, and then coat with icing. They may not be as soft and tender as fresh-baked buns.

9. Can I substitute something else for the honey? I honestly haven’t tried it, and the ratios may have to be adjusted somewhat when changing out sugar-y liquids. You can check out this link for trying maple syrup instead. Here is another link for substituting other liquids

10. Can I use other egg sizes beside large? Yes. Check out this egg size conversion chart for replacing egg sizes.

11. Why do I knead the dough straight from the fridge and then let it rest again?  Kneading the dough a few times (10 to 12, as indicated in the recipe) helps wake the gluten up; there is a lot of butter in this dough which can get in the way, so sometimes it needs a little help. Then covering it and letting it rest for 20 minutes before rolling it will help the gluten relax so it is easier to roll.

cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls

 

Cinnamon Rolls
From my book, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

Notes: The dough can be cut into 8, 10, or 12 pieces, depending on your preferred size. Add a few minutes to the baking time for larger-size buns.

I like my cinnamon rolls super soft and gooey, so I put a thin layer of the icing over them while they are still very warm. The icing melts into the warm rolls, eliminating any hard corners or edges. If you prefer a little crispy crunch to your cinnamon rolls, you can wait until they have cooled and then top them with all the icing. And if you need to eat them warm, go ahead and smother them with all the icing right from the oven.

You don’t have to use a 9 x 13-inch baking pan here; you can get creative if you’d like. I often use this round 10-inch pan for baking the cinnamon rolls or this 5 quart braiser. You could also bake them on a half sheet pan lined with parchment. 

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Dough
4 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup whole milk, warm (100-110F)
1/4 cup honey
4 cups (568g) all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks | 142g) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces

Filling
1/2 cup (99g) packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons (29g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Icing
8 tablespoons (1 stick | 113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces (114g) cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (113g) confectioners’ sugar

For the dough
Grease a large bowl.

In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the eggs, milk, and honey.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, mix the flour, yeast, and salt and stir on low to combine. Add the egg mixture and mix on low to combine. With the mixer on low, add the butter, one piece at a time. When all the butter has been added, increase the speed to medium and beat the butter into the dough, until all the little butter pieces are incorporated, 1 minute. Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl. The dough will be very sticky and you will need a spatula to scrape the dough into the bowl.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Place your fingers or a spatula underneath the dough and gently pull the dough up and fold it back over itself. Turn the bowl and repeat this folding again. Continue 6 to 8 more times, until all the dough has been folded over on itself. Re-cover the bowl with plastic and let rise for 30 minutes. Repeat this series of folding 3 more times, for a rise time of 2 hours and a total of 4 foldings (see the GIF above on how to do this folding). Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 72 hours.

To Assemble
Flour a work surface and knead the cold Sweet Dough 10 to 12 times (see troubleshooting above for why). Shape the dough into a ball, cover the top lightly with flour, and cover with a tea towel and let come to room temperature. 

Grease a 9×13-inch pan; if desired, line with parchment paper (this makes for easier cleanup). 

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

Roll the dough into a 16 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the top, pressing it lightly into the butter so it adheres. Starting at a long side, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Pinch the seam gently to seal it and position the dough seam side down. Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut the dough into 12-equal pieces. Transfer the pieces to the prepared pan and place them cut side up. Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Remove the plastic and bake 27 to 32 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the rolls are golden brown. While the rolls are baking, prepare the icing. 

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Using an offset spatula or table knife, apply a thin layer of the cream cheese icing, using about one-third of the mixture. Let the rolls cool for another 15 to 20 minutes. Top with the rest of the icing and serve. 

For the icing
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and salt and mix on low to combine. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix on medium until the icing is light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. 

For overnight cinnamon rolls
Prepare the rolls (roll out dough, fill them, roll them up, cut them, and put them in the prepared pan, but do not let rise for 1 1/2 hours as stated above) then cover them loosely with plastic and refrigerate for up to 18 hours. When ready to bake, preheat the oven, and let the rolls sit at room temperature (still covered in plastic) for 30-45 minutes. Bake as directed (they make take slightly longer to bake). 

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    Renee
    Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I made your cinnamon rolls for Christmas this year and told my family it was an ultimate expression of my love. I look forward to making this many more times and hopefully improving on my technique!

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    Natalie
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    These cinnamon rolls are stunning! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Melissa Boley
    Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Can you clarify on the make ahead instructions…do you let them rise before refrigeration? Or once the come up to room temp? There is an hour and 1/2 rise from regular instructions, I don’t see in make ahead! (Take breakfast to hs boys swim team at 6:30 am so wanted to know when to get rolls out to bake.)

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      Sarah
      Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Hi Melissa – After mixing the dough, you let it rise for 2 hours (first rise). Then, put the rolls together (roll, cut, put in pan) and put them in the refrigerator overnight (second rise). In the morning, let the rolls come to room temperature, and then bake. Some people do bake them without letting them come to room temperature in the morning (since they have been slow-rising all night in the refrigerator), but I always give them some time to warm up before popping them in the oven. Let me know if anything here isn’t clear! I’ll go back and make the directions more detailed.

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        Leah Arthur
        Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm

        Hmmm. It says after mixing to refrigerate overnight, THEN assemble, bake. But, to save time in the morning, I’m going to assemble the night before, then bake in the morning.

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          Sarah
          Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

          That will work! The dough is refrigerated overnight because it is very sticky, and this makes it easier to work with. I would recommend chilling it for at least 2 hours before rolling it out.

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        AliRizz
        Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 11:05 am

        Fantastic way to celebrate a holiday! I appreciated the opportunity to stay in the moment and ‘Be Here Now’ over the process.enjoying every morsel!

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    Margot
    Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I finally made them and they were fabulous! I refrigerated the dough for several days, but I like the suggestion above for making ahead too. I just emailed the pancake princess to tell her her next bake-off should be chocolate cake. Yours is my current favorite.

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      Caitlin
      Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      For some reason I have been unable to leave a comment so I am hoping this works! Would I be able to freeze these rolls at any point in the process and then thaw and bake?

