Easy Cinnamon Rolls swirled with icing

Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are so, so good I can't express it enough. They are at their absolute best warm from the oven. One of my VERY favourite things to eat. They are INCREDIBLE.

Course Buns
Cuisine American
Keyword Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proving Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 538 kcal
Author applytofaceblog


  • 120 grams unsalted butter
  • 150 mls milk
  • 70 grams of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 400 grams plain flour
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 x 7 grams yeast packets
  • 30 grams of melted butter for brushing on just before baking

Cinnamon Filling

  • 110 grams unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsps ground cinnamon
  • 70 grams sugar


  • 120 grams icing sugar
  • 3 tbsps milk
Metric - U S Customary


  1. Put  milk in saucepan and warm gently till a light bubble ,remove immediately.

  2. Add sugar to pan and stir to dissolve then add egg and mix again.
  3. In mixing bowl (food mixer bowl) put dry ingredients in, place salt and yeast on opposite sides as salt kills yeast.

  4. Add the milk liquid slowly as you start to mix. Add the soft butter. The dough will be sticky. If using a food mixer just keep mixing for five mins on a medium speed or take out and knead by hand for ten, until it becomes smoothish and soft. If it doesn't seem to want to come together  then add a little flour in increments until it forms a wet dough.

  5. Oil the bowl, twiddle the dough lightly around in the oil and cover bowl with the clingfilm. Put somewhere warm and wait till it doubles in size. This may take two hours.

  6. Meanwhile mix the cinnamon filling ingredients together.

  7. When dough is big enough, empty out onto surface and knock out most of air with a few knocks.Then roll out into rectangle roughly 9" by 15"

  8. Spread the cinnamony, sugary butter, leaving 1/2 " border.

  9. Roll rectangle up long ways tightly into a giant cigar.

  10. Use a sharp knife to cut up roll in 2"increments. Saw through the roll rather than push down so as not to squash the slices.

  11. Place rolls in large muffin trays that you have oiled or buttered well and cover with oiled clingfilm and leave to rise again somewhere warm until nearly doubled in size and beautifully puffy. You can put them in any tray or baking container as long as it has sides of 10cm or so. I just find they bake so much better individually.

  12. Brush melted butter gently over the top.
  13. Bake in 180 Celsius oven for about 20/30 mins or until nicely brown. It is best to keep a close eye on the baking so they do not burn. Ovens can be temperamental things. Leave in tin to cool for ten mins before gently placing them on a wire rack to cool. Use a blunt knife to help them out.

  14. Once cooled a bit, mix icing and drizzle over. 

  15. OMG, OMG Apply To Face.

Recipe Notes

To make these the day beforeĀ  you want to eat them you can make these up until the second prove begins. Cover them with oiled clingfilm and then leave in the fridge. Bring them out a couple of hours before you want to bake them to allow the dough to come up to room temperature and puff up for the second prove.

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.