Softest Cinnamon Rolls

A girl friend of mine gave me a roll recipe a few years ago called Moments Notice Rolls, you can make rolls in about 30min.  The fastest roll recipe I’ve ever used.  I’ve adapted it and changed it into a fast cinnamon roll recipe.  These really are the best and softest rolls I’ve ever had.  Ready?  Here we go! (psst- printable recipe here)

Mix 1 1/4c warm water with 1/3c oil, 1/4c sugar and one package of rapid rise yeast. Make sure your yeast is room temperature BEFORE you add it to the warm water. Let sit about 15min.  (flying princess fairies are great stir-ers!)

After 15min or so, your yeast should look something like this.

Add 1t salt, 1 egg, 1/2t baking powder, 1/4t baking soda and 3 1/4 flour.  I find this recipe is best mixed by hand.

After all the flour is mixed in let your dough rise another 10min.  Then roll into a rectangle that is about 1/4-1/3″ thick.

Brush with 1/4c melted butter then sprinkle 1/2c sugar and 1T cinnamon onto dough.  Roll into a log.

Be sure to seal the seam and pinch the ends closed.  Cut into 1-1 1/2″ pieces with a sharp knife.  Place cinnamon rolls into greased baking pans and let rise.

My trick for rising is this:  preheat your oven to about 170, then turn it off.  Place cinnamon rolls into warm oven and let rise about 15min.  You can also add a bowl of really hot water on a rack below the cinnamon rolls.  Either of these tricks help your rolls to rise faster.  Bake them at 425 for 15min.

Meanwhile mix 1/4c soft butter with 2T heavy whipping cream, 1t vanilla and 1 1/2c powdered sugar to make your frosting.

When rolls are cooled (but still warm) frost and serve!

14 Responses to “Softest Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. shannon says:

    These cinnamon rolls look so good! Thanks for the recipe, I am definitely going to try it out this weekend.

  2. Karin says:

    I think I will be making cinnamon rolls tomorrow, well we will see how my day goes. BUT I REALLY WANT ONE.

  3. Anne Haun says:

    I absolutely love cinnamon rolls and these look so delicious. Thanks for the recipe – must buy some yeast and give these a try. What a cutie your daughter is!

  4. Sarah Quincy says:

    Those look way yummy! I’m going to give them a try and let you know how it goes:) Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Christina says:

    Wow – those were delicious cinnamon rolls! Not too sweet and the frosting was perfect for them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. Jennifer says:

    We learned about your recipe and had to try it out! These cinnamon rolls are amazing! My 4 year old loved helping me make them too! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Julia says:

    Thanks for the recipe-I have a good sticky bun recipe but it takes FOREVER – I can’t wait to try this one.

  8. Laura says:

    I made these rolls this morning, first morning back to school. Thanks for a great fast recipe, I usually end up with hard rolls and wonder what went wrong. Not this morning — they were light and fluffy! I loved the big pictures, they made everything seem easy.

  9. Deborah says:

    Hi! This recipe looks so yummy….. just a question though from a UK girl who lives in Oz!! Is the rapid rise yeast the same sort I would use in my bread maker? And if it is, how much would be in a package? I buy mine in bulk and that would obviously be TOO much! Can’t wait to try these.


  10. SkylarKD says:

    Oh YUM. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  12. Yvonne says:

    made these last night and shared with coworkers this morning. Very yummy and soooooo easy!

  13. Beverley Chapman says:

    These were delicious….. have just made them and had some for lunch. Only did one thing wrong, we live in Australia and I heated the oven to hot for the first time only to realise that the temp was written in F and not C degrees…. Thank you so much.. Bev

  14. LisaF says:

    I have to tell you, after trying many times, I had given up on soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls. My kids were always comparing mine to a grandmother’s who brought hers to school. They would say, mom yours are so close, the dough is just hard. And it was. I can’t believe how light and fluffy these rolls were. Now mine are the best! Haha! I was so excited to see they were light. I put a few chocolate chips in mine and use a different icing: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup reg sugar and 1/4 c milk. Heat until sugar is melted. Then pour on top. I let icing sit a bit to harden before putting on warm cinnamon rolls.

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