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    Caitlin
    Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    These look beautiful and are on my list to make. Is this a recipe you could freeze at any point in the process and then defrost in order to back and if so, when? I would love to make these travel friendly to bring up to a family trip. Thank you!! 🙂

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    Caitlin
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:44 am

    These look amazing! I would love to make these potentially more travel friendly if possible. Would I be able to freeze these at any point in the process (before or after baking)? Would that ruin the integrity of the dough? Thank you—would love to take these on an upcoming tip and have most of the work done beforehand!!

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    Jamie Scarlett
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Oh these cinnamon rolls look incredible, something I have eaten rather a few of yet never made. Over the moon to come across your recipe. I know what I will be baking this Sunday. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to reading more of your delicious recipes.

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    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:09 am

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    Sharon Rausch
    Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I can hear good sound thank you so much for sharing nice post.

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    Rachel
    Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Any thoughts on if these could these be frozen unbaked for later baking? I would like to make them for an event in a couple of weeks and only have time to make the dough this weekend.

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    Katherin
    Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:36 am

    looks like simple recipe will try! nice post

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    Danielle
    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Cant wait to make them!!!!

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    Kassidee
    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Is there a way to print the recipe?

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      Yes! Under the recipe notes there is a link to print the recipe.

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    Phyllis
    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:22 am

    The best way to cut rolls is with dental floss! I would never use a knife. My caramel rolls are famous with my family. I have made hundreds. I have cinnamon caramel rolls, orange rolls and orange cranberry rolls in the freezer waiting for my family at Christmas!

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    Janet Williams
    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Can these be successfully made without a stand mixer? I would love to have a go but I don’t have a mixer

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      You can make them without a stand mixer, but it will take awhile to knead the butter into the dough by hand. It will eventually work into the dough. 🙂

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        Chelsea Strachan
        Monday, April 13, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        would you suggest using a hand mixer if you have? or do it by hand if you dont have a stand mixer.

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          Emma
          Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:20 am

          A hand mixer would NOT be able to handle combining this dough. You can knead it by hand– just work those arm muscles!

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    trish mancuso
    Friday, December 20, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    If I am to do the bulk fermentation overnight am I to do the stretch and folds before putting the bread into the fridge?

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Fold the dough over itself, then let the dough rise for 2 hours. Place it in the fridge, and let it chill for at least two hours or overnight (the dough is very sticky, and this helps with the rolling and cutting). Then, roll, fill, and shape the dough, put them in the prepared pan and then put them in the refrigerator over night (they do not rise again at room temperature). This way you can hold them overnight and bake them in the morning – they will get their second rise slowly in the refrigerator.

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    Gaytrie
    Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Dear sarah congrats !!! Im a little confused by how to make the overnight rolls. I live in holland! U mean first make the dough and : with these steps:::
    Place your fingers or a spatula underneath the dough and gently pull the dough up and fold it back over itself. Turn the bowl and repeat this folding again. Continue 6 to 8 more times, until all the dough has been folded over on itself. Re-cover the bowl with plastic and let rise for 30 minutes. Repeat this series of folding 3 more times, for a rise time of 2 hours and a total of 4 foldings. And after this do this:::Prepare the rolls (roll out dough, fill them, roll them up, cut them, and put them in the prepared pan, but do not let rise for 1 1/2 hours as stated above) then cover them loosely with plastic and refrigerate for up to 18 hours.

    My point is do u need to fold the dough on itself and let it rise or not rise and put it in the frigde for 18 hours. Thxxx

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      Fold the dough over itself, then let the dough rise for 2 hours. Place it in the fridge, and let it chill for at least two hours or overnight (the dough is very sticky, and this helps with the rolling and cutting). Then, roll, fill, and shape the dough, put the in the prepared pan and let them rise again at room temperature. Bake and serve. You can also roll, fill, shape the dough, then put them in the refrigerator over night (they do not rise again at room temperature). This way you can hold them overnight and bake them in the morning – they will get their second rise slowly in the refrigerator.

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    Abby
    Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 7:28 am

    These cinnamon rolls are just dreamy, Sarah, I looove. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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    Leah Tax
    Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 10:59 am

    We just had these cinnamon rolls and they were everything we hoped they would be. I am so thankful for this recipe. We will make this every year!

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them!!

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    Nancy
    Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 11:36 am

    You recipe says 4 cups of flour or 568 grams, but I generally use King Arthur’s All-Purpose flour, which they peg at 120 grams per cup, which would be 480 grams for 4 cups of flour. 568 grams of King Arthur’s all-purpose flour would be closer to 4 3/4 cups. Any suggestions on how much flour I should use? Should I try splitting the difference between the 480 grams and the 568 grams?

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      The 568 grams is correct – my cup of flour weight is different than King Arthurs. There isn’t a consistent gram/ounce weight for flour among bakers (which can be annoying) – it can range anywhere from 115 to 150, depending on the baker. Mine is at the higher end of the scale. King Arthur’s all-purpose is also a higher protein flour, which can sometimes result in baked goods turning out slightly different (I don’t foresee that here, with yeasted dough, but for cookies and cakes it can sometimes make a difference).

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        Jon
        Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 10:07 pm

        So even if using King Arthur’s, we should use 568g? Excited to make this!

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    Kathy
    Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Can you use bread flour? Thanks!

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      I always make them with all-purpose, but bread flour should work. But since it does have more protein in it, they won’t be quite as light and fluffy.

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    Bella
    Monday, December 23, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Hi!
    Do you have to have a stand mixer? Can we mix it by hand? Thank you!

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      You could make these without a stand mixer – you will need to knead the butter in by hand, which will take awhile. But it will eventually work into the dough.

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    Cari
    Monday, December 23, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I DIE!! These are worth the work and worth the wait. Do yourself a favor and make them right flipping now.

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      I’m so glad you like them! Thanks for coming back and leaving a lovely comment. 🙂

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    Marianne
    Monday, December 23, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Glass or metal pan????? Making these now to have Christmas morning

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      Sarah
      Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      You can use either! Dark metal bans will brown the buns more – I prefer a light metal pan if going that route.

