Christmas would simply not be Christmas without Cinnamon Rolls. These rolls are a must on Christmas morning. I decided to share them now, because you deserve to have the recipe for the best cinnamon rolls ever. I have made these over and over in the last couple of years and never had them not turn out just right. Words can’t describe how much I adore these rolls. There’s no way I could adequately tell you what these rolls will do to you and your family on that special day! These will seriously rock your world and make for an unforgettable day.
Cinnamon Rolls go hand in hand with Christmas around these parts. It’s as iconic as hanging up Christmas lights, baking cookies, singing Christmas carols, wearing pajamas while unwrapping gifts, or setting up a Christmas tree. Both my husband and I grew up with real trees and the thought of buying a fake one never crossed our minds. Every year, we drive to our favorite Christmas Tree Farm and pick out our very own Fraser Fir! It usually takes a while to find the right one, but not this time. After rolling out of bed on Friday morning (sorry for my bedhead) and dressing as warm as we could on a 22 degree day, we arrived, spotted, and sawed within 30 minutes. It was a total success and we agree that this years’ tree is the best one yet!
Since I like you so much and since we were in the mood after getting our tree, I decided to break with my tradition of making these only on Christmas morning and prepare Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls earlier in the season. Best decision ever. Getting to enjoy these ultimate cinnamon rolls more than once during the Christmas season, must mean that we’ll be all the merrier! How could we not?
These rolls are especially perfect for the morning of a particular celebration because they don’t require a lot of preparation and don’t take too long to put together. Nothing beats fresh cinnamon rolls and the wonderful aroma they send through your house.
Soft, flaky, cinnamon-speckled, buttery, and airy. You couldn’t ask for more in a cinnamon roll.
Yes. Make ‘em. Eat ‘em. SHARE.
Oh yeah. Christmas in every bite. I usually serve these with mimosas. It makes for THE ultimate breakfast.
- 1 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
- 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 package instant or ‘rapid rise’ yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and set aside.
- 1. Starting with the dough, place milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until butter is almost melted and milk is warm. Stir until butter is completely melted. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix until well combined with the beater paddle attached. Add the egg and milk mixture to the dry mix and continue stirring until thoroughly combined. Substitute dough hook for the beater paddle and add remaining flour or until dough starts to pull away from the sides, about 1-2 minutes. Continue to knead the dough for 5 minutes. Slightly flour your work surface and place dough on top. Let rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the filling.
- 2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and butter until well mixed. You are basically making a cinnamon butter. Set aside.
- 3. Roll out your dough until it measures 12 x 14 inches (rectangular shape). Spread filling evenly over the dough. Beginning with the longer side that’s closest to you, roll dough into a log. Pinch edges closed and cut into 12 equal pieces. Place cinnamon rolls in four rows of three into the prepared pan and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. When the rolls are finished rising, bake them for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
- 4. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the icing by combining the confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla and milk. Once the rolls have finished baking, let cool for 5 minutes and spread icing evenly over the top. Enjoy!
- Cinnamon Rolls will keep up to 3 days in an airtight container on your counter or in the fridge. You can also freeze them in freezer bags for up to 3 weeks.