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sinful cinnamon rolls

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Kim Kelemen
Cuba, MO

I made these yesterday, and they are like the title, absolutely sinful. I used two different recipes and tweaked them to make one great recipe. They have a lot of cinnamon and a lot of brown sugar and they just melt in your mouth. They are definitely better warm. Grab a hot cup of coffee and indulge.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We agree with Kim. This cinnamon roll recipe IS sinful! They're soft and fluffy and the balance of cinnamon and sugar is spot on. The icing drizzle on top of the cinnamon rolls is creamy with a hint of vanilla and butter. Oh, these are good!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 8 -12
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For sinful cinnamon rolls

  • 2 pkg
    yeast (I use the pre-packaged kind that comes in a 3 pack)
  • 1/2 c
    warm water (110-120 degrees F)
  • 4
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 tsp
  • 4 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c
    butter, melted, divided (1 1/2 sticks, melted separately)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3-4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • enough milk to make a thick glaze (I use whole milk)

How To Make sinful cinnamon rolls

  • 1
    To make the cinnamon rolls, turn the oven on to 200 degrees F for 3 minutes and then turn it off. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small bowl. Mix and let sit for about 10 minutes or until bubbly. Beat eggs, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. (I use my KitchenAid with the paddle attachment). Then add the yeast mixture. Add 1 cup of flour and beat on high for about a minute or until smooth. Add 1 stick of melted butter; mix well. Then add the remaining 3 1/2 cups of flour in 1/2 cup increments (I switch to my dough hook at this point, or you can mix in the flour and knead by hand). Knead the dough 5 minutes with a mixer or 8-10 minutes by hand.
  • 2
    Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Place a towel on oven rack and put covered bowl in warm oven on top of towel. Let dough rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • 3
    Remove from the oven and punch down the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle until it's about 3/4-in thick.
  • 4
    Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together. Spread the remaining 1/2 stick of melted butter over the dough and sprinkle the sugar mixture over the butter. (At this point you could add raisins or chopped pecans if you wish). Starting from the long end, roll the dough into a log shape and cut into pinwheels according to how thick you want them.
  • 5
    Put the cut rolls close together in a greased 9x13 pan and brush lightly with butter. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 - 25 minutes, or until they start to brown. Start checking them at 20 minutes. They won't rise much while sitting in the pan, but they bake up beautifully.
  • 6
    To make the glaze, mix the ingredients together in a large bowl. Drizzle over the hot rolls. You may want to double the glaze if you like a little more.