I’m not really much of a cook (the fact that I eat out 90% of my meals may have already told you that) but I do adore making breads and desserts. I have tried many cinnamon roll recipes in my 27 years of life but this is the true winner. This recipe you can make the night before and bake them in the morning to make life easier too. I have never met a human being that didn’t love these:
3 1/2 cups warm water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil
5 Tbs. yeast
Combine above 4 ingredients in a large bowl and let rest 15 minutes.
10 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbs. salt
Mix into the yeast mixture 5 cups of flour, eggs and salt with an electric mixer until smooth.
Beat in by hand the remaining flour. Pour out onto floured board and knead until smooth (about 7 minutes) adding flour as needed but be careful not to add too much).
Let rest 15 minutes.
Divide dough in half and roll each half out to approximately 12″ x 30″. Melt 1/2 cup butter and spread evenly over each rolled dough (1/4 cup on each).
Sprinkle with a generous amount of cinnamon and about 1/2 cup sugar.
Roll up each half and slice into 20 rolls (40 rolls total).
Place on large cookie sheet (or circular pans like we do) and let rise about 20 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes (or until desired doneness) at 400 degrees.
3 1/2 – 4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbs. milk (enough to make it spreading consistency)
Beat together with electric mixer until smooth.
If you want to make them the night before (or a few days before) then cook them for just 5 minutes, wrap them in seran wrap and freeze them. Take them out of the freezer for about an hour in the morning and then bake them the rest of the way (for us it was about another 8 minutes)!
PS using canvas to roll out your dough (pie, breads etc) makes life so much easier!!!
Brooke has a recipe for soup to share with you: Watermelon, fish, banana, cheese and a turkey drumstick.
We got Brooke’s kitchen HERE. FYI it took me and my dad 4 hours (okay, my dad did most of the work but I organized everything for him) to put it together. It is incredibly sturdy and watching movies while making it made it more fun.
And an important running lesson from Curly: She taught me that you will be warmer if you cover your ears with your hands while running in the snow. Try it on your next run and report back to me on how it went.
What are you really good at cooking/baking? Not so good at cooking/baking?
What are you up to today?!?!
Anyone else feeling extra exhausted after Christmas? Brooke and I both slept in until 9ish.
aw! Brooke’s soup recipe is so adorable :)
We love cinnamon rolls here as well. I could seriously eat them for every meal. Thank for you sharing a realistic recipe. Lord knows I have no skill or time to make a “healthified” blogger version of a cinnamon roll. Anyways-
I am so exhausted as well. I plan to go to bed at 9 and sleep at least until 9 tomorrow.
Aimee - funfitgirl
Your cinnamon rolls turned out beautiful!! I love that so many families have the tradition of eating cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.
I am not the greatest at cooking anything…but I can follow a recipe :). I like baking far better than cooking!…and I hate cleaning up either :)
I like to bake/cook anything I can eat…and I like to eat everything, and a lot of it, so I guess it’s a good thing I like to bake/cook.
I bet my food would taste better if it came from Brooke’s kitchen. Seriously want that thing for myself.
We got back home today, went to lunch (been wanting pho all day errr day lately) and now we are playing with the kids and their new toys :) Christmas time is swell.
Since I didn’t get up till 8, I did not run this morning. I am planning on getting my rub on in an hour. Unless dark chocolate acai berries and my new ‘Newsies’ did wins. My favorite present this year :) what was yours??
Run, not rub. And DVD, not dib. Dang
I need to either proof read before publish or not at all and live in an auto correct ignorant world.
brooke’s recipe is going to be dinner tonight I think. do you deliver? ;) yeah, I was up until 1am Christmas eve setting up presents and then got a nice wake up call at 4:30 to open them. eek. their faces were the best though! :)
Megan @ Meg Go Run
Dang now I want some cinnamon rolls. I am not really “good” at making anything except casseroles… you know, the mix everything together and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min type casseroles. :)
Yummy looking soup Brooke :)
I can cook and bake almost anything. I thank my mother for that skill. I dont have much experience making breads or cinnamon rolls because of all the kneading. I could be good at it but honestly, I dont want to because then I would make them all the time. I make a really good lasagna that my family begs for. It takes 2 days to make it because I make the sauce from scratch the day before and let it sit. The recipe came from my italian great aunts.In fact I will be making it for new years eve. Wanna come over? :)
It took me almost 2 hours to clean the kitchen this morning and I had a few appointments to take care of. Other than that the library is on my list.