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    Laurie Junker
    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Can I get away with less than an overnight-72 hour rise? I’m making the dough this morning and will follow folding steps through the 2 hour rise but then I only have maybe 4 hours in the fridge before I’d like to prepare them for the overnight method. Thanks,

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Yes – The dough is sticky, so chilling it overnight helps make it easier to work with. But 4 hours is just fine!

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        Laurie Junker
        Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:17 pm

        Great recipe! I’ve made a lot of “overnight” rolls and they’re always a little dry. Not these. I made the dough yesterday morning, let rise then rested in fridge until evening, rolled out and put in greased pan before bed and then this morning let rise for an hour and baked. Soft and fluffy and moist. Thank you!

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        Andrea
        Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3:16 pm

        Can i use active dry yeast instead of instant active yeast!?? Thank you

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    Kati Johnson
    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Can I use a dough hook on my stand mixer to knead/fold the dough during the 2-hour rise? Thank you!

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      The folding isn’t too intense – it’s just folding the dough over itself to help create a tighter crumb. The dough hook will work the dough too much.

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    John
    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Please put more ads on this page and make finding the recipe more difficult.

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      The ads are there to help pay for all the website expenses. If you click on the ‘PRINT RECIPE’ link you can view the recipe without ads. Have a merry Christmas.

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        Kendall
        Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        Hi ,

        Can I use half oil half butter, to make the dough more moist?

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      Nicole
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      ew, so negative. how about a thank you to the author for taking the time to write out and post a free recipe.

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      Linda
      Monday, December 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      Dear John, one should not complain when you are getting something worth having for free. Happy New Year!

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    Samantha
    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    If your’re doing the make ahead version do you still do the fold and let rise for 30 mins x4?

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      Yes! You do let the dough rise for 2 hours at room temperature after mixing it. Roll, fill, cut and put in the prepared pan, then let the rolls rise overnight in the fridge.

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    Jenny
    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Dear Sarah, I just made this for my family over the past 2 and a half days and they are INCREDIBLE. So delicious and really great recipe – great results despite only having a handmixer 🙂 Happy holidays!

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      I’m so glad you liked the cinnamon rolls! Thank you for stopping by and letting me know. Happy Holidays!

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    Tina
    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Hi! Trying to make this recipe and am at the step that calls for kneading the dough 10-12 times and forming into a ball. It is super sticky and I’m not sure how to troubleshoot this. Would be helpful to have step-by-step photos so we know what the dough is supposed to look like along the way. But in the meantime, what do I do with this sticky dough?!

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Tina – Did you chill the dough like the recipe calls for? The dough is very sticky after it rises and chilling it overnight helps make it easier to work with. If you didn’t chill the dough (if you can’t do it overnight, I recommend at least 2 hours), you will need to use a lot of flour to help it roll out. I do have step by step instructions on folding the dough in my cookbook, where the recipe is originally from, but it shouldn’t be crazy sticky if it has been properly chilled.

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        Tina
        Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm

        Wow! Totally didn’t expect you to respond on Christmas Eve, but thank you so much! I put the dough back in and waited until the morning to roll it out – this time with a lot of flour as you had mentioned and it all worked out perfectly! Thanks again! Merry Christmas!

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        May
        Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 6:14 am

        I had the same problem, so i kneaded the dough to see if the stickyness would go.. i hope i read the comments before doing that. i did not use a lot of flour when i tried to roll. popped it back in the fridge now to chill for a few hours. i hope i did not overwork the dough..??

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    Lan Whitley
    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It just looks so wonderful , I was about to go to bed and had to get up to make this. I was getting ready to make the dough but realized I don’t have instant yeast, I only have active dry yeast. Can you please tell me what I need to do differently with active dry yeast and if I need to adjust the amount of yeast?

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 11:32 pm

      Hello! You won’t need to adjust the amount of yeast. Active dry yeast is a little different than instant in that it used to be made with larger granules and needed to be dissolved first. However, most yeast made today has similar sized granulates, so you can skip this step. It should be fine to use the active yeast in the recipe as written. (You can read more about the difference in yeast here: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2015/09/25/active-dry-yeast ) If you are worried about it, you could dissolve the yeast in the warm milk instead of adding it to the flour mixture.

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    Super Dad
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Just enjoyed these on Christmas morning – the dough is absolutely amazing and the icing is perfect. I made these yesterday and set them out overnight and they came out great. My only comment is that there wasn’t enough cinnamon flavor for us. I used about 3/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Maybe add some cinnamon to the dough dry ingredients and up the cinnamon in the sugar mixture. I’d also brush on a little more butter. Regardless, these are absolutely delicious and worth every bit of effort!

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    Caren
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Thank you- they came out perfect and made our Christmas breakfast a huge success. My first homemade cinnamon rolls could not have been better.

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    Brad
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Wow, these worked great!! Thank you!

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    Amy
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 10:17 am

    First time ever leaving a comment on a recipe, but dang, these deserve it. Absolutely perfect. Ratios all perfect, and now riding on a sugar high for the rest of Christmas day! No need to change a thing!

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    Mark
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Merry Christmas! Great recipe, they turned out beautiful and scrumptious. 17 minute bake was all that mine needed. Thank you!

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    Molly Moran
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I made them this morning for Christmas, and they were the best I’ve ever had. I own a retail shop, so this time of year is particularly hectic for me. It was great to have a recipe that I could make in advance that came out so beautifully this morning. Thank you!

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    Breanna
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Turned out pretty well but there was definitely not enough cinnamon filling. The fluffy bread and heavy icing overpowered what should have been gooey, cinnamon-y deliciousness. I will definitely double the cinnamon and maybe add 50% more brown sugar next time.

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    Jessica
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    So delicious! Followed the recipe and it came out perfectly! I don’t think I could go back to store bought rolls again.

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    Carlie
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Merry Christmas!
    I was wondering if these can these be prepared as directed in the “overnight cinnamon rolls” version and then baked at a later date?

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    Carlie
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Sorry, I left out the most important part of my question.. I meant to ask: Can they be prepared, then FROZEN, to bake at a later date? Thank you

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    Peter
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I echo one of the previous comments that after following hundreds of “internet” recipes I have yet to leave a comment on one, but holy smokes these things are other worldly. I had to adjust the flour and baking time as we live at 7000 feet (which is normal for us). The instructions were spot on and clear and I got three thumbs ups from my wife and kids. Will be making these again for sure.

