Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls (adapted greatly from from Cooks’ Illustrated — if they don’t work, blame me not them) were a big hit with my family. 

glazed cinnamon rolls

If you want to bake them up fresh at breakfast, cut the dough into spirals the night before and let them rise slowly in the refrigerator overnight.

cinnamon rolls

Update: I’ve made these many times over the years and these days I use quick rising yeast. The recipe has been adjusted to reflect that. I sometimes halve it and make the dough in my food processor.

Glazed Cinnamon Rolls
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Classic cinnamon rolls recipe.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1/2 cup milk (skim or reduced fat is fine)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 envelope quick rising yeast
  • 5 tablespoons sugar (original used 4)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese — softened but still cool
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Put the butter in a saucepan and melt over medium heat. Once it’s almost fully melted, add the milk. Bring mixture to a simmer, then remove from heat and let cool to 125 degrees F. Stir in the vanilla.
  2. Meanwhile, In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the yeast, sugar, 2 cups of flour egg, and yolks at low speed until well mixed. Add the salt and warm milk mixture, then add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until you have a soft, slightly sticky dough.
  3. Switch to the dough hook and knead at medium speed (adding more flour if needed) until the dough is smooth and freely clears the sides of the bowl. Scrape the dough into a well-oiled bowl and roll it around so it’s coated with a thin layer of oil. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk (about 45 minutes with the quick rising yeast).
  4. After the dough has doubled, press it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Shape the dough into a 16 by 12 inch rectangle, with long side facing you.
  5. Mix together the filling ingredients and sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border at the far edge.
  6. Roll the dough, beginning with the long (16 inch) edge closest to you, and shape into a tight cylinder.
  7. Line two 13x9 inch metal baking pans or line with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
  8. Cut the rolls into 12 equal pieces and place 6 pieces, spacing about an inch apart, in each pan.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm draft free spot until doubled in bulk (another 45 minutes to an hour with the quick rising yeast).
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and adjust oven rack to the middle position.
  11. Bake the rolls for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven. Allow the rolls to cool for about 5 minutes, then spread with icing while rolls are still warm.
  13. To make the icing, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then beat in corn syrup, vanilla and sugar. Add cream (or whole milk) until icing is smooth and creamy. Spread icing over rolls while still warm.


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  1. Amy says

    YUM! That looks really good!Cooks Illustrated also has a non-yeast , sort of biscuity cinnamon roll that is truly delicious: Cinnamon Buns

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