Old Fashioned Homemade Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing

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Old Fashioned Homemade Cinnamon Rolls  

Is there seriously any breakfast treat as delicious as old fashioned homemade cinnamon rolls right out of the oven?  NO. When I was a child, barely big enough to peer over the edge of the Hoosier cabinet, I remember wanting to help my mother roll out her Old Fashioned Homemade Cinnamon Rolls. Sometimes she would make them slightly sticky and others with the cream cheese frosting.

This recipe always seemed daunting so I’m ashamed to admit I stuck to the good old Pillsbury Dough Boy in a can biscuits for the first years of my marriage. My first attempt wasn’t pretty but tasted good so I tried again (and discovered that having a SHARP knife is important).  

After the first couple of bites, I think you’ll agree that this recipe is spectacular.

Supplies you’re going to need

  1. Mixing bowls
  2. A very sharp knife (this is important)
  3. cutting board
  4. Measuring cups
  5. Measuring Spoons
  6. Rolling Pin

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls Recipe


  1. First in a large bowl, mix 1 cup of warm milk, 3 tbsp of real melted butter, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 egg, 1 tsp of salt and one cup of your choice of flour.
  2. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of instant yeast into the batter and mix in.
  3. After it starts getting bubbly, slowly mix in two more cups of flour until you get a soft elastic dough.  
  4. Knead it for five minutes, cover loosely with plastic wrap then let it rise in a warm place for an hour. It will double is size when the dough is ready.
  5. While it’s rising, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar ( I used turbinado cane sugar) and 2 tsp of ground cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. After the dough has doubled, punch it down and turn it onto a floured surface.  
  7. Roll it with a rolling pin until you have an 18″ by 15″ rectangle of dough
  8. Melt a couple tablespoons of butter and spread it over the dough, then sprinkle it with the sugar and the cinnamon mixture
  9. Carefully roll up the dough until you have a big dough log.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Using a VERY sharp knife, cut into 1/2″ slices and lay slices into an ungreased baking dish.
  • Allow slices to rise for 1/2 hour
  • bake at 350 until the tops are lightly browned.

Glaze for Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

While the rolls are rising and baking, go ahead and make the glaze.  They wouldn’t be olf fashioned cinnamon rolls without the cream cheese icing.

  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 oz Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla

I use two cups of powdered sugar.  If you want to avoid weird anti-caking agents or corn starch that are commonly added to ready-made powdered sugar, you can put one cup of sugar into a high-speed blender and powder it.

  1. Add a half cup of milk, a teaspoon of real vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter to the cream cheese.    
  2. If you made your own powdered sugar, allow to sit for a while to completely dissolve sugar.
  3. Stir until well-blended
  4. If you desire slightly thicker glaze, you can add more sugar.

Serve the rolls with glaze and watch them disappear in a hurry.


Like with any recipe, I generally follow it to the T the very first time. However, each time I make it again I add a little of this or a little of that to change things up a bit.

Some other ingredients you could add are

  • Raisins or craisins
  • Chopped walnuts, pecans or other but
  • Brown sugar
  • You could even add some citrus flavor to the cream cheese icing or orange zest

To change out the dough, you could use our sourdough recipe in place of the flour mixture. Here is our quick and easy sourdough bread recipe. If you use any of the suggested changes, let me know how you liked them.




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