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      VIvi
      Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 am

      Could you give me your 7’k adjustments? I’m at that altitude too…

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    Christine L
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Wow! We loved them! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! I do have a quick question – do the leftover rolls need to be refrigerated because of the frosting?

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    Denise
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    These rolls are AMAZING..no, PHENOMENAL ? My family fell over on the deliciousness. Thank you so much for sharing..I hope to never loose this recipe. I made very simple modifications. I combined all ingredients for the filling making a paste, added a tsp of Cointreau and a tsp of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky (I’ve been experimenting with liqueurs lately?). Melted the paste and spread it on dough (smooth spread). Once rolls were placed in 10″ cast iron pan with parchment (love your suggestion regarding creativity. The presentation was beautiful) and ready to bake I poured a small amount of heavy cream over the top of the rolls and baked. My error was not turning pan while cooking..forgot. Your recipe on its own is magnificent! My mods didn’t improve upon it, just made it a different great! Thanks for sharing. (This is my first post ever. This recipe demanded an expression of gratitude).???

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    Annie
    Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 12:41 am

    My first cinnamon rolls! Such a great way to celebrate Christmas morning. I had doubts they would turn out but they did- these will be my go to on special days. Perfection! Thank you.

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    Floranet
    Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 2:43 am

    You rock with your writing!! Spectacular one for sure.

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    Angela
    Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I found your cinnamon roll recipe from the kitchn website. Someone affiliated with that website said yours are the best and that’s all they’ll make. I started the dough Christmas eve to make Christmas morning and OH MY GOSH these are the best cinnamon rolls. The dough is a little bit of work but so worth the effort! And your icing recipe… the perfect sweetness. Thank you so much for a great recipe!

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    Juliana
    Friday, December 27, 2019 at 7:32 am

    These were delicious: the rolls were a really great texture and flavour. I personally found them very very sweet and preferred them without any icing at all.

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      Juliana
      Friday, December 27, 2019 at 7:34 am

      I should add that I don’t have a mixer of any kind and did everything by hand and it worked perfectly.

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    Mrs. Blakely
    Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:40 am

    I am sorry, but CIndy Rahe bakery style cimminon rolls are my go to rolls. I have made these quite a lot and the dough is so soft and the frosting is very yummy. These will always be my go to cimminon rolls for the holidays and when my kiddos ask for them.

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      T juarez
      Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Just curious if you tried the recipe?

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    Brenda
    Friday, December 27, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Can I use a hand mixer. I dont have a mixer with a paddle

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    Beth R.
    Friday, December 27, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Saw this recipe on The Kitchn and decided to try. They are a bit more work than other recipes I have made but absolutely worth it! And the recipe is forgiving! I read the instructions as others and put the dough in the fridge to rise overnight. I pulled it out and let it rise 1 1/2 hours and then realized I should have assembled and let them have a final rise. They still worked. I assembled and let them rise another 30 minutes and they were perfect! Soft and pillowy, the perfect amount of sweetness. Everyone raves how good these were! I will make them again!

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    D obvious
    Friday, December 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I made these for Christmas.. Omg best yet. I have to confess I was skeptical about mixing the dry yeast without proofing it.. Am I pleased with this recipe.. So were my guests. Hands down best cinnabon clone I’ve tried.. I will to use this recipe from now on. They are so worth the fiddly dough folding.

    Ohh as an aside, I ran out of white flour and had to top up with 1 and 1/4 cups of whole wheat with no problem. In fact it adds additional texture to this ooooy goooy goodness.

    I also increased the butter smear on the inner layer and place a small dollop on the tops of each. This help the sugar and cinnamon would property caramelize. I find insufficient application tends to yield grainy sections to the filling.

    Topping the dish with the cream cheese icing, while warm, was a brilliant tip. It definitely prevented those dry bits of bun.

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    Ryan Gianos
    Friday, December 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Well, these rolls look quite lovely. I love a good cinnamon roll – especially when they are hot and fresh right out of the oven. Perfect with some cream cheese icing. Cheers!

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    T Juarez
    Monday, December 30, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    I just finished making these. They are delicious. I can see how some people may like more cinnamon filling. I rolled it out just a little too big and the filling didn’t cover it properly, but I didn’t add more and they came out great. I followed the recipe exactly and they are delicious. Now I know where I can add my own touches. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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    Nicole
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Hi hi, just bought your cookbook and it’s beautiful! I’m in the process of making the cinnamon rolls and I’m concerned. I’ve followed your recipe exactly but my dough doesn’t seem right. It’s not very sticky, even before the refrigeration overnight process. I just did the kneading part but it doesn’t…feel right. The dough looks more like it tears apart when I try to push it out. It’s hard to explain. Any thoughts on what’s going on with the dough? I’m going to forge on and see what happens

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    Steph
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Hi- I would love to make these for work but need to be there around 6am! To do the overnight that would mean getting up around 4:30! If I baked them the night prior, any way to heat them up the morning of to just refresh them? Would they still be good just as is the following am? Thanks!!

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    TZ
    Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    These are absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing. My family will be enjoying these on holiday mornings for years to come.

    I multiplied the filling by 1.5x just because it’s my favorite part and they came out great! The icing technique is a stroke of genius as well.

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    Isa
    Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    An absolute winner! I prepare the dough last night and left the buns to rise over night and these morning we had the most glorious rolls, they were huge and the dough was so fluffy and delicious, thank you for sharing , I’m so pleased with my effort!

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    Pawe? Taras
    Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Aww, I love cinnamon rolls! Need to try this recipe ASAP! Can I ask if maybe you know how much fresh yeast do I have to use for this recipe? I’m from Poland and I have to say, for me fresh yeast taste so much better and that yeasty taste is soo important, at least for me;)

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    Marlys
    Friday, January 10, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    How do I make these without a stand mixer?

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    Sea
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Your photo make me so hungry. It’s look like delicious

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    Dru Era Pvt Ltd
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 5:44 am

    These are totally fabulous! Much obliged to you such a great amount for sharing. My family will appreciate these on vacation mornings for quite a long time to come.

