My mouth waters just thinking about these Easy 1 Hour Homemade Cinnamon Rolls.
This is a Giant Cinnamon Roll recipe which is perfect when serving extra family or house guests or surprising your neighbors with a hot batch.
This 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls Recipe has been viewed more than 1,000,000 times and counting. It's a tried and true recipe. A true family favorite.
The great news is you can also freeze these homemade cinnamon rolls before baking so you can bake when you need it most!
You can also cut this recipe in half too for a small batch perfect for enjoying right now.
This recipe has been updated May 2020
And, with the added tip of proofing the dough in the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker using the Yogurt Setting, you can speed up the process of proofing the dough saving you even more time.
Making Homemade Cinnamon Rolls or Dinner Rolls doesn’t have to be difficult or even scary. Yes, Scary!
Working with yeast is easier than you think. I'm here to help you step by step.
In this recipe, we make Cinnamon Rolls and Dinner Rolls in an hour and they are perfect, light and fluffy.
It really is just that easy for perfect Cinnamon Rolls.
What makes a GREAT Cinnamon Roll Recipe?
A GREAT Cinnamon Roll Recipe starts with the dough. It needs to be light, soft and fluffy.
There is nothing worse than a hard dense roll. This recipe has a perfect balance to make sure your dough is perfect every time.
Proofing your dough is quick and easy in the Instant Pot. This works for ANY Yeast recipe.
Set your Pressure Cooker to the Yogurt (Low Setting) button. Spray the inside with cooking spray and place dough inside.
Use a glass lid or even a dinner plate on top and allow dough to proof and rise. It cuts the time in half! This works for ANY Yeast recipe!
If your pressure cooker does NOT have a yogurt button, then you can proof your dough on your counter. Cover the bowl with a towel so the dough doesn't get crusty!
I prefer to mix my warm water, yeast, sugar, oil and salt in a large bowl and allow to activate the yeast for a few minutes before I add the liquid to a larger mixer.
I LOVE my Bosch Mixer, but any larger stand mixer will work for this recipe. It is a large recipe.
As I mentioned, you CAN cut it in half and it works just fine.
But I do love to make a lot of Cinnamon Rolls when I make them, they are so delicious and a fun neighbor treat with any extra.
(This video was done before I updated this post with the amazing Pressure Cooker Yogurt Setting Tip!)
How to make Cinnamon Rolls
- In a large bowl, add warm water, sugar, oil and yeast. Allow to proof for 15 minutes (Proofing your yeast is allowing it to activate in warm water with sugar.) I place my bowl in the Microwave which creates a warm environment. I do NOT turn the Microwave on.
- In a large stand mixer, like a Bosch or Kitchen Aid, place 3 cups flour and salt, and add in your liquid. Keep mixer mixing through all steps.
- Add eggs one at a time. Then add 3 more cups of flour and allow to mix.
- Add 3 more cups of flour one at a time and allow to incorporate and knead together.
- You now have 9 cups of flour into your recipe. Add an addition 1 – 1 ½ cups flour. Check for stickiness. Dough should be pulling away from bowl edges. It should be sticky but not stick to your fingers.
Continued from above
- Remove dough and place in Instant Pot to proof. Set Instant Pot for Yogurt (low setting) and place glass lid on top. Rise for 15-25 minutes.
- If you do NOT have a Yogurt Setting on your Pressure Cooker, Place your dough in a bowl, cover with a towel and allow to raise on the counter until double in size.
- Divide dough into 3 portions. Remove one portion and roll out into a square. Add brown Sugar, and Cinnamon and roll up. Using a knife slice into rolls about 3 fingers thick. Place rolls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
- Frost while hot. Enjoy
- SEE COMPLETE RECIPE at bottom
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Can I cut this Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe in half?
This is a question I am asked often and the answer is YES!
This recipe is easy to cut in half and make a smaller batch.
I also use this recipe for making this fun Sweet Roll which has the recipe halved all ready. So head over there if you don't want to adjust the measurements yourself.
The presentation is spectacular with the Sweet Bread, with an easy bread braid.
Why are my Cinnamon Rolls Dry?
Dry cinnamon rolls happen for a number of reasons. You may have added too much flour to the dough, you may have over baked the cinnamon rolls OR you may have done both!
The Dough is Sticky, why?
The dough will pull away and clean the bowl while it's mixing in my Bosch Mixer. That's the first indication that I'm super close to the right consistency.
