1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls are so much better than the store bought rolls from the can. Once you try how amazing this cinnamon roll recipe is, you will make them again and again. They’re fluffy, soft, and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting. 

You will also want to check out our Raspberry Sweet Rolls, Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls, Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls, and Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls,

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1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Many people think it is too hard to make cinnamon rolls at home. While there are a few extra steps, the taste is worth it. These cinnamon rolls with homemade cream cheese frosting are going to be the best cinnamon rolls you ever eat.


  • Milk –Make sure the temperature of the milk is room temperature.
  • Unsalted butter- Always use unsalted butter when baking. It allows you to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Granulated sugar- Sugar gives these cinnamon buns a great flavor.
  • Salt- Do not let the salt touch the yeast directly or else it will kill it.
  • Rapid rise yeast- You want to make sure that the yeast is not expired. If it is expired the dough will not rise.
  • Flour – You can use all purpose flour or white wheat flour.
  • Egg – The egg does not need to be room temperature in this recipe.
  • Honey- Honey in the cinnamon bun filling gives these homemade buns the best flavor.
  • Cinnamon – Where would cinnamon buns be without the cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese FrostingYou can use this cream cheese frosting recipe or use a store bought icing.


How to Make Easy Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

Melt the butter and then combine it with the room temperature milk, sugar, and salt. While this mixture should be warm, it can not be hot.

In a bowl, mix together the yeast with 2 cups of flour.

Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture and mix it until it is well combined.

Add in the egg and mix it well.

Slowly add in the remaining 2 cups of flour, adding about 1/2 cup at a time. You might not need all the flour, only add the flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl easily.

Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Place flour on the counter and roll the dough out until it is about 12*16 inches.

dough with butter

Spread the softened butter over the dough, leaving about 1 inch around the edges.

dough with brown sugar honey filling

Then spread the honey sugar filling over the butter.

Roll the dough into a log and seal the seams.

Line a baking dish with parchment paper or grease well.

Slice the dough into slices and place it in the baking dish.

rolled and cut cinnamon roll dough

Cover with a damp towel and let it rise for 25 minutes until it is puffy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20-22 minutes.

frosting homemade cinnamon rolls

Once the rolls are done and slightly cooled and then frost the cinnamon rolls with the cream cheese frosting.

cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting

What’s the Difference Between Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Rolls?

Sticky buns tend to be a bit denser than cinnamon rolls. Also, sticky buns have a sticky sweet brown sugar mixture it bakes in. Oftentimes, sticky buns are made with raisins and/or nuts. Cinnamon rolls are lighter and topped with a cream cheese frosting and usually do not contain nuts or raisins.

Do 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls Need Icing?

I like to make my Cream Cheese Frosting for this recipe. If you do not have time or ingredients on hand to make the cream cheese frosting, you can also use a store bought cream cheese frosting. You do not need a whole batch of cream cheese frosting for this recipe.

cinnamon rolls on a blue plate

Tips and Variations for the BEST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

For larger rolls – Let the dough rise in your oven! Heat the oven to 150 degrees. Turn the oven off. Cover the rolls and place them inside for resting. Leave the oven door cracked open for about 30 minutes, then close it.

Add nuts – sprinkle chopped sliced almonds of pecans over the brown sugar mixture before rolling.

Reheating – These 1 hour cinnamon rolls are best served warm. I heat mine for 30-40 seconds in the microwave the following day so that they’re tender and hot in the centers.

Use dental floss for cutting – Sounds weird, but I recommend having some floss on hand to help cut your rolls.  Most knives don’t cut the rolls as cleanly, and tend to kind of smush the cinnamon roll log. However, if you don’t have any floss, using a knife will work just fine.

baked easy cinnamon rolls on a blue plate

These cinnamon rolls are amazing and they take half the time of other homemade sweet roll recipes. If you’re looking for that perfect cinnamon roll recipe, this is it!

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1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls are so much better than the store bought rolls from the can. Once you try how amazing this cinnamon roll recipe is, you will make them again and again.
Servings: 12
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Rise time: 25 minutes


Roll dough:

  • 1 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast about 2 packages
  • 4-4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg

Cinnamon filling:

  • 1/3 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup honey or molasses
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe or store bought


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt the butter. Combine in a medium bowl with room temperature milk, sugar and salt. Mixture should be warm but not hot (between 105-110 F if using thermometer)
  • In a large bow, combine the yeast with 2 cups of flour and yeast until well mixed.
  • Stir the butter mixture into the flour and yeast mixture. Add in the egg and mix until well combined.
  • Slowly add in the remaining 2 cups of flour about ½ cup at a time.You may not need to use all of the flour, the dough needs to pull away from the bowl easily. If dough is too sticky, continue to add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the right consistency.
  • Rest dough for 10 minutes while preparing filling.
  • Line a baking dish with parchment paper or grease well.
  • Sprinkle a cutting board or counter with flour and roll out the dough until about 12x16 inches. Spread softened butter over dough, being sure to go right to the edges leaving a 1-inch strip without butter on outer edges.
  • Next, spread the honey sugar filling across the buttered dough, leaving the 1-inch strip. Roll the dough into a tight, even log and seal the seam by pinching together.
  • Slice the rolls into 1 and ½ inch rounds and place into the baking dish. Cover the pan with a damp towel and set in a warm spot for 25 minutes until puffy (may need longer to rise depending on your yeast).
  • Place into oven and bake for 20-22 minutes until the tops are a light golden brown.
  • Once rolls are finished let cool slightly, and then frost well.

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