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    Andrea
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I have been in search of the best cinnamon roll recipe, and I am happy to report that I have found it in your recipe, Sarah. These rolls are easy to make and literally melt in your mouth! My family is in love and this will be my go-to for all occasions. There were no instructions to make, freeze and bake later, so I am experimenting. Thank you Sarah!

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    shahucart
    Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Hii,
    Awesome cinnamon rolls recipe,these are very delicious.

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    Terry
    Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Please excuse me if this already been asked in the 86 prior responses, but what kind of cinnamon do you use? TY.

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    Miriam
    Monday, February 10, 2020 at 11:35 am

    These are amazing! Cinnamon rolls are so much work I’m so happy to find a recipe that is worth the hastle. I’ve done it both ways, do the two hour rise then rest in fridge overnight before rolling and baking, and after two hour rise rolling and resting cut rolls in the fridge overnight before baking next morning, both are equally delicious. Dough is easier to work with chilled.

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    Linda
    Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I don’t have a paddle attachment on my mixer – just beaters and the dough hook. Any suggestions for mixing the butter in?

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    Kelley
    Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Omg! I think these are the best rolls I have ever made! I used bread flour instead of all purpose, but only because I had a lot of it from another recipe I tried. The sweet bread dough makes a big difference! Thank you so much!

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    Ruth
    Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Sarah!

    Thanks for your recipe, these buns are fab! I was hoping to make them for a potluck brunch. Do you think they would lose their magic soft pillowyness if I cut them to 20-24 (i.e. to make them mini sized?). Also, do you have a recommended baking time?

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    Kim
    Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! I’m just wondering if they are soft at room temperature or if they need to be warm to be soft. Thanks!

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    Sara
    Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Can you make a double batch all at one time or do you need to do it separately?

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    Tina
    Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:50 am

    This absolutely may be a long shot but as a kid we used to enjoy cinnamon rolls with nuts on the bottom. It wasn’t a caramel nut mixture, but some sort of sweet mixture that held the nuts to the bottom of the rolls. Oh how I long for these. Have you any suggestions?

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    Emmey
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Hmm Interesting, I’m wondaing my kids will love it or not! I’ll let you know about there thoughts. Thanks for sharing. .. Emmy

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    Layla
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:39 am

    For those wanting to spread out the work on this recipe, I made these over three days and that schedule worked well. Day 1 – made the dough, did the stretch and folds/initial room-temperature rise, then refrigerated. Day 2 – took the dough out of the fridge, rolled it out and did the filling, shaped the rolls and put them in the pan, then returned to fridge. Day 3 – took the rolls out of the fridge, left them at room temperature for 45 minutes, then baked, made the frosting, and finished everything.

    I was concerned that there wasn’t really much gluten development, both at the end of the stretch and folds and after I took the dough out of the fridge on the second day. The dough tore when I gently stretched it and definitely would not pass the windowpane test. However, in the end the rolls were fine. The drier parts (the edges touching the sides of the pan that didn’t get frosting on them) were a bit dense, but other than that the texture was good. I think a large part of the reason is the layer of frosting applied while the rolls are still warm. This is a great idea and guarantees nice soft rolls. I overbaked my rolls a little, and this saved them.

    However, I agree with those who said there isn’t enough filling. To me, these tasted more like sweet rolls with some cinnamon than cinnamon rolls. (And I was using good, fresh cinnamon.) Next time I would double the cinnamon, or maybe just make the filling from the Bravetart recipe, which uses twice as much cinnamon and 1.5 times as much brown sugar for the same number of rolls.

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    Madison Smith
    Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Preparing for a day of baking, this came in super handy! Thanks again!

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      Maya V
      Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Followed your recipe to the T, it was lots of work but worth it. It was crusty outside but tasty and soft inside. Not too sweet so my friend who is diabetic was very happy with it. But I agree with Layla, i’ll double the cinnamon sugar filling next time. Overall, it’s the best sweet dough I’ve made in 30 years, THANK YOU Vanilla Bean! Posted the pics in my FB (see Maya Mcmvalderrama). I’m inspired to try it next time with bacon, or dulce de leche. Can’t wait.

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    Sofia Kaur Batth
    Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Hi,
    I would love to know why don’t we mix the yeast in water and sugar before it gets mixed into the flour ? I have checked many recipes and in order to get the yeast activated they feed it with sugar or starch?!

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    Alissa
    Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Hello,
    Can fresh yeast be used in this recipe? If so, what is the measured equivalent to the active dry yeast and how/at what point would I incorporate?

    Excited to hear back!

    Alissa

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    Jeanny
    Monday, March 23, 2020 at 4:46 am

    SO excited to try this! I’m encouraged, but i must say the last cinnamon rolls i tried turned out like Pizza lol. I don’t own a stand mixer and wanted to know the general knead times to work with the dough, as it will be done by hand. Or what signs should i look for to know it’s a good to go? Thank you!

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    Melanie Batin
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I made these and realized I used active dry yeast, not instant… Will these still turn out? I’m going on my 3rd 30 min and fold the dough. Should I maybe leave it out longer before going into the fridge for up to 72 hours?

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      Stevie
      Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      I just did the same thing! I did not dissolve the yeast and my dough is not sticky at all. My friend made these a couple of months ago and it’s all my girls can talk about! Fingers crossed these work out.

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        Sarah
        Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        Did you add all 10 tablespoons of butter? The dough is on the drier side until the butter is added in.

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    Marshay
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Um are we supposed to bring the dough to room temperature before shaping? I did this per the instructions and ended up with cinnamon blobs rather than rolls after cutting. I do live in a hot climate however so I feel these probably should have been shaped while the dough was cold. That would also explain the hour and a half rising time as by having the dough at room temperature it only took 30-45 minutes to fully proof. Going to bake them and see how things turn out!

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    Renee
    Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Hoping to make these this week amidst the quarantine as a comfort food for both my roommate and I. I only have access to active dry yeast, however. Is there a reasonable substitution that will allow me to make these without instant yeast?

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    Elisa
    Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Hi there! Amazing recipe and truly the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever baked and had! Highly recommend.

