• Rabab Awada

Classic Cinnamon Rolls



  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

  • 1 cup milk lukewarm

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup butter unsalted, softened, or margarine

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • 1 cup brown sugar packed

  • 3 tbsp cinnamon

  • 3/4 cup butter unsalted, softened.

Cream cheese icing

  • 6 tbsp butter unsalted, softened, or margarine

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar also known as icing sugar, or confectioner's sugar

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese at room temperature

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk with a tsp of sugar (you can take a tsp out of the 1/4 cup of sugar) in a large bowl. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. If the yeast is good, it will start to froth up.

  • To the bowl of your mixer add the sugar, butter vanilla, salt, eggs, and flour and mix until well incorporated.

  • Pour the milk/yeast mixture over the flour mixture and using the dough hook, mix well until well incorporated and the dough comes clean from the side of the bowl.

  • Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  • Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

  • Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

  • Roll the dough out on a lightly flour the surface, until it is approximately 16 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should be approximately 1/4 inch in thickness.

  • Spread the 3/4 cup of butter evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with the sugar/cinnamon evenly over the surface of the dough.

  • Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.

  • Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan. You can also use floss to cut into slices, as seen in the video. Place the cut rolls in the prepared pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rise for another 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cooking time can vary greatly!

  • While the rolls are baking make the icing by mixing all the icing ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth.

  • When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.