Those cinnamon rolls look awesome! I definitely need to try that recipe. I’m not a good cook–I’d burn the house down. My husband cooks everything for me :-)
Those cinnamon rolls look to die for!
Those cinnamon scrolls look delicious. When I recover from Christmas I’ll give them a whirl. Love Brooke’s kitchen. Thank goodness for you Dad, I would have had a nervous breakdown or a domestic trying to put that together. I will be doing as little as possible today!
Ooh those cinnamon rolls looks on good! What did you do for the frosting? Brooke’s kitchen looks awesome! We just got one for my nephew from ikea, and he loves it as well!
Elizabeth @ my neon running shoes
I’m really good at desserts! And not following recipes and just making up stuff and having it turn out well! I think cooking is fun :) Love Brooke’s first recipe! Very authentic.
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
My son was obsessed with the kitchen and putting the foods in all of the pots and drawers and bins. So fun, she will love it and it will keep her busy for hours! I need to try making cinnamon rolls, I never have. I am great at cookies, brownies and today I tackled a birthday chocolate fudge cake!
Sanaz @ runforcake
I’m impressed. That recipe looks great. I can’t believe you made so many. We got my daughter that same kitchen. It took us forever to set it up too but how cute is it? I had so much fun stalking it with all her pots and pans and fake food!
I’m drained today. I wanted to go for a run today but I felt dead.
We came to south beach to visit friends but it rained most of the day :(
My kids have loved their kitchen and cooked me many meals similar to what Brooke made :)
I make awesome sourdough bread. It’s super easy but tastes like it’s from a bakery. Breads and desserts are my favorite to make, too.
I’m exhausted but it has more to do with being up at night with a newborn!
My kids are tired and grumpy. Regular BEdtime tonight.
Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom
I slept until 9ish, too! The only thing I like about running in this cold weather is that it warms up (typically) during the day so I can sleep in and run later…unlike in FL when I have to be up early to not die! And Curly’s trick is dead on…Yesterday I forgot my headband/ear warmer and I had to let my hair down to cover my ears so that I wouldn’t freeze to death..or lose my ears.
Kelly in Canada
Today I am hitting Boxing Day sales! And reading. I never have time to read, but now I’m on holidays! Woot!
Nikki @ will run for pizza
I am sick in bed and crying about it like a little girl. My own fault. I thought I was feeling back to normal yesterday so I did a 4 mile run in 18*. The sore throat yesterday after my run turned into pretty much the flu today. I learned: I either need to keep it on the treadmill or buy a neck/face scarf!
Your cinnamon rolls look great- I tried to make some yesterday but they didn’t rise and look like swirly hockey pucks. I am blaming it on old yeast. I do make an amazing baked mac and cheese dish, with chicken, tomatoes, broccoli, and spinach. Healthy (kind of…i mean, there are veggies) and delicious!
I am a horrible cook but I am awesome at baking desserts. I make the best chocolate brownies ever topped with homemade chocolate icing, ice cream, whipped cream and cherries.
I have had a nasty cold since Christmas Eve but I did run 5 miles today and it felt soooooooo good.
Thanks for sharing your cinnamon rolls recipe! What do you do for icing?
I’m glad you had a great Christmas; you and Brooke deserve it.
The Hungry Runner Girl
Oops!!! Let me add that!
Runner Girl Eats
Those cinnamon rolls look so tasty. I will be dreaming of those tonight!
Leigha @ Minougirl
I’m okay at the cooking part it’s just the thinking what to make that I’m terrible at! These cinnamon rolls look AWESOME but they’re a little too much work for me! I make mine from a package :)
Debbie @ Deb Runs
Today is a total kickback day for us… Lazy and enjoying the family!
I love cinnamon rolls lately! I tried Iowa Girl Eat’s Caramel Cinnamon Rolls a few weeks ago and pretty sure they became a Christmas morning tradition this year :) I might have to try your trick of freezing them and baking them the rest of the way later. I don’t like to spend time in the mornings prepping!