    Sarah, can I use the dough from this recipe to make a babka? I love this dough so much it’s all I want to make and eat!

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    wendy
    Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:56 am

    hi! thought I’d make these to help keep my home Zen and cozy during this crazy time.
    Question- If I add pecans to the filling, will it have an adverse effect the rise and/ bake??

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    Sarah
    Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Hi!

    Can you give direction of how to make this with active dry yeast instead of instant yeast (it is all I could find at the store!).

    Thank you!

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      Mariana
      Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      I made them with active dry yeast and followed the recipe. They turned out amazing!

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    Jeni
    Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Hope this help… https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/6620-yeast-types

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    Violet
    Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 10:00 am

    I only have about 450g of all purpose flour but I do have whole wheat pastry flour…could I make up the difference with that? ?

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      Sarah
      Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      I think it would be fine! The rolls might be a little more dense due to the whole wheat, but they will still be delicious. 🙂

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    Jackie
    Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Hi there! Is it ok to substitute almond milk for whole milk in this recipe?

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      Sarah
      Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      I haven’t tried alternative milks in this recipe, but I think it would work just fine!

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    Elias
    Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Ridiculously good! I came across your blog for the first time yesterday. I decided to prep the dough last night and baked them this morning. I made eight giant rolls; completely filled every inch of my 9×13 pan. I was so happy that they tasted as good as they looked coming out of the oven. Whole family loved them. You have a whole new fan base in our home 🙂

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    Chris
    Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Sarah, if you didn’t have cream cheese how might you alter the frosting? Maybe some milk or heavy cream? More butter? Thanks!

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    Simone
    Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Made these for Easter breakfast. I agree with others that it needs much more filling. Mine rolled beautiful and were easy to make but baked up very dry. I’m not sure why this happened. I was so disappointed because they looked perfect.

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      Sarah
      Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      I’m sorry they turned out dry for you. Is it possible you overbaked them? I’ve never had the buns end up dry – the are always quite gooey with this filling.

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    Julie
    Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 10:47 am

    We made these for Easter Brunch – they were delicious! My kids even helped, they loved to see how to roll them. They took some time to prep but since we are under Coronavirus quarantine we’ve got nothing but time! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. We made an extra pan to drop off on a neighbors doorstep – can’t wait to share them.

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    Herb Quigley
    Monday, April 13, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Didn’t have any honey so I used homemade spruce tip syrup. Besides this substitute I followed recipe exactly. Oh man. Holy smokes. Best cinnamon rolls I ever had!

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    Kristen
    Monday, April 13, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Hi! I made these yesterday and they were so so wonderful. It was my first time working with yeast or making any kind of dough like this, and I was pretty proud of how well they turned out. I need some skill practice though and was hoping you could help me troubleshoot. I didn’t feel like the dough ever rose much in between the four folds, nor during the overnight refrigeration. Since they turned out well, I didn’t know if it even matters that I didn’t get much rise? Additionally, I had a really tough time kneading the next morning and then when rolling it out it was sort of elastic and would jump back. I finally got it into a big enough rectangle but my arms are were dead. Is this normal with dough or did I mess something up? Thanks for sharing this recipe, I am already anxious to make them again!

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    Stella
    Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Do you have to use whole milk? I only have 2%. Thanks!

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    Kristi
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    If I want to make half as many rolls, is it ok to cut all the measurements in half? Will ratio of yeast to other ingredients need to change?

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    Amy
    Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:43 am

    In the “To assemble” instructions it says “and if your dough has been refrigerated, cover with tea towel and let come to room temperature.” Does that mean I should knead the dough straight from the fridge while cold and then cover and let come to room temperature or let come to room temperature and then knead? Considering the previous step says it should be refrigerated overnight or up to 72 hours shouldn’t it be refrigerated. Thanks!

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      Sarah
      Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:51 am

      Yes, you do refrigerate it, and then knead it straight from the fridge. Kneading it a few times (10 to 12, as indicated in the recipe) helps wake the gluten up; there is a lot of butter in this dough which can get in the way, so sometimes it needs a little help. Then you cover it and let it rest for 20 minutes before rolling it – this helps the gluten relax and it will be easier to roll.

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        Betsy
        Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        I made these yesterday, and like a previous post, I’ve tried at least a dozen recipes over the years. This will be my go-to cinnamon roll recipe from now on! My husband has always compared my roll s with his grandmother’s and they never passed muster….until now. He said they were perfect. I did however adjust the filling using 1c brown sugar, 1/3 c. Butter and 2 T cinnamon. We like lots of filling in our rolls! Gave some to a friend this morning and she carried on and on how good they were. So glad I found this recipe. Thank you so much!!

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        May Iae Lyn Bejare
        Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 6:29 am

        Hi Sarah,

        I did this step and let it rest till room temp before trying to roll. The dough became so sticky again when i was rolling, so i popped it back to the fridge. Is this fine or should i just use a lot of flour when rolling?

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    Amber
    Friday, April 17, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    These are amazing!! I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a while and finally tried it. Amazing!
    Just curious how one decides to do temporal kneading+rising and how many times.

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    Laura
    Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Hey Sarah, how can I make dough for cinnamon rolls without yeast? I can’t find any yeast in stores during this corona virus pandemic. Thanks

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    Chris
    Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    I have been looking for years for a good cinnamon roll recipe. I have tried probably 10 different recipes. Even created my own. I’m not looking anymore. These beat any I have ever tried. Not sure if it is the extra eggs, the cold butter chunks, or the relentless folding and proofing. Or maybe all of it. Doesn’t matter — it works. These are incredible! Thanks!

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    Annette Kingsbury
    Friday, April 24, 2020 at 11:26 am

    I’m so happy to finally have success making authentic cinnamon rolls!
    I made the parchment long enough to use it as a handle to lift the finished rolls out of the pan all at once and it worked great. I reduced the salt considerably in the recipe and only used one-fourth of the frosting recipe for a less-sweet roll. They were awesome. Thanks for the great instructions.

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    Karen S
    Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I am in the final stage of my second time baking these and I have followed the recipe closely, but they rise SO MUCH they are huge and over flow the pan. Not that it is a bad thing but they are not very pretty that way. I tried slicing them thinner but it didn’t help. What am I doing wrong?

