Cinnamon Rolls Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 60 MINUTES

4 ratings
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  • 1 (1/4 oz) package yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1/3 cup shortening, (or butter), melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour, (up to 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins, (or walnuts or pecans), optional
  • 1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided, 1/2 cup melted, plus more for the pan
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons hot water


In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter or shortening, salt and the egg. Add two cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5-10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl and let rise until doubled, usually 1 - 1 1/2 hours.


When doubled, punch down dough. Roll out on flour surface into a 15x9 inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at 15 inch side role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12-15 slices. Coat bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350° for about 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned.


Meanwhile, mix 4 tablespoons butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

Cinnamon Rolls


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4 Reviews

Heather 4/5/2017
Hands down this

Hands down this is the best cinnamon roll recipe I've ever had. I sure get a lot of compliments when I make it, so delish!

donna 1/29/2017
this is the best

this is the best cinnamon roll recipe:-)

Tommy 12/29/2016
I made these for

I made these for Christmas 2016 and even my pickiest daughter said they were the best I have ever made. My 12 year old grandson and I doubled the recipe. The only thing I changed was making the icing. I used 4 oz unsalted butter and 4 oz regular cream cheese, vanilla, 5 cups powdered sugar and milk. We loved the "frosting" instead of the glaze. Oh! also, I only baked them 15 minutes and they were still moist. This is a keeper!

Melissa 12/4/2014
These cinnamon r

These cinnamon rolls are amazing. They were a hit with my husband and his coworkers.

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