Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

This homemade cinnamon rolls recipe is perfect to enjoy on Christmas morning! They can be made on the day, or the night before and left overnight in the fridge for an easy breakfast or brunch. Made from scratch, these sweet rolls are soft and fluffy and drizzled with icing.

A Homemade Cinnamon Roll with icing on a plate

Having cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning has quickly become a family tradition. I loved that they can be made the day before for an effortless but impressive breakfast to serve the next morning. This recipe is so good, I can’t wait for you to try it!

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

FOR THE DOUGH:

Mix the flour, sugar, yeast and salt together in a stand mixer, then add the eggs and milk until a ball forms, keep mixing until the dough is very smooth. Add the butter whilst mixing, then place in a large oiled bowl in a warm place to let the dough rise.

FOR THE FILLING (PREPARE AS THE DOUGH RISES):

Mix the melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, pie spice and salt until spreadable. Keep at room temperature until ready to use.

MAKING THE ROLLS:

When the dough is ready, transfer it to a lined baking sheet. Pat it out and cover with plastic wrap. If making the rolls the day of serving, refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or freeze up to 20 minutes. If making the rolls the next day, refrigerate the rolls overnight.

When ready to bake, roll the dough out spread the filling on top, before rolling it together. Cut the roll and place in a greased baking dish. Loosely cover and let the rolls rise for 30 minutes. 

BAKING THE ROLLS:

Brush the homemade cinnamon rolls with a little egg wash and bake in a pre-heated oven. Let the rolls cool and drizzle with the icing.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls before being iced

Drizzling icing on the baked rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch

For previous years, I have often made cinnamon rolls using a ready made dough, but oh my gosh, it is so worth the time and effort to make these from scratch! They are perfectly soft and fluffy and the finished result are rolls that taste like you’ve just bought them from your local bakery! 

How far ahead can you make cinnamon rolls?

You of course can make these the day of serving, but for a stress free morning, I like to make the rolls ahead of time and bake them the next day. You can bake the homemade cinnamon rolls the day before if you prefer and just reheat them in the oven before serving, but I do prefer them freshly baked.

Icing on a spoon being drizzled over the rolls

Iced Homemade Cinnamon Rolls ready to eat

Can you freeze homemade cinnamon rolls?

If you are super organized, you can make these rolls several weeks ahead of time and freeze them. Prep the whole dish up to the point of baking, and wrap them securely in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer unbaked for up to 6 weeks. 

The night before you want to bake them, transfer the to the fridge to thaw overnight.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls in a baking dish

A cinnamon roll served on a plate with a fork

Top Tips To Make This Recipe

  • Allow enough time for the dough to rise, you will need to allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Be sure to grease the dish before placing the rolls in to bake for easy removal.
  • If making the rolls the day before, cover them tightly in plastic wrap so that they don’t dry out in the fridge.
  • Bake the rolls in a pre-heated oven for the best results and serve warm.
  • Let the homemade cinnamon rolls cool slightly before icing them.

A cinnamon roll on a plate cut with a fork

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