Best-Ever Holiday Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Best-Ever Holiday Cinnamon Roll Recipe


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Cinnamon is one of the most celebrated flavors of the winter season. This easy cinnamon roll recipe is a great way to kick off the day. Wake up your family with the wonderful aroma of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls rising in the oven. It's a breakfast treat to remember.

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Serving Size / Yield

12 rolls


  • Dough:
  • 1/4 C. warm water
  • 1 C. milk, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 C. butter, softened
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 C. all purpose white flour
  • 1/2 package instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz box)
  • 1 Tbs. bread machine yeast
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • Filling:
  • 1 C. brown sugar -- packed 1 Tbs. cinnamon,
  • 1/4 C. butter -- softened
  • Cream Cheese Cinnamon Frosting:
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 oz. light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 C. butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 Tbs. milk
  • 1 1/2 C. powdered sugar

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Dough: Add the dough ingredients, in the order listed, to the bread machine and prepare using the dough setting. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to an 18" by 30" rectangle. The dough can also be handmade. If you use regular yeast, you may want to let the rolls proof for 15-30 minutes after assembly. Filling: In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread the softened butter over the dough and evenly sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll up tightly. Mark the roll every 2 inches. With a thread cut the roll by placing the thread under the roll at your mark, crisscross over and pull to cut. Place rolls into greased 8" or 9" baking pans 2" apart. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place until almost double, approximately 1 hour. After rising, rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cream Cheese Cinnamon Frosting: In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla and milk. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon and mix until smooth. Spread on warm rolls and serve immediately.  

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