Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

by Merissa on October 31, 2014

in Recipes

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe - Little House Living

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Nothing says "home" quite like warm cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven.  The smell of cinnamon and sugar, the sweet gooeyness of the filling, the icing dripping down your fingers as you bite into that delicious piece of heaven.  Unfortunately, cinnamon rolls are a pain in the neck.  They take hours to mix up, let rise, punch down, let rise again (and maybe even again), roll out, and let rise...again.  To have these delicious pastries for breakfast you'd have to get up before the sun!

I am not an "up before the sun" person.  I am an "up when my kids drag me out of bed" kind of person.  Usually, when the kids are dragging me out of bed it's because they're hungry, so I certainly don't have time to perform the cinnamon roll rituals.  Fortunately, I've pieced together a recipe that is incredibly easy.  But, being easy doesn't make it any less delicious.  Trust me, when you bite into one of these amazing rolls, you'll wonder why you ever got up before the sun to sit through three (or four) risings.  This cinnamon roll recipe is so, SO, easy and doesn't sacrifice any of the taste!  What makes it so easy?  They only have ONE initial rise, and that and all the mixing, is done the night before!  All you have to do in the morning is pull them out of the fridge, let them sit 20 minutes, and bake!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

What You Need:


  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees.  Like warm bath water)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 7-8 cups flour


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, softened


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


1. Mix dough ingredients in order in a mixer using a dough hook.  Add enough flour that the dough starts to pull away from the edges of the mixer.  (Tip: This dough won't form a ball like regular bread dough does.  It will still be VERY sticky when it's ready, so just watch for it to pull away from the edges.)

2. Allow dough to rise for 30 minutes to an hour covered with a cloth.

3. Mix filling ingredients until smooth.

4. Punch down and roll out into a rectangle - approximately 18"x 24".

5. Spread filling evenly over dough.

6. Roll dough from wide end to wide end forming one long roll.

7. Using a serrated knife, cut 1" slices.

8. Spray two 9"x 13" baking dishes with cooking spray.

9. Place rolls snugly in pans.

10. Wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning...

11. Take out of refrigerator, unwrap, and set in a warm place covered loosely with a cloth.  (I set mine on top of the stove as it's preheating.)

12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

13. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

14. Mix icing ingredients.

15. Drizzle icing over rolls.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Are you a cinnamon roll lover?  Have you tried an overnight recipe before?  Let me know if you try this one and how you like it!


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1 Lana October 31, 2014 at 6:32 am

You can also freeze them and put them out on the counter to thaw the night before. By the time you get up in the morning they will have thawed and risen and are ready to go into the oven. I’m with you though about getting up early enough to make them in the morning while everyone whines about being hungry!


2 annie October 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

you had me at cinnamon rolls, but, OH MY GOODNESS, oh-so-cute piglets! happy day 🙂


3 MM October 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

Wow – these do sound incredibly easy – I like being able to do something the night before, and just popping them in the oven when I wake up – awesome!


4 Connie Miller October 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Thank You so much for that recipe looks a lot easier then the last ones I made. Those little pigs are so sweet. Have a Happy Halloween.



5 Cathy Z. Peek November 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Jessica, this look awesome! This was a great post.


6 Made From Pinterest November 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

Yum! This looks delicious and amazing! And totally easy! I am soooo making this tonight!


7 Linda @ Home Cooking November 5, 2014 at 8:28 am

They look so good and with a fresh cup of coffee, perfect! I’m new to your site and a new follower. Thanks for sharing, guess what I will be making soon. Blessings


8 Kayla November 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

This sounds amazing! I have to agree with you- if I get up early breakfasts like this makes it ten times better!


9 Sherryl @ SimplySherryl November 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

Thanks for stopping by and linking up with us on the Good Tips Tuesday!


10 Barb @ A Life in Balance November 10, 2014 at 6:40 am

Congratulations! Your recipe was featured at Motivation Monday this week!


11 [email protected]/* */ November 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

hi Merissa- This is a Tickle Tastebuds feature over at Not a Trophy Wife Thanks for linking up!!! Hope to see you this week! laura


12 Merissa November 11, 2014 at 6:17 am

Thanks for the feature Laura!


13 Stéphanie November 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

Hi, I am French and I have lived in Boston in 1996 … and 5 years in Ottawa . That’s when I have discovered those yummy cinnamon rolls.. I have been trying your recipe. Oh boy, were the rolls big !! 🙂 I have not been able to make a roll (it must be due to the difference between the us and metric measurements, anyway…), so I had just dropped the mix in a muffin pan… but they were AWESOME anyway !
I really like your website…
Talk to you soon ..


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