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    Tim
    Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Incredible! Highly recommend substituting a tsp amount of cinnamon for a tsp of ground cardamom. Adds delightful depth to the filling and gives it a hint of that Cardamom Bun craze that is sweeping. Also had success substituting a watered down Greek yogurt in place of the whole milk, because you know… Quarantine.

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    Pamela C.
    Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Any thoughts on adjusting this recipe for use with a bread starter?

    The specific starter recipe I have also has a cinnamon roll recipe, copied below – but I like the sound of this so much better! But it’s been harder to get yeast and it’d be nice to use what I have on hand. Don’t mind playing with the recipe, but wonder if anyone has tried?

    My existing recipe calls for these ingredients to make dough:
    – My existing Bread Starter
    – 2 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
    – 2 Tbsp Sugar
    – 1 1/2 tsp Salt
    – Heaping Teaspoon of Cinnamon or Cardamom
    – 9 Tbsp Whole Milk
    – 2 Eggs
    – 4oz (1stick) of Unsalted Butter

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    Mariana
    Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I made these following the advice of The Kitchn staff. Absolutely perfect in every way! Soft, pillowy, buttery, melt in your mouth, cinnamon rolls. I found the recipe to be easy to follow, and very forgiving for an inexperienced baker with yeasted doughs. Thank you!!!

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    Emma
    Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Love these cinnamon rolls so, so much! Growing up, my family always had a weird tradition of making Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and never eating them, because they were gross. Nevertheless, they were present every Christmas morning. This past Christmas, I made these for myself and my husband, to start a tradition of serving delicious rolls instead. They are incredible! Just this past weekend, for my husband’s quarantine birthday, I put up a Christmas tree, wrapped his gifts in Christmas gift wrap, and decorated the whole house for Christmas while he slept, just to add some magic and wonder to a weird day. And, you better believe, I served these cinnamon rolls. They’re as magical as it gets. Also, I highly, HIGHLY recommend doubling the icing. 😉

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    Anya
    Monday, April 27, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    So I tried this 3x and it just didn’t work for me. I followed the recipe to a “t” and they turned out HUGE. The only difference is I kneaded them in the Kitchen Aid – did this cause the excessive fluffiness?

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    Natalie
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Hi! Any idea how to convert this recipe for a bread machine? Thank you!!

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    Mary Jo
    Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Two weeks ago I made what I thought were the best cinnamon rolls ever …until today. This is by far the best ever. I have to admit I was concerned about the lack of kneading and lack of volume but read the other comments of success with this recipe. Fingers crossed, I tossed them in the oven and the final result was a magical, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon roll. So tender and tasty. Perfect. Will probably never use another recipe. Would love to use this dough for other things. I saw an Apple cider cinnamon roll recipe. YUM! What else can be made. I followed the recipe as written, no deviation. Thank you!

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    Sunshineyyz
    Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Anyone who is reading this who hasn’t made this and is thinking of…DO IT. NOW. Go to your kitchen, go to the store, go wherever you need to go to make these. I can’t comprehend how someone could of thought this recipe up. It’s a masterpiece. Thank you!

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    Janet
    Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I just made these yesterday after seeing your recipe on the Pancake Princess bake off! It was hands down the best cinnamon roll I’ve ever had in my life, gloriously fluffy. I must admit my rolling skills are not quite there yet but I look forward to many more trials to taste test!

    I did go ahead and take your suggestion to increase filling to 3/4c brown sugar, and did 4 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp cardamom. Glorious. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Deidre
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    This recipe takes a long time but it is TOTALLY worth it! Even my mom, who thought she had a good recipe, liked these even better (I gave her some of mine). And she asked for the recipe. Totally a keeper!

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    Melissa Cruz
    Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Making these for mother’s day! Can’t wait to wake my mama up with the smell of cinnamon rolls and a cup of coffee. Thank you for sharing!

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    Jade
    Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 11:09 am

    I have tried this recipe twice and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong :(( I followed it the first time with cup measurements for flour, and the second time I measured it on a food scale. Both times the dough was way too sticky to roll out even after chilling overnight and using a ton of flour on the roller and surface. Any advice? The flavor is great for the ones that I can roll up and cook!

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    christina
    Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    i used cold milk instead of warm milk. help! is there any way to salvage this? i am at the step of folding the dough every 30 mins.

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    Janet
    Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:28 am

    These turned out amazing!!!! I made a poor decision to make 8 instead of 12 and ended up with HUGE cinnamon rolls that took 45 minutes to bake but OMG were they incredible. So soft and billowy, perfect amount of cinnamon & sweet, just fantastic. I made the dough on Friday, assembled on Saturday and baked Sunday morning. This is now my only cinnamon roll recipe. Thank you so much!!!!

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    Lollo Hill
    Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you for posting! My family and I love cinnamon rolls and are very picky. I started Friday and baked this today and it was heavenly! My boys complimented me with “much better than Cinnabon, Mama!” Really worth the wait and excellent!

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    Alex
    Monday, May 11, 2020 at 6:26 am

    I have never found a cinnamon roll recipe that truly works out until I found this recipe. SOFT, PILLOWY CLOUDS!! If you are even hesitating one second, stop and make this asap. It is so worth it and honestly not that difficult or any more labor intensive than other recipes. I used brioche/pastry flour for an even lighter texture and it worked wonders. I have now found my go-to cinnamon roll recipe and I would encourage anyone to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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    Sophie Leon
    Monday, May 18, 2020 at 12:41 am

    I used my Hamilton Beach hand mixer that has dough hooks and it’s still alive, I used a wooden spatula at the very end but only cause I was worried about my mixer but not because it couldn’t handle the job, I’ve made pita bread with the same hand mixer and it worked perfectly

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    Gary
    Friday, May 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Starting with the “Copycat Cinnabon” years ago. I have tried every recipe I could find, searching for the perfect roll.
    I finally found it. THIS IS IT!
    Granted, it is a little labor intensive compared to others, but — WOW! — it is really worth it. This Vanillabeanblog Cinnamon roll recipe is absolute perfection.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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    Lia A Rossetti
    Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 8:15 am

    I am making these for my boyfriend’s birthday on Memorial Day! I let it rise overnight (last night) and this morning I am rolling them out and preparing them for another fridge day. Is it ok that it will be sitting in the fridge longer than the 18 hours you mentioned? It’ll be more like a day and a half. Thank you!!

