Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls (Cinnamon Buns)


4 cups flour
1/2 oz yeast
1/2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, creamed
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon


In a large mixing bowl, dissolve 2 packages of yeast in 1/2 cup of very warm (not more than about 100F) water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let sit. In a small saucepan, warm butter and milk to about 100F. Using an electric mixer with a dough hook combine dissolved yeast and the butter mixture on low. Slowly add 1/2 cup of sugar, then the egg. Add salt and 2 cups of flour on low, mix until smooth. Slowly mix in the remaining 2 cups of flour. The mixture should become a sticky dough at this time. Scrape out the dough onto floured counter top. Knead dough until it doesn’t stick to your hands, adding small amounts of flour (up to 1/2 cup) as needed.
Place in a greased bowl. Cover with damp cloth and let rise for about 45 minutes or until it doubles in size. Preheat oven to 350. Remove dough from bowl and place on a floured counter. Roll out in a 12 by 24 inch rectangle. The dough should be about an inch thick. Using your fingers or a spatula, spread 1/2 cup of the very soft, creamed butter over dough. In small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling. Sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough. Roll dough into a tight log. Cut into 1 inch thick slices. Place in 2 ungreased, 9 inch round cake pans, forming a circle with one roll in the middle. Allow to rise about 1/2 hour until they are about level to the top of the cake pan. Bake for about 15 minutes, then test for doneness. Pay careful attention to the creases where the rolls touch each other. Return to oven 5-10 additional minutes as needed. Remove to a wire rack or invert on a plate and ice.

Excellent with cream cheese icing.

My thoughts:
A homemade version of my favorite Amish market treat. I have been trying hard to develop a recipe that comes close and I think this one does. My sweet husband made them for me as a special holiday treat.


  1. simple and nice

  2. i’m making these for father’s day–these are the only cinnamon rolls that i’ve gotten to turn out and they are delicious! it’s all we make now. thanks for the terrific recipes.

  3. Can you make these without an electric mixer?

  4. Tree-
    You can just do it all by hand.

  5. Made these over Christmas and they were AWESOME!