Gooey Cinnamon Rolls – The Last Recipe You Will Ever Try

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These days I don’t bake near as much as I used to, at least I try not to. As much as I love the process (and the results) I’m  obsessive focused on my health and weight loss goals. I don’t have too much will power, so if there are sweets in the house; they’re not there for long. Not wanting to deprive myself I have settled with doing up a dessert for my husband and I to enjoy once a month. This month’s dessert was cinnamon buns and I’m about to share the best cinnamon recipe ever.

Cinnamon Buns

Before this, I have only made cinnamon buns once and they didn’t turn out the way I liked them. Back in December my friend Megan told me about a particular recipe and how they come out perfect every time. Megan’s baking is always spot on (I would know, I was lucky enough to receive her in our group’s Christmas baking exchange) so I knew this had to be a dynamite recipe. After digging around the internet in frantic search for this perfect cinnamon rolls I found out the original recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman. No wonder they’re so delicious. Have you ever visited her blog? If not, check it out BUT do so after you read this recipe because I guarantee, you will be on her site for hours.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This is the best cinnamon bun recipe ever. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Updated: December 19, 2013. I made them again yesterday and updated the photos (they’re much nicer, don’t you think?). Also, these are great for making ahead of time and sticking in the freezer, I did it with the glaze and all. One more note: next time I make these I will double the glaze recipe. The current recipes does not cover every roll.

Best Cinnamon Bun Recipe Ever

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Best Cinnamon Rolls Ever

This recipe is halved from the original recipe by the Pioneer Woman. I used a disposable turkey roasting pan and it fit the majority of the rolls, the rest I put in a cake pan to bake.

The original recipe makes approximately 8 round pans worth.


For The Dough:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsps dry active yeast (1 pkg)
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
For The Filling:
  • 1 cup melted butter (more for greasing pans)
  • 1/8 cup ground cinnamon for sprinkling
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more as needed
For The Frosting:
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. maple flavoring
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
  • 1/8 cup brewed coffee
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a medium sized pot pour your milk, vegetable oil and 1/2 cup of sugar. You are then going to scald the mixture, your milk will be ready right before it begins to boil and it becomes foamy around the sides. Take off burner and let sit for at least 45 minutes.
  3. When the mixture is lukewarm add your yeast and let it sit for a minute and you can see the yeast expand. Add four cups of flour and combine. Cover and let rise for an hour.
  4. Add 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix together. Now’s the fun part.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until about 1/4” thick. Take a pastry brush and brush the melted butter on. Spread the sugar out evenly on top of the butter and complete it with a showering of cinnamon.
  6. Starting with the wide end, roll the dough tightly to you. Seal the seams and ends by pinching them. You will then take your pastry brush again and butter the pans you plan to make with. Take a knife and cut the dough into 1” pieces, laying them in the pan. Let rise for another 30 minutes. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Immediately when you remove them from the oven, pour the frosting over them.
  8. Frosting Directions:
  9. Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth and pourable.

If this recipe comes out to 24, they're about 292 calories each.

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UPDATE (December 25 2014)

I made some slight adjustments and made these bad boys even that much more yummier. Check out these Maple Butter Cinnamon Rolls.

Maple Butter Cinnamon Rolls recipe - the most amazing cinnamon rolls ever

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51 comments on “Gooey Cinnamon Rolls – The Last Recipe You Will Ever Try”

  1. It’s so funny that you post about the Pioneer Woman because I just reading her site last night! I was looking for spaghetti sauce recipes and didn’t use the recipe exactly but it was fun to read for sure.

  2. This looks like a good recipe. I have to try it and see if it will replace the one I currently use.

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  4. My goodness those look delicious!!

  5. Those look amazing! I love cinnamon rolls, but never tried making them from scratch.

  6. My boys would love to have these for breakfast sometime. I just hesitate to make things that yummy for fear that I’d eat too much.

