Honestly... is there anything better for breakfast than a warm, fresh cinnamon roll? No, there isn't! I used to love seeing the tube of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls come out of the fridge. Ahhh, it doesn't get much better than that... well actually, it does... with these best ever cinnamon rolls! They are fluffy, soft, and make the best breakfast... especially when they're slathered in icing.
Ingredients for the best ever cinnamon rolls
Now let's get baking! To make the cinnamon rolls, you'll need just 9 ingredients! Here's everything you'll need:
• All-purpose flour
• Active dry yeast
• Granulated sugar + brown sugar
• Milk (2%)
• Unsalted butter
and what is a cinnamon roll without icing?? With only 3 ingredients, you'll definitely want to whip this up, too! Here's what you'll need:
• Heavy cream (recommended) or milk
• Powdered sugar
• Vanilla extract
To make these cinnamon rolls, you will need either a 12" round or 13x9 baking dish/pan. You will also need a stand mixer (optional), dough hook attachment, large bowl, floss (for cutting the rolls), and some kitchen utensils, such as a whisk/fork/spoon, measuring cups, and a spatula.
Kneading the dough
If you have a stand mixer, and a dough hook attachment, I HIGHLY recommend using it to knead the dough. You can definitely still definitely still knead it by hand if that's your preference. However, the mixer will do the trick as well! Once your dough comes together, turn it on a low speed, and allow it to run ("knead") for about 6-8 minutes. As it kneads, the dough will start to climb up the dough hook attachment, so you will have to stop it every few minutes to scape it back down into the bowl.
Tips for the best cinnamon rolls
Don't use too much flour to out your dough. Your dough will be slightly sticky, but relatively easy to work with. You will most likely need a light dusting of flour on your surface to roll out your cinnamon roll dough. But beware-- you can accidentally use too much! Using too much flour can make your cinnamon buns turn out hard and tough, so be sure to only use a small amount, as needed. You should only need about a tablespoon of flour for this step.
Don't skimp on the cinnamon. Remember. These are cinnamon rolls. You need cinnamon! I know that the amount called for in this recipe might seem like a lot, but trust me... It's the perfect amount!
Use floss to cut the rolls. Using a knife to cut your dough into rolls can squish or flatten them, and cause the rolls to loosen. I find that using floss to cut each roll is a lot easier and you get very clean cuts with no flattening!
Use a mixer to make your cinnamon filling. When softened butter is involved, I LOVE using either a hand or stand mixer. It helps whip more air into the butter than I can do by hand, which makes it spread easier. This is obviously not a necessary tip, but is recommended!
So, if you're looking for your next weekend baking endeavor, you should definitely consider making these. They take time, but good things come to those who wait. And those good things come in the form of delicious, fresh cinnamon rolls. Happy baking!