You should be able to touch the dough with your fingers without them sticking. However if you pick up the dough in one hand, it will definitely stick!
Do you do a second rise for Homemade Cinnamon Rolls?
For this recipe I do not do a second rise. However, I only put one pan in the oven at a time, so one pan is always waiting to be baked and gets a little bit of rise. It's okay.
Your Recipe is delicious, what else do you use it for?
We LOVE this recipe. I use this recipe to make dinner rolls, pizza crust, and even breadsticks.
What Mixer do you recommend?
I use a Bosch Mixer and I've written a post you can read why I Love my Bosh. You can use any large stand mixer for this recipe.
I don't have a glass lid for my Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Now what?
Don't worry! Use a large dinner plate. Anything will work that will cover the top.
It's not recommended to use your pressure lid as the dough can rise to the point of plugging up the sealing vent and making it impossible to open the lid.
How to Freeze Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Freezing Cinnamon Rolls is easy. Make rolls as your typically would and instead of baking place in the freezer to freeze individually. Then remove from pan and place in storage bags or containers.
When ready to bake, remove from freezer and place on counter to thaw. This will take 90+ minutes or more.
When thawed, bake as normal.
How long can I freeze Cinnamon Rolls?
I have frozen Cinnamon Rolls for up to 6 months.
How to Store Cinnamon Rolls?
Cinnamon Rolls are best fresh, but if you need to store them, wrap them up in plastic wrap to keep air out. they can be placed in the fridge or on the counter until ready to enjoy.
How do you keep Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Drying Out?
Wrapping each roll individually is the key. A double layer of plastic wrap also helps too. If wrapping a pan of cinnamon rolls, try also wrapping with foil too.
Should Cinnamon Rolls touch when baking?
When placing cinnamon rolls on the pan I do not have them touching. However, as they bake they naturally rise and will often tough by the time they are baked.
If you pack your pan too full, it's impossible for the cinnamon rolls to bake evenly and you will get hard dense rolls.
Can I make Homemade Orange Rolls?
Of course you can, a simple trick to making orange rolls is in the glaze or frosting. Add a teaspoon of orange zest and use orange juice in place of the milk in the recipe. Super simple!
Can I add in Raisens?
Yes, you can add in raisins. Simple add them before you roll up your cinnamon rolls. You can also add chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter chips, or even fruit pie filling. YUM!
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1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls
- 3 ½ Cups Warm Water
- ¾ Cup Sugar
- ½ Cup Oil
- 6 Tbs Instant Yeast
- ½ Tbs Salt
- 3 Eggs
- 10 - 10 ½ Cups Bread Flour
- ½ Cup Softened Butter
- 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 3-6 Tbs Milk *for desired consistency
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 3-4 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ Cup Raisens *optional
- In a large bowl, add warm water. Mix in Sugar and Oil and stir. Add Yeast. Gently stir. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes. I like to place this mixture in my microwave to activate, do not not turn the microwave on.
- In a Stand Mixer, add 3 cups flour and salt. Add Yeast liquid and mix. Add eggs one at a time and mix.
- Add 3 more cups of flour and mix
- Slowly add 3 more cups of flour and mix
- Add the remaining 1 - 1 ½ cups flour testing for stickiness. Dough should be sticky but not stick to your fingers.
- Remove from mixer and place Instant Pot on Yogurt Setting. Cover with a glass lid and allow to raise for 15-20 minutes. The yogurt setting is a perfect warm environment for the dough to raise quick and easily without killing the yeast.
- If you do not have a Pressure Cooker with a Yogurt Setting, place your dough into a bowl, cover with a towel and place on the counter to double in size.
- Roll out one section of dough into smaller rectangle about ½ in thick. Cut into squares and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Brush butter on top of warm rolls. Serve and enjoy!
- Separate dough into 3 sections. Using one section at a time roll out into a rectangle. Add Brown Sugar and Cinnamon evenly over dough.
- Roll Dough and pinch seam together. Cut with a knife 3 finger width and place on greased cookie sheet
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Frost and Enjoy.
I love to bake with buttermilk. Can I substitute that for the liquid.
Hi Janicee, Buttermilk is wonderful to bake with. You could substitute 1 cup of water for Buttermilk possibly. I haven't tested it but I would imagine it would still work. Then add the buttermilk to the recipe when you add eggs. Hope that helps!
