Gooey Cinnamon Rolls (just like Cinnabon)

O M G! Golden brown on the outside and soft, fluffy, and gooey on the inside. This recipe was an 11/10 just from the smell alone. A must try! 

Total Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Simple Tasty Recipes


  1. In a large bowl, pour in milk and yeast. Add in eggs, butter, salt, sugar, and 4 cups flour. Mix until just combined as let sit for 5 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate. 

  2. Dump out dough onto a lightly floured surface. If it looks very sticky and wet, add it a large sprinkle of flour at a time as you knead until it's slightly sticky but easier to handle. Knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  3. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let sit until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. (I typically turn on my oven for 2 minutes, then turn it off and place my dough inside to rise.)
  4. Meanwhile, for the filling, combine butter, sugar and cinnamon. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  5. Once the dough has doubled in size, lightly flour your surface and roll out into a 24"x15" rectangle. It doesn't need to be perfect.
  6. With your hands or a spatula, rub the cinnamon sugar butter evenly all over the dough. Don't miss the edges.
  7. Starting at the long end, roll the dough up tightly into a log. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Place each piece, cinnamon side up, into a greased 9"x13" baking pan. Cover with a towel and let it rise in a warm place again for 30 minutes.
  8. When there are 10 minutes left, preheat your oven to 375°F.
  9. Once your rolls have risen to almost double in size, pour over heavy cream. You want it to soak in and around the rolls.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Check them at 20 minutes. If they are getting too brown and still need more time to cook, place a sheet of foil over the top.
  11. While they are baking, make the frosting by whisking the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk. If you want cream cheese frosting (which I highly recommend) leave out the milk and add 6 ounces of softened cream cheese. I would also use a hand mixer because it's easier.
  12. Once your cinnamon rolls are ready. Let them cool for a few minutes then cover with frosting.
  13. Enjoy!!

Ingredients for 12 people

  • 1 cup
    warm milk (110°F)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons
    instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 2
    eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup
    salted butter, just melted and not too hot
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 4 cups
    all purpose flour (might need 1/2 more depending on dough)
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup
    salted butter, very soft
  • 1 cup
    brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2
    heavy cream, room temperature
  • Frosting:
  • 1/3 cup
    salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups
    powder sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons
  • If you want cream cheese frosting:
    Instead of milk add 6 oz softened cream cheese

Total Time

  • Preparation Time
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time
    20 minutes

Suggested Equipment


Original recipe from Tastes of Izzy T.

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