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    Julie
    Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    This was the first time I ever tried making cinnamon rolls, and your recipe is amazing – these are easily the best homemade cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had.

    If I wanted to make these smaller (approximating Cinnabon’s minibons, instead of full-sized), do you have a recommendation for what dimension to roll out the dough/how many pieces to cut? Would I have to modify the baking temperature, or just decrease the bake time?

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    Nina
    Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Hi! I just made your cinnamon rolls and they were great! First time to make a cinnamon roll.
    Memories of my mom’s rolls have been fulfilled!
    Thank you !!! The buns didn’t need the icing and could stand by themselves. Next time I’ll do them for 25 mins as the buns got too brown and a little crunchy on the edges.
    I couldn’t find the nutrition info on the page. I’m a diabetic s and needed the carb grams / roll (12 pcs)
    I couldnt help myself with the wonderful baking smell !

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    Tori
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Hey! I just combined the dough, but it seems to be too liquify and not uniform enough. (Not sticky just too liquify!). I weighed out the flour- do you suggest I add more?

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      Tori
      Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:47 pm

      *liquidy

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    Camille
    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    This is the best replica for the cinnabon cinnamon bun I’ve tried. The dough was so soft. I doubled the filling (and was happy I did), otherwise made no changes. Next time I’d only use half the icing recipe (personal preference). That being said, I don’t think it will be my go- to cinnamon bun recipe, preferring something a bit chewier. But I will absolutely make this again when the cinnabon craving hits.

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    Melia
    Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    The best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever bake. Thanks a lot the recipe and the very detail instructions. I only made 1/2 of the recipe because it’s my first time baking with your recipe but I turned out so good. Definitely will bake it again

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    Kayla
    Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    HOME RUN! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    Alicia Ibarreta
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 2:26 am

    Would it be ok to use buttermilk instead of milk? It’s what I have. The recipe looks fab

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    Sarah
    Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    this recipe is definitely a staple!!! my dad absolutely loves them and asks for them all the time. i add extra cinnamon since we like it that way

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    Nikki
    Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Just made the cinnamon rolls and they were nothing short of amazing!!!! The time it took to make the sweet bread was worth every minute. I will definitely make this again but may double up on the dough and save half for later. Can this dough be frozen, if so how long?

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    Priscilla
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Hi, I did this recipe and the taste is incredible! I follow every step (I made it 48hours and bake it today). but my cinnabuns didn’t come as fluffy as the pictures, the dough came more like a pie crust. I don’t know if I need to adjust the instant yeast because I live in a high altitude place or is it because I added the yeast to the warm milk, and then separately with the eggs already beaten with the honey, I temper them together because I was scared the eggs would get scramble, omg but well for being my first time trying to make them I’m surprised of my efforts.

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    Britney
    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I’ve made this recipe two times now and its amazing! The crumb and texture of the dough is just perfect and it’s not too sweet at all, Advice to people who plan on making this: If you’re using active dry yeast, dissolve it in the milk before adding the other wet ingredients. The first time around, I didn’t dissolve my active dry yeast (red star brand) and although the dough proofed very well, the final product had tiny crunchy bits of yeast (which were visible during the proofing process but I falsely hoped they would dissolve overnight). The second time I dissolved my yeast (which requires no extra effort) and had no issues. Also the full 2 tsp of salt pushes the boundary between too salty and well flavoured in my opinion. I would decrease it by 1/4 tsp if you’re not a fan of salt.

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    Becky
    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Hi Sarah, would it be okay to rolled out before the dough come to room temperature after the overnight refrigeration. I found it very difficult to roll after it came to room temperature and I wouldn’t get a good swirl. Thanks.

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    Sara
    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I used coconut sugar for the filling and monk fruit sugar in the icing instead of regular sugar. It’s my first time making cinnamon rolls and it turned out perfect. My husband LOVE it !!!

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    Jeanette
    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Just tried this recipe for my weekend baking “project”. It’s wonderful! Absolutely my go-to cinnamon roll recipe from now on. The bread is fluffy, and the mix of cinnamon and brown sugar is just nice to my taste. I will say, for those worried about handing the super sticky dough when folding, make sure your hands are wet before handing. Also, for those of you who may be trying this for the first time, I rolled my dough to a thickness of 6 mm before rolling, and that was a bit too much dough in the final product. Next time, I’ll bring it down to a thickness of about 3 mm as I like more filling with each bite. I also let the roll rest for about 10 min before cutting (with floss). Enjoy…. this takes “time” but seriously, the actual time required (apart from rests when you have other things in your life) isn’t that much.

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    Phxcooks
    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Cinnamon Rolls recipe is great! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. thank you

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    Melanie
    Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:53 am

    These rolls were so yummy. I was a little worried that the filling wouldn’t be enough for the fluffy dough, but it worked out just fine. In the past I’ve had the filling drain out of the dough and coat the bottom of the pan. I used agave syrup and dry activated yeast with no issues. I used slightly less sugar than called for in the icing and also had some leftover.

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    Melissa
    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Do you have any adjustments for high altitude cooking? (Over 9,000 feet)

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    Charlie
    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Made these first by mixing active yeast straight into the flour. Unfort, the yeast didn’t dissolve at all after mixing, so there were crunchy little bits of yeast everywhere. Nixed that, and made a second batch, by mixing the active yeast first into the warm milk and these turned out great!?
    Only adjustment would be to add more cinnamon next time, as I found them not to be a little light.
    Other than that, super soft and delicious and not overly sweet!

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    Honeybee
    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Oh My. These cinnamon rolls are the best! Look no further this is the recipe you have been looking for. Drop the mic.

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    Rjys
    Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Can i make the dough in a food processor? I’ve read elsewhere that you can make dough using the metal blade extension in a good processor but that it will make the dough warmer. Do you have any suggestions about how that would alter your recipe? TIA!

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