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Big Fat 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are GINORMOUS and take less than one hour to make!! It doesn’t get any better than this.

These cinnamon rolls are GINORMOUS and take less than one hour to make!! It doesn't get any better than this.

Ladies and gents, may I present my current favorite recipe for big, fat, deliciously fluffy, and supremely quick and easy cinnamon rolls!

I make cinnamon rolls at least 2 or 3 times a month. By far and away my favorite food. Besides chocolate chip cookies, obvs. Nothing says homey, cozy, family together-y time like a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls.

And nothing says omg-I’m-gonna-die-of-starvation like waiting for dough to rise and rise and rise. So there will be none of that here! I mean, there is some rising. But we’re speeding it up real quick-like and keeping this whole process to under an hour TOPS, so no sweat!

These cinnamon rolls are GINORMOUS and take less than one hour to make!! It doesn't get any better than this.

First, we’re starting with my Aunt Carol’s famous crescent roll recipe. But we’re skipping the first rise. Don’t worry, it’ll be fine.

Then we’ll fill it up with cinnamon and butter and sugar, roll it up, and cut it into big, fat, chunky slices.

Next: a quick little rise. Just a smidge of one, really. My secret? Do it on top of a heating pad! Who else does this? It’s a fabulous little life-saving tip. Just place the baking sheet right on top of a warm heating pad, cover it with a towel, and give it about 10-15 minutes to let them get nice and airy inside.

These cinnamon rolls are GINORMOUS and take less than one hour to make!! It doesn't get any better than this.

Pop ’em into the oven, and wham-bam! 15-20-ish minutes later, you’ve got these AMAZING looking cinnamon rolls.

Next: my super quick and easy just-like-canned-cinnamon-rolls frosting! I could drink this stuff, seriously. I mean, I like cream cheese frosting and all, I really do. But for me, this simple buttery glaze is better than anything on a fresh, warm cinnamon roll.

These cinnamon rolls are GINORMOUS and take less than one hour to make!! It doesn't get any better than this.

Also, props to my mom for this shot. We had a struggle with the pouring thing, but she got it eventually😂.

These cinnamon rolls are GINORMOUS and take less than one hour to make!! It doesn't get any better than this.

Breakfast is served!

Or lunch or brunch or dinner or snack. Whatever. I wouldn’t judge.

Big Fat 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are GINORMOUS and take less than one hour to make!! It doesn't get any better than this.

Ingredients:

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold (frozen is best)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4-6 cups flour

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

FOR THE ICING:

  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Directions:

  1. Dissolve the yeast into 1/4 cup warm (about 125ºF or the same temp as a warm bath) water with 1 tbsp sugar.
  2. Bring the milk to boiling over medium-high heat. Stir frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and add cold butter to bring the temperature of the milk down quickly. Stir occasionally as butter melts. Milk needs to cool to about 125ºF (think warm bath water).
  4. While the milk is cooling, beat the eggs and 1/2 cup sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the yeasty water, the warm milk-butter mixture, the salt, and 4 cups of flour to the mixing bowl. Use the bread hook to mix and knead.
  5. Once a sticky wet dough has formed, add more flour (by 1/4 cup at a time) until the dough is pulling away from the edge of the bowl (but still slightly sticky). Cover and set aside.
  6. Mix together the 1 cup brown sugar with the cinnamon. Set aside.
  7. Roll the dough into a large, thick rectangle (about the size of a 9x13 baking dish). Brush 1/4 cup melted butter over the rectangle. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top.
  8. Roll the dough, starting at the long side. Slice into 9 pieces. Place them cut side down into a well greased 9x13 baking dish or sheet.
  9. Cover and let rise on a warm heating pad until doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375ºF.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top.
  11. Make the icing: vigorously whisk together the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until a smooth icing forms. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls before serving warm.

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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.

12 comments on “Big Fat 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Yum! I love making my own cinnamon rolls and I have about 10 recipes to try out. I have a cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe on my blog. They are the best. Any cinnamon roll for that matter. Thanks for sharing! Love FlournFriends

  2. We always make cinnamon rolls on New Years Day too! These look fabulous.

  3. It was a long break! I’m happy to be getting back into the swing of things and so glad you’re back! :) I’m happy you had a good Christmas, and got to see all your family. The cinnamon rolls look so great. I love cinnamon rolls SO much.

  4. Glad you’re back & SO glad I got to see you over the holidays! These cinnamon rolls look AMAZING. Yuuuum. :)

  5. Such a great idea making them for a New Years tradition! I have never made them from scratch. Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

  6. Oh those would be everyday treats for me, they look so good!

  7. what a great way to welcome the new year with such a sweet treat come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2012/01/caramelized-bread-pudding.html

  8. Looks delish! Happy New Year!

  9. I LOVE homemade cinnamon rolls. Thanks for linking up!

  10. My mom makes fantastic cinnamon rolls but I have never made them from scratch! It is one of the things on my to-do list!

  11. They look amazing! We make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning but no reason not to have them another time of year! Just pinned your recipe.

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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