  7. I love making homemade cinnamon rolls. There is nothing like them!

  8. That just made me super hungry! love cinnamon rolls!

  9. So Randa do you add the other ingredients after the dough rises? I want to try this they look delicious

  10. Pshhhh… who cares what the calorie count is when they look that good!

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  13. ohhhh that looks seriously amazing!!!

  14. oh these look dangerously delicious!

  15. See I have a problem… I won’t stop eating them 🙂 What a yummy recipe!

  16. My late mother in law was the queen of cinnamon buns, my hubby misses having them around at family meals. Maybe I’ll surprise him with a special treat. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration to try these.

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  19. I just made these, they are PERFECT. I only omited the scalding/cooling of the milk and just heated it a few minutes in the microwave….great taste, very fluffy – puffy- good!!
    here, take a look…

  20. Hi! I was just wondering if the brewed coffee has to be freshly brewed/hot?

  21. I will try this recipe if better than the other one I use

  22. I tried these and they turned out awesome. The only thing i did different is i melted butter brown sugar and a tablespoon of water in a small pot then poured that in the bottom of the pan then placed the cinnamon rolls on top of that let rise then baked they turned out extra gooey so awesome however i like them that way everyone is different.

  23. I made these yesterday and…. holy cats…MAKE THEM NOW!! I am not a baker and I didn’t even screw these up! Anything that involves making a dough scares me away, but I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did. I substituted the maple extract with vanilla extract and it turned out fantastic.

    • They’re foolproof, right? I can’t make cinnamon buns for the life of me (they always end up dry). I think this recipe works well because of scalding the milk. That must be the magic trick!

    • Made them tonight in my dorm! They were positutely delicous. I ran out of powdered sugar so instead I lined the bottom of the pan with about a cup of melted butter mixed with about a 1/2 cup of brown sugar to make sticky buns……..I’m in heaven!! My roomates loved them! Thanks for the recipe!
      They turned out very fluffy. I was surprised to see the dough doesn’t need any eggs. Why is that?

    • I’m not too sure why but a lot of cinnamon recipes I have used in the past don’t call for eggs either.

      Good call on the brown sugar! I’m going to give that a try.

  24. Question…. Can I let these rise overnight(for the 2nd rise) in the pan then bake in the morning? If so should they rise on counter or in the fridge?

    • Hmm…I’m not sure. I have never tried this. I did a quick Google search and found this:

      “Allowing a dough to rise “too long” (whatever that may be), allows the dough to ferment, which makes it sort of acidic and creates a sort of “sour” tasting bread.

      Nothing necessarily wrong or harmful with that, but it’s not something necessarily desireable in all instances.”

  25. Oh my!!!!! They look FABULOUS!!!! Can you make some for me?? Pretty Please? I’m off to check out The Pioneer Woman!

  26. If I wanted to freeze them, would I do so after the dough has risen? And then to bake them, do I let them thaw before baking? Do they have to rise again?
    They look delicious!

    • Hi Rebecca,
      I just baked them and covered them in the glaze and tossed them in the freezer. I am then going to take them out on Christmas Eve and let them thaw and toss them in the oven for Christmas morning to warm up 🙂

    • Thanks! That sounds so easy!

  27. These are the best cinnamon buns EVER, and so easy to make!
    Thank you!

  28. Fantastic recipe! Easy and absolutely delicious, I highly recommend this one, you won’t be disappointed!

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  31. This is the fist time I was able to make cinnamon rolls without messing it up, every time I have made cina rolls never comes out quite right for some reason, this is a fool proof recipe must, fantastic recipe.

  32. These look absolutely amazing! I have one son who LOVES cinnamon rolls so I am definitely going to give these a try! Thank you so much for linking them up with us at Foodie Fridays!

  33. I made these. I wasn’t a fan at all. Too much sugar in the dough makes it taste very yeasty and it isn’t a nice sourdough yeasty flavour either.
    This was a huge butter waster in my book.

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