The Best and Biggest Cinnamon Rolls

There is nothing more special to make for a brunch or weekend breakfast than homemade cinnamon rolls.  The aroma in the house is unmistakable.  It is truly an expression of love to make this recipe for your friends and family.  Don't be intimated - the recipe was created by Liz Horne of "Sweet Things by Lizzie" fame.  Her recipes are delicious but easy to produce for even the novice baker. 

Ingredients - Rolls

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • (1) – .25 ounce package instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg

Ingredients - Filling

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove it from the heat
  3. Mix in the butter and stir until melted. Let cool until slightly warm
  4. In a large mixing bowl, with a dough hook, combine 2 and 1/4 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt and mix well
  5. Add water, egg and the milk mixture and beat well
  6. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.  When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. This will take 3-5 minutes
  7. Cover the dough with a damp, warm cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. While it is resting, make the filling by mixing together the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small bowl
  8. Roll the dough into a 12×9 inch rectangle (more or less). You don’t need to be exact, but it helps to get close because of the ratio of filling over the dough should be the right thickness
  9. Spread the filling over the dough. Sprinkle the pecans over the filling, if you are using them
  10. Roll up the dough and pinch to seal. At this point, you can cut the dough into 6, 8, or 12 equal pieces. I like my rolls to be extra big and fat, so I cut the roll in half, then cut each half into thirds making 6 extra large rolls
  11. Butter a glass baking dish and place the rolls in a 12 or 13×9 inch baking pan. If you are making 12 rolls, use the 13×9 pan, and the smaller pan for 6 or 8 rolls
  12. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 to 30 minutes
  13. Bake for 10 minutes and rotate the pan. Bake another 5 and check for doneness. You may need another few minutes after that. The rolls should be golden brown when they are done
  14. Cool the rolls and make the glaze while they are cooling

Ingredients - Vanilla Cream Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon best quality vanilla
  • 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream. You may want to use more or less depending on how you like your glaze. I like mine thick, so I whisk in the cream until it is the desired thickness

Preparation - Glaze

  1. Combine all ingredients until you have the desired thickness
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the rolls when they are still warm. The warmer the rolls, the more the glaze will ooze into the rolls

Prep time: 20 minutes

Bake time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Recipe and photo reprinted with the permission of Liz Horne


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