For a cozy morning treat, give this small-batch cinnamon rolls recipe a try. The sweet rolls are made with only a few simple ingredients and take minimal effort to create.
When you bake these homemade cinnamon buns, your house will be filled with a wonderful aroma. But the best part is biting into a fresh one from the oven. The taste is sweet and indulgent and sure to satisfy.
These classic rolls are topped with cream cheese frosting which adds an extra layer of decadence that can’t be beaten. Each bite of these light and fluffy pastries will leave your mouth watering for more.
Although these cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious, you won't have to worry about overeating. This recipe makes just four rolls so that you can enjoy the deliciousness without making an entire pan full.
To create these tasty treats, all you need is some common baking ingredients. You may even have everything in your kitchen.
To make this small batch of cinnamon rolls, you will need to have the following on hand:
- Active dry yeast
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Powdered sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Butter (both salted and unsalted)
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
Scroll down to the recipe card for the amounts needed.
You don't need to be an experienced baker to make this easy cinnamon roll recipe. The process is super easy. Simply prepare the cinnamon roll dough, roll it out, sprinkle a sweet cinnamon mixture on top, roll it into a log, then cut into rolls. That's it!
If you need more details, check out the step-by-step directions below.
Add yeast, warm milk, and a pinch of sugar to a small bowl. Allow it to sit for five minutes.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add yeast mixture and melted butter.
Knead into a dough then form into a ball.
Cover and let dough rise in a warm place to double in size.
While the cinnamon roll dough is rising, make the filling by mixing brown sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
Roll the prepared dough into a rectangle
Brush on softened butter and sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly over the top.
Roll the dough into a log shape. Cut into 4 equal rolls and bake.
Add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl.
Whisk the ingredients together to make the cream cheese icing.
Remove the rolls from the oven and spread the icing over them.
The cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed warm with the melty cream cheese frosting drizzling down the sides.
There are many ways to vary a cinnamon roll recipe. Here's a few suggestions:
- Use different types of flour. Replacing all-purpose flour with whole wheat or almond flour will change the texture and nutritional profile of the rolls
- Adjust the amount of sugar and cinnamon in the filling. Experiment with the amounts of cinnamon and sugar used to suit your taste preferences
- Add different types of nuts or dried fruit to the filling. This will give the rolls added flavor and texture
- Try different types of liquid in the dough. Using a non-dairy milk or juice can change the flavor and sweetness of the dough.
- Change the fat in the dough. Try a non-dairy fat like coconut oil or shortening to change the flavor and texture.
- Experiment with different glazes or frostings. Spreading on maple icing with bacon pieces is a delicious way to change the topping!
- Add an extract to the dough or frosting. Vanilla or almond extract are flavors that go well with the cinnamon filling.
There are many variations you could make to the recipe so go ahead and customize it to your liking.
Here are some tips for making homemade cinnamon rolls:
- Use room temperature ingredients, particularly for the dough, to ensure that everything mixes together evenly and rises properly.
- Be sure to knead the dough for the appropriate amount of time, as this helps to develop the gluten and create a smooth, elastic dough.
- Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until it has doubled in size. This can be done by preheating your oven to 200°F, turning it off and then keeping the dough inside the oven.
- Roll out the dough into a large, even rectangle before adding the filling to ensure that the rolls will be uniform in size and shape.
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into rolls, as this will help them retain their shape during baking.
- Allow the rolls to rise for a second time after cutting them, this will help them to puff up and become more tender.
- Bake the rolls in a preheated oven, and keep an eye on them so that they do not over bake
- Apply any glaze or frosting when the rolls are still warm, it will be easier to spread and will adhere better to the rolls.
Additionally, you'll want to plan ahead because the dough will need time to rise.
Cinnamon rolls go well with a hot cup of coffee or tea for a quick breakfast or brunch treat. Add a side of bacon or baked sausage for a more substantial meal. Or add them to sweets table for brunch with similar items like crescent roll cheesecake bars.
You can also turn them into a dessert by adding whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or add some fruit like sliced apple, berries, or a banana.
If stored properly, the cinnamon rolls will retain their quality and you'll be able to enjoy the leftovers for a few days. Keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
The rolls will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week if placed in an airtight container. Just heat them up in the microwave or oven before serving to bring them back to their original texture and taste.
The rolls can also be frozen by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap, then placing them in a resealable plastic bag. Frozen cinnamon rolls will last for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature or heat them up in the oven or microwave before serving.
It depends on the recipe and how many you are making. Generally, it takes about an hour to prepare the dough, let it rise, roll out the dough, spread it with filling, and cut it into rolls. Then they need to bake for another 20-25 minutes. So in total, it should take around 1 - 1.5 hours to make a batch of cinnamon rolls.
To make cinnamon rolls, you'll generally need all-purpose flour, active dry yeast, granulated sugar, salt, butter, milk, and ground cinnamon. You'll also need a rolling pin and a greased baking pan.
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Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls
- 5 tablespoons warm milk 105-115°F
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
Cream cheese frosting
- 3- oz cream cheese softened
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt exclude if using salted butter
- Start making the dough by adding yeast, warm milk, and a pinch of sugar to a small bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes until foamy.
- In a medium bowl or mixer bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Knead with a dough hook attached for 5 minutes or with your hands. Add a little more flour if needed. The dough should be soft and not overly sticky.
- Form a ball and transfer it to a greased medium bowl to rise. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and leave to rise in a warm place to double the size for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, make the filling by mixing brown sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Grease a small square or rectangular baking dish.
- Once the dough has risen, lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough into a rectangle about 5x10 inches. Brush the softened butter and sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly.
- Roll the dough gently with your hands tightly into a log shape. Cut with a sharp knife into 4 equal rolls. Transfer the rolls to the prepared baking dish
- Let it sit for another 20 minutes to rise.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until lightly browned.
- Prepare the icing by whisking cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt until smooth.
- Remove the rolls from the oven and spread the icing on top.
- Serve immediately.