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Cinnamon Rolls

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I always says that cinnamon rolls are a “special occasion” food. But, in truth, we make these pretty often. I do always try to stick to the “special occasion” rule, but it just turns out that there are way more special occasions throughout the year than I ever knew about!

Aside from the 50 other times a year I bust out this recipe, we especially enjoy these on New Year’s Eve.

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Chris and I don’t have very many holiday traditions that we can call all our own. We always spend Thanksgiving and Christmas at one set of parents’ or the other, and we usually just go with whatever longstanding holiday traditions that particular family does.

But New Year’s Eve is ours.

The tradition is pretty simple. We start making the cinnamon rolls around 10:30ish, pop in a Meg Ryan + Tom Hanks movie, and eat the cinnamon rolls warm and gooey right around midnight.

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It’s not really that big of a deal, but I love it. It’s warm and cozy, and I look forward to it every year.

Annnnnnnnnd they usually make an appearance around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, my birthday, General Conference, for overnight guests,  and on any day of the year that requires an especially serious dose of sugar, carbs, and ooey gooey…

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Anyway. These are a true staple in our home. I could eat them again, and again, and again… and I often do ;) .


Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1 Recipe Basic Bread Dough, risen once
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 - 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Divide dough into 2 even balls. For each ball, follow all of the below instructions:
  2. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch on a well floured surface.
  3. Melt 3 tbsp of the butter and drizzle it over the dough.
  4. Mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle it evenly over the butter and dough.
  5. Roll the dough jelly-roll style. Cut into approximately 12 slices.
  6. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Place the cinnamon rolls close together in the dish. Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size.
  7. Bake at 365 degrees F for approximately 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  8. For the Frosting:
  9. Use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the sugar and vanilla and mix well. The frosting will only be grainy for about 5 minutes, but it will be smooth after that.
  10. Spread the frosting generously over warm cinnamon rolls and serve fresh.
  11. Makes approximately 24 cinnamon rolls.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

31 comments on “Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. That sounds like a fun New Year’s tradition! Going out for NYE is so over rated. Your cinnamon rolls – absolutely perfect! Pinned!

    • Thanks! We love staying in :) One time my husband convinced me to go out, and I was super miserable. Mostly because I’m a brat, but I just love our little tradition so much!

  2. That sounds like an amazing tradition!!! These look wonderful!

  3. Ahhhh these look so gooey and delicious!

  4. These look amazing Ashton. Sometimes I think that the simple homey recipes are the absolute best, and these definitely fit the bill. I love your New Years tradition. Nathan and I have a small handful of traditions that we’ve built, and they are so special!

    • That’s awesome! I’m wondering if we’ll ever manage to build our own! It looks like we’re probably going to live near family our whole lives, so we’ll see….!

  5. Oh my. I love these! And I love your New Year’s tradition…we always just stay at home and watch movies at our house, but I have no doubt it would be a little more exciting with a pan of these ooey gooey rolls.

    • I’m betting you make something pretty decadent for New Years over there! I’d love to see what you traditionally whip up!!

  6. These look beautiful, I could eat them right now! So lovely xxx

  7. That sounds like a wonderful tradition! I love any cinnamon roll recipe that is simple and easy.

  8. I think we may have a new, New Years Eve tradition, that is great idea!! These rolls are certainly worthy of a special occasion, but I think I could eat them every day!

  9. I need more special days that involve ooey gooey cinnamon rolls! What a fun tradition to ring in the new year! I love that you guys have made that your special one out of every holiday…you guys are just way too cute :-) Now hand me a roll covered in frosting please!!!

  10. They look yummy! You’re right, they should be a special occasion, if not a weekend special treat! Thanks for sharing the recipe!I’ve bookmarked it!

  11. I think that’s a great tradition for New Years!!! I’ve never made Cinnamon Rolls, but it’s always on my “To Make” list! Gonna have to make these very soon!

  12. Awh, I love you and Chris! Cutest. Couple. Ever. Hopefully you made these this AM for his birthday in addition to that glorious waffle I saw on IG :) nothing beats homemade cinnamon rolls, extra gooey-style!

  13. Wow! These cinnamon rolls look so beautiful and I’m sure they’re delicious as well (:

  14. Yum, I have got to try that icing!

  15. These look delicious. Thank the good Lord I just ate some ooey gooey goodness in the form of cinnamon rolls I made today. Oh because it’s a special occasion….uh…tomorrow is my anniversary. And it’s probably National Butter Day or something! ;)

  16. Gorgeous rolls! I love that you have a master dough recipe and use it. I have a post similar to that going out in a few days. And that frosting..need it!


  17. What a great tradition! Although I agree with you that these rolls deserve to be eaten more than once a year – they look SO good!!

  18. Yum! I can´t wait to try this at home, I just found some vegan cream cheese and this is the perfect way to put it in use

  19. Because everything you make is SO amazing.. I must make these ASAP!

  20. these are absolutely incredible! gorgeous photographs and the recipe… amazing! a must-try, for sure :)

  21. These pretty much just look AMAZING! Simple and delicious. Yummmm

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  23. Just checked out your recipe for cinnamon rolls and the dough recipe. Can’t wait to give them both a try. They sound yummy!!

  24. Do you think these could be made up through step 5 and then refrigerated until warming/rising and baking them? I want to have these Christmas morning but there is no way I’ll be able to get that all done before breakfast! I was thinking if I got them in the pan I could refrigerate them overnight and let them warm to room temperature and rise in the morning, but having little to no experience working with dough and yeast based things I don’t know if this will work…

  25. I wanted to know if frozen store bought bread dough could be used?

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