Hi! I'm hoping to make these for Christmas this year, but it will be a very small gathering (8 people), so I'm planning to half the recipe.
When you halve the recipe, do you still divide the dough into 3 parts before spreading the cinnamon and sugar? Or would dividing it into halves produce a better sized cinnamon bun?
Hi Naomi, This recipe can easily be cut in half. Cut all ingredients in half, except I will use 2 eggs. Then I divide the dough in half when making rolls. Hope this helps in your holiday baking this year!
Just finished making these. I cut the recipe in half as my kitchen aid mixer won't do 10 c of flour. I cut 18 rolls and they fit on a very large cookie sheet. The only thing I added was to spread soft butter on the dough before putting on the sugar/cinnamon and spread it around into the butter to stick better. The instant pot raising was amazing. Thanks so much!
Hi Deanna, These are a favorite of ours too. And making a half batch is sometimes the perfect size. So glad you enjoyed them
I cut this recipe by 1/3 because there are just two of us! It was so fast and easy and delicious! I will certainly be making these again! 5 stars!
That's so good to hear that cutting the recipe in 1/3 works for a super small batch. We love this recipe and think it's a 5 Star too!
If you make 1/3 what are quantities
Hi Yami, this recipe can be cut in half but I wouldn't recommend cutting it down to 1/3.
You don't spread melted butter on the dough before adding the brown sugar/ cinnamon?
Hi Robin, you can spread butter on the dough if you wish. It's a personal preference.
With this recipe it is easy to make awesome cinnamon rolls. I was successful on my FIRST try! Other recipes have been a complete failure.
I'm so glad you have fallen for my recipe. It's been a game changer of a recipe and makes such beautiful rolls!
I saw your ask to hear how a gluten free recipe turned out and wanted to provide that feedback. I used Pillsbury Best Gluten Free flour blend (Xanthan Gum included) as a 1:1 replacement for the flour in this recipe. The dough was still quite sticky when I pulled it out of my Cuisinart but I purposely didn’t add more because gluten free flours can be quite drying once the liquid is absorbed. I proofed in my InstantPot and when I turned it on my greased surface it was still soft and sticky so I knew it wasn’t quite the same. It was missing the elasticity of normal breads. I baked it for about 15 minutes in the oven (my mistake, I got the wrong number) and it came out super dry and crumbly... maybe like a dried biscuit or less dense scone if I were to find a comparison.
So anyway! This was just for feedback since I knew you were curious. I think your recipe is wonderful and it was super easy to follow. I think gluten free bakers like me would need to do some experimentation and tweaking to get it right.
Hi Camille, this is really great info. Baking with Gluten Free Flour is very tricky. It's always good to hear what people try, even if it doesn't work out perfectly. Others can learn from it. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate it!
Because you use milk in the icing do you need to store leftovers in the fridge?
Hi Megan, We do not store them in the fridge, but you could!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! It was easy to follow! I followed exactly as directed above. With one small exception. I didn’t put the cinnamon rolls in the oven right away, I waited until after dinner. My dough was a little dry and it tasted very yeasty. Could waiting have that affect on them? Thank you!
Hi Nohemi, sounds like you did more than a small exception there. Letting dough raise longer than suggested will drastically change results. Next time try baking them as described and I'm sure you will have better results.
Hi what if I do not have a stand mixer? I only have a hand held one will that work?
Hi Alecia, for this recipe you would need a large stand mixer to properly mix the dough. It's a very large batch and unlike that a hand mixer could handle it.
These were so easy and delicious! I made my own frostings... basic cream cheese frosting, powdered sugar glaze and a maple cream cheese frosting. They were a huge it with my family too!
Hi Amber! A Cream Cheese Frosting is delicious with these cinnamon rolls. I bet it was good!
How do you make your maple cream cheese frosting? Sounds delicious!
Hi Shellie! Unfortunately I've never made Maple Cream Cheese Frosting but WOW! It does sound delicious. I would add 2-3 Tbs Maple Syrup and omit the milk. Should be delicious! Thanks for the idea.
I made cinnamon rolls today. The recipe suggested using the yogurt setting on the IP for rising the dough. It worked amazingly. I had to put a bowl on top as a cover. I may have left the dough longer than the 20 minute suggested time though. Great results, whole family thoroughly enjoyed these!
So glad you loved this recipe Stephanie! It's a winner in our home.