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.
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