Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls

I’m so honored and excited to have my second cousin Lexie as The Cookie Rookie’s very first guest post!! Lexie lives much too far away, in Texas.  I know if she lived closer, we would spend lots and lots of time in our kitchens together creating deliciousness! 

lexieShe is always posting the most beautiful and amazing baked goods on her Instagram account, and I need her to start a blog ASAP to share her recipes with the world! Lexie’s mom, Cathy, is one of my very favorite people.  Their family is encouraging, genuine, and SO much fun.  I know you’ll love Lexie as much as I do, and I hope she will come back to post again in the future!  So give her a warm welcome, and if you have any questions about her delicious recipe, I’ll be sure to get answers for you!!  After she sent me the recipe, mom and I made them for our Blog Conference weekend.  They are AMAZING and the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had.  Thank you Lexie! Enjoy! -Becky

Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious!I’m so excited to be doing a guest post for The Cookie Rookie today! Although Becky and I may not share the same affinity for Mizzou (Hook ‘Em Horns!), we do share a love for whipping up something delicious in the kitchen! We also share a great-grandmother, Adeline, whose recipe I am sharing today for Cinnamon Raisin Rolls.

Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious!Although I never had the chance to meet Adeline, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful stories. She was truly a pioneer woman (yes, more so than our red-headed Food Network friend from Oklahoma). Adeline was a farmer’s wife and her job was just as tough as his. She did it all.

Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious!Every day she cooked three meals, not including dessert, from scratch (no Bisquick!), for her hungry husband, three growing children, and the hired farm hands. She canned their fruits and vegetables, made their butter and cheese, washed and dried the dishes, and cleaned the house and laundry… all without the comfort of indoor plumbing and electric gadgets like a refrigerator, microwave, or stove.

Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious! Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious!I was so glad that my mom was able to dig up this recipe for Adeline’s cinnamon raisin rolls! They are truly a winner (and you don’t even have to churn your own butter). Fluffy, fresh-baked dough with a gooey cinnamon-sugar filling and a sweet, yet not overwhelming, glaze. Enjoy them as breakfast or for dessert. Or at 3 in the afternoon- there is no wrong time to eat one.

Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious!

Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious!

And you know that buttery, sugary Cinnabon aroma that taunts you every visit to the mall? Your entire home will smell like a Cinnabon. I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!

Great Grandma's Recipe for Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious!A few recipe notes:

*If you aren’t a fan of raisins, they are optional. The cinnamon rolls will taste just as great.

*Also, don’t be intimidated by yeast! Follow the recipe and check out this post on yeast and this post on kneading, and you can’t go wrong.

*I did not use all of the icing. I used a few spoonfuls on each roll, but feel free to adjust to your liking.

Serves 12 cinnamon rolls


Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls

Great Grandma's Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls...SO good!


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  • 3 c flour
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening
  • 1/4 c warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, room temperature and beaten
  • 1 c raisins
  • Canola oil
  • Filling:
  • 4-6 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 c - 1 c sugar
  • 1 -1.5 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • Icing:
  • 2-3 c confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened or melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-4 Tablespoons milk


  1. Sift the flour and measure 3 cups. Set aside.
  2. Scald the milk (heat over medium-low, stirring constantly, until steam and bubbles form around the edges of the pan). Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt, and shortening and stir until smooth). Cool to lukewarm.
  3. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water until foamy (stir and let sit for 5 minutes).
  4. In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat together yeast, eggs, and lukewarm milk mixture.
  5. Stir in the flour and raisins gradually (I added the flour 1/2 c at a time). Stir together until dough forms a ball.
  6. Remove the dough onto lightly floured surface and knead by hand until smooth and springy.
  7. Place dough into bowl greased with canola oil and grease dough ball over. Cover with a towel and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk (about one hour).
  8. Optional step: After doubled in size, tightly cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to make rolling out dough easier.
  9. Grease 2 8-inch round pans generously with butter.
  10. Roll dough into rectangle on floured surface (about 1/4 inch thick).
  11. Spread softened butter over surface of dough.
  12. Mix sugar and cinnamon and evenly sprinkle over dough.
  13. Beginning with end furthest from you, tightly roll dough into a log. Pinch seam together.
  14. Cut into 1 inch thick slices. Place 6 rolls in each pan (do not overcrowd- they will expand while rising) and cover for one hour or until well raised.
  15. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on top (watch carefully).
  16. For the icing:
  17. Combine all ingredients and whisk together until smooth. Add milk until desired consistency.
  18. After rolls have baked, remove from pan immediately.
  19. Ice while warm and serve!



408 cal


12 g


75 g


6 g
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