Best-Ever Cinnamon Roll Recipes

Homemade cinnamon rolls, with their irresistible aroma and spice swirls, put an extra-delicious spin on breakfast or brunch.


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People Pleasing Cinnamon Rolls

    These flavorful cinnamon rolls have orange zest, chocolate, raisins, and nuts stirred into the traditional cinnamon filling.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Rise  1 hr 
Cool   30 mins 
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Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

    Made with good-for-you wheat germ, white whole wheat flour, nonfat milk powder, and raisins, these honey-sweetened rolls are a splurge you can feel good about sinking your teeth into.

Makes: 15 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Rise  1 hr 30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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Our Best-Ever Cinnamon Rolls

    This recipe lives up to its name with a tender, flaky inside and filling that's just the right mix of sweet and spice.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 rolls
Prep  1 hr 
Rise  1 hr 30 mins  to 1 hr 45 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
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Cinnamon Fantans

    These cinnamon-walnut rolls bloom into impressive fans while rising and baking. The secret? A few snips with a knife or scissors to one side of each roll before rising.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 8 rolls
Prep   30 mins 
Rise  2 hrs 
Bake   12 mins  350°F 
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Heavenly Cinnamon Rolls

    Mashed potato makes these rise-overnight rolls tender and flavorful.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   55 mins 
Rise  1 hr 15 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins  375°F 
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Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

    Peanut butter stirred into the dough and a sweet peanut butter frosting on top make these treats a peanut butter-lover's fave.

Makes: 18 servings
Serving size: 18 rolls
Prep   45 mins 
Rise  1 hr 
Bake   20 mins  375°F 
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Cinnamon Twists

    Put an elegant spin on classic cinnamon rolls by drizzling the dough with icing then cutting it in strips. Fold each strip in half and twist.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Rise  2 hrs 45 mins  to 3 hrs 
Bake   12 mins  to  15 mins  375°F 
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Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

    When you're dreaming of fresh-baked rolls but are short on time, go the almost-homemade route with this recipe that starts with a package of refrigerated crescent rolls.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Bake   15 mins  375°F 
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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

    Gingerbread lends its molasses-and-ginger appeal to these full-flavored rolls. Drizzle them with cinnamon glaze and garnish with sugared cranberries.

Serving size: 12 rolls
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   15 mins 
Rise  1 hr 45 mins 
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Sour Cream Buns

    Sour cream adds richness and a slight tanginess to the dough, contrasting nicely with the sweet, brown sugar-cinnamon filling and icing.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Rise   45 mins 
Bake   15 mins  400°F 
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Cream-Cheese Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

    Keep it simple with this sweet roll recipe that starts with a loaf of purchased bread dough (found in the freezer section) and requires only one rise.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 8 rolls
Prep   30 mins 
Rise   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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Creamy Caramel-Pecan Rolls

    A mixture of powdered sugar and whipping cream sprinkled with pecans give these cinnamon rolls a rich, creamy topping with a crunch.

Serving size: 24 rolls
Prep   25 mins 
Rise  1 hr 
Bake   20 mins  to  25 mins  375°F 
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Maple-Nut Rolls

    Apple pie spice and snipped dried apricots spice up these maple-flavor rolls.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 rolls
Prep   45 mins 
Rise  1 hr 30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  375°F 
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Sticky Buns

    Stirring creme fraiche into the dough makes this pull-apart sweet roll from chef Scott Peacock especially tender.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 buns
Prep   30 mins 
Rise  2 hrs 15 mins 
Bake   35 mins  375°F 
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