I totally love everything cinnamon roll in life! Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal, Cinnamon Roll Pop Tarts, Cinnamon Roll…rolls. :)
I’m back at work, but totally exhausted too. Need a good long sleep tonight… :)
Mmm those look delicious! I’m actually not good at any bread products (like cinammon rolls) that have to rise. I don’t know why, mine just never turn out good.
I’m great at thanksgiving Turkey. Everyone loves mine (very very juicy!) and always wants me to cook it.
Yes I am beyond exhausted today! We had family from out of town at our house so I was a cooking and baking fiend. Up early every day to make breakfasts, dinners, etc. today I “slept in” till 7. Then I had to get my run in before everyone was leaving. I need a nap!
Your cinnamon rolls look amazing! I could have used this recipe two days ago – I ended up with a recipe that required a total rising time of 6 hours. Ain’t nobody got time for that! :) Bookmarking this one for next year!!
Cori @ shes going the distance
I’m trying to start baking cause Cameron has the cooking down ;) can’t wait to try the cinnamon rolls
I literally drooled in my phone, those cinnamon rolls look SO good!
Gracie (Complicated Day)
I’m always looking for a great cinnamon rolls recipe so THANK YOU!
Kris @ Canadian Girl Runs.
Definitely extra exhausted after Christmas – but totally worth it! Glad you survived Christmas (with the aid of those rockin’ cinnamon buns ;)
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
I do think that I have a talent for cooking and baking, but cinnamon rolls always intimidate me! It’s been on my list of things to make for ages now, but I still haven’t tried it. Buuuuuuuuuut when I do finally try it, I’ll have to remember this recipe!
I put V’s kitchen together all by myself, it was super frustrating when I needed more hands, I used my legs and rested it on top of me to get it done. I remember it took awhile, but he has really enjoyed it.
Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run
Wow those look so so so good!
Lauren @Will Run for Boston
Oh my gosh! Homemade cinnamon rolls are so amazing! I’ve used the pioneer woman’s recipe before and they are soooo good!
I went to bed around midnight and didn’t set an alarm. I was curious to see what time I’d wake up… turns out it’s 11:00 a.m. Whaaa~t?! Guess all the good food from yesterday really made me tired.
My mom is super good at baking (even without recipes). I am still learning, hehe.
Im really good at cooking breakfast foods; pancakes, crepes, waffles etc. and I’m not so good at cooking meat.. I always over cook it because Im scared its going to be under cooked!
Today I am running with my new nike sport watch! Ahhh.
And yes I am super exhausted, haha my mom woke me up at like 6:30 for presents…
I need these in my life. Thank you for sharing!
Oh and he’s, I have been wiped all day. I am questioning why I even bothered to shower today? For real. Wiped. I’m with during why I’m even still awake right meow.
Off to bed!!:)
Clearly I am tired since I had two typos…”yes” not “he’s” and ” I’m wondering” not “with during”. Bedtime anyone? Yes.
Courtney @ CardioQueen
I’m very intrigued by “using canvas to roll out your dough with ease” means? I want easy and I want to make these because they look superb!! :)
Mmm, those cinnamon rolls look divine!!
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
Yum these look delicious! I wish I had this recipe Christmas morning. I was looking for a good recipe to make cinnamon rolls but we ended up opting for something a little healthier.
Joanna @ knitlit twit
I feel pretty confident with cookies, bars, and cakes (especially cupcakes, no slicing!), but breads and things with yeast still hold some fear for me!
Love the kitchen!
I’m good at baking cakes (from a mix…lol) and chocolate chip cookies (from scratch). I make killer roasted chicken and vegetables and an amazing meatloaf. Still needed to do some moving today. It feels never-ending!
I love to bake more than cook. In fact, I am making your s’mores bars later on this morning for my husband to take on a ski trip! Yes, I am very tired after the holidays. I think on Christmas night I was in bed by 8 pm and yesterday just really relaxed around the house, watched a movie, got a massage. It’s so much fun but just a lot of activities, interactions, emotions, etc. Just be kind to yourself and take the extra rest/sleep you need :) Hugs!
I was exhausted after Christmas! But we had an 11 hour drive!
Nicole @Pink Elephant on Parade
I found Christmas exhausting so I’m going to go ahead and blame my really slow run on that… And I love baking, unfortunately I will eat all of it because I have no impulse control so it’s basically forbidden in my home.
