Our Best-Ever Cinnamon Rolls


When coming from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen, the description "Best-Ever" is not mere hyperbole. To make these incredible cinnamon rolls as great as they can be, use freshly purchased cinnamon.

Our Best-Ever Cinnamon Rolls
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Rise Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Cool Time:
5 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 rolls


  • 4 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup milk

  • cup butter

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted if desired

  • Powdered Sugar Icing

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2-1/4 cups of the flour and the yeast. In a small saucepan, combine milk, the 1/3 cup butter, the granulated sugar, and salt. Cook and stir just until warm (120°F to 130°F) and butter is nearly melted. Add to flour mixture. Add eggs.

  2. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping side of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 cups flour as you can.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 cups flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface of dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (1-1/2 to 1 3/4 hours).

  4. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.

For filling:

  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, the 1/4 cup flour, and the cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in the 1/2 cup butter until crumbly.

  2. Roll dough into an 18x12-inch rectangle. Sprinkle filling over dough, leaving 1 inch unfilled along a long side. Sprinkle with raisins and pecans. Starting from the filled long side, roll up rectangle. Pinch dough to seal seam. Cut into 12 slices. Arrange in the prepared baking pan.

  3. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, leaving room for rolls to rise. Chill for 2 to 24 hours. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. (Or for immediate baking, don't chill rolls. Instead, cover loosely; let rolls rise in a warm place until nearly double in size [about 45 minutes].)

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Break any surface bubbles with a greased toothpick. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing. Serve warm.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  1. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk to make an icing of drizzling consistency.

Apple-Cinnamon Rolls:

Prepare as directed, except substitute 1 cup finely chopped apple for the raisins in the filling.

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