I made Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls this weekend. Sinfully sweet rolls of cinnamon, sugar and butter. Lots of butter. The kind of deliciousness that makes your eyes roll back in your head. And I learned something along the way. Dough is not my friend. Cookie doughs, yes. Pastry and bread doughs, not so much. If you need further evidence, you can read this doughnut post. I’ve only worked with rolling dough a few times, but after making several pans of rolls, I think I know what part of my problem is. I don’t think I generously flour my surface enough. It’s like I’m afraid of flour or something. Well, no more. Next time, the flour will flow.


I started out making a half batch of PW’s recipe since 50 rolls seemed a little much for breakfast.

To do so, start with 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup sugar.

Note: In this picture, you may notice that this is one cup of sugar instead of a half. Yeah, I didn’t realize the mistake until I was all done. I hate it when I do that, but I think the extra sugar made them even more delicious.

Mix them all together in a saucepan over medium heat, turning it off before it begins to boil. Let it cool until lukewarm (around 45 minutes) and then add 1 package of active dry yeast (for a half batch, that is).


Active dry yeast. This is the first time I’ve ever used this stuff.


Sprinkle it on top of the lukewarm milk mixture and then let it sit for one minute.


After that add four cups all-purpose flour. Stir until just combined…


Then cover with a towel and let sit in a warm place for an hour to let rise. After an hour, add another 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir together until thoroughly combined.

Then you can roll out the dough. Roll it into a large rectangular