Oh my gosh those cinnamon rolls look amazing, and the dough has no milk in it, so I could actually eat them! Probably bad news for me.
Today I start the drive back to Philly from Maine. This also means stopping off for a little shopping to break the drive up
I have used Curly’s technique during a race that I do each January. There is a one mile stretch with open fields on both sides of you. The wind whips from left to right. I run the entire mile with my left hand up to shield my face. Nice one, Curly! :)
I can cook anything…baking…just not my thing. Not sure if its becuase I am not a sweets person, or becuase I dont have a mixer or the thought of flour seems to overwhelm me for some reason!?!
Those cinnamon rolls look amazing! I’m better at cooking and the hubby is a baker :) It works well. We took Christmas down! Our house now feels so empty. So tired today…
I hate cooking, but have never really tried baking anything from scratch. Maybe I would love it if I didn’t have to clean up afterwards.
I am totally exhausted from Christmas, but family is still in town and I want to cram in fun every minute I have with them, so rest will come later!
I am with you! I don’t enjoy cooking – but baking is a whole different thing! I have always enjoyed baking. Just wish there were more time. Of course, if I baked more, I would need to run more, and I wouldn’t have time for that! ;-)
Lisa @ runningoutofwine
I have been soo tired! This week really wore me out! That recipe looks really good.
That cinnamon roll recipe looks pretty easy!
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Hi, I’m Susanna, cinnamon rolls addicted :)
I tried to do them several times but nothing special. But this time I have to write it to you: with this recipe they came out excellent.
Thank you for sharing the recipe. You made my year!
I don’t make it a habit of commenting on the finds i get- i usually just enjoy, bookmark and carry on! THIS time, I had to comment..I’m an active single momma of 4 boys, 3 are teens and are still at home and are eating me (always)out of house and home. I’m always on a search for cost friendly and yummable eats for us and have recently in the last year, let go of my ultra urban eating habits, overrated and overpriced garbage filled empty calories that we stuff our face with and have became an avid fan of cooking great, nutritious and cost friendly meals at home instead!
I know some may say…whaaaa? In my former life with all my hustle a& bustle- it was too time consuming to cook..but last year i changed all that!
Last year, in search of following my dreams at the ripe age off 44, i begged my kids to go on an adventure with me from one edge to the next and we packed our stuff, threw the cat ( literally) into the Jeep and we moved across country.
For following my dream, has certainly brought many great experiences…one of the best, I MUST say, is these cinnamon buns! Seriously and humbly. I’ve always been a great cook, not baker, cook :)- but in a pretentious sort of way, but down home food is my true favorite and cinnamon buns are as we know, definitely part of that but in my few attempts over the years, i’ve only been able to come up these hard, crusty and bland in taste ones and i always find there is never enough to the recipe- so much work for so little results..WELL..I only googled cinnamon buns with no milk and voila!- i was blessed with these ones! I don’t know where you came up with this recipe but not only is it realistic, its hands down, by far THE BEST EVER..better than a bakery’s, better than all the ones ive ever had and there’s plenty to go around! They came out soft and sooo good, so insanely perfect!! With or without icing, my teen boys are begging me to make more and its only been 2 days since i made the last batch!
With your recipe i got 54 of the best cinnamon buns in my life and each batch is the same! For some that certainly is too many but for the 4 of us, 3 growing teens and all their friends, it was the perfect size for this family!
At first i balked at 10 1/2 cups of flour! But in retrospect, i actually used exactly that to the ‘T’ except for floured board and a few extra sprinkles. I still am amazed that I made these!
Ive got pictures of these in various stages and all the kids hovered around ripping them from the pans (lol)if you want them!
My friends are begging me for the recipe and i can share so i led them to your site- I bet if you could see the stats for Eastern Canada, where I now am, has had their sales increase in flour, cinnamon etc just for them to now make these! LOL
Not only are these the easiest to make they are the perfect to taste!
These are a true winner and will be family tradition forever in our family!
Thank you – Thank you – Thank you!
Heather & Family!
Hey, can this recipe be cut in half? I don’t need that many since I’m just making it for myself lol but I’m not much of a baker, so I don’t want tot ruin the recipe by cutting it in half.
Please let me know, thanks!
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