“Semi-Homemade” Cinnamon Rolls

IMG_3224I have been on a life long quest for find and eat the world’s best cinnamon roll. I can instantly tell by looking at one if I will like it or not. No need to waste my time on those store-bought ones that pop out of a can- give me homemade or give me death.

Even though my love for cinnamon rolls flows deep in my veins, baking is not my forte…YET! (I’m working on it, guys!) I found this recipe for “semi homemade” cinnamon rolls using frozen bread loafs and it does all the hard work for you! You just lay 3 loaves out on your counter and once they are thawed you roll them out into a rectangle. After many attempts and utter fails with my own homemade dough, this recipe is a win. ALWAYS. Seriously, so foolproof. So delish.  Here’s how I did it.

Happy baking, friends!


  • 3 loaves of frozen bread dough, thawed (it comes 5 to a bag at my Walmart)
  • 8 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • butter icing glaze (recipe below)
  1. Thaw three loaves of frozen bread dough in the refrigerator or on the counter (there are directions for thawing on the bag).  Allow the thaw dough to rise for 2-3 hours in a warm area covered with a kitchen towel.
  2. Once thawed, flour your work surface and roll the three loaves into one big rectangle.
  3. Spread softened butter on your rolled out dough.
  4. Sprinkle sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon over the dough.
  5. Roll up the dough into a log, starting from the bottom up.
  6. Slice into 2-inch thick rolls, using dental floss or a serrated knife.
  7. Place cut rolls into a greased/buttered pan, or greased jumbo muffin tin.
  8. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise 1-2 hours in a warm area.  If you are preparing the night before and baking in the morning, keep them in the refrigerator and let them rise about 1 hour before baking.
  9. When the rolls have doubled in size, bake them at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until they begin to brown.
  10. Top with Butter Icing Glaze.
Butter Icing Glaze
for cinnamon rolls
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • powdered sugar
  1. Melt butter with milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Add powdered sugar until the glaze is the right consistancy – it should pour, but not be runny.  The heat from the cinnamon rolls will help the glaze to melt over them easily.

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