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The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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These Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate Cinnabon clone. Chewy, soft, and completely homemade. Throw out your old recipes because you’ll never need another Cinnamon Roll Recipe again! Delicious served with oven baked bacon and my Easy Breakfast Casserole.

finished Cinnamon Rolls in baking pan

My FAVORITE Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Ok guys, HERE IT IS, my Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe! I’m pretty sure this is the most anticipated recipe I’ve hyped up in a very long time–and for good reason! These Cinnamon Rolls are absolutely heavenly and I’ve been working hard, making over 200 cinnamon rolls, trying to get this recipe as delicious as possible. SO SO thrilled to be sharing this recipe with you all today!

Basic Ingredients Needed for Cinnamon Rolls

Okay, friends, let me get you ready for this. While this list may seem a little long, it truly is the bare basics. Lots of pantry staples! Most of you will already have the main ingredients needed for Homemade Cinnamon Rolls. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Dough

  • warm water + active dry yeast– since this is an enriched dough, I like to give the yeast a head start by proofing it in some warm water.
  • granulated sugar– to keep the dough sweet and help the yeast rise
  • buttermilk– Out of all the ‘cloned’ recipes I looked through online, NONE of them had buttermilk!! If you search Cinnabon secret ingredient on YouTube, you’ll find the creator talking about her ingredient. She never says what it is, but buttermilk fits the bill of everything she was saying!
  • egg– used for structure
  • canola oil– adds a soft texture to the cinnamon roll dough
  • all purpose flour+ salt– every yeasted bread product out there absolutely needs flour for the gluten (chewy texture!) and salt for flavor.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • softened butter– Cinnamon rolls are filled with ridiculous amounts of butter and my recipe is no different. It’s what makes them so good.
  • light brown sugar– dark brown sugar will work here, but I prefer light.
  • ground cinnamon– I love the spiciness of Saigon cinnamon, but if you have plain old cinnamon in your cupboards, use that. (Did you know that Cinnabon sources and imports their own cinnamon?)
  • cornstarch– a bit of a weird ingredient for cinnamon rolls, I know, but it helps with keeping the cinnamon roll filling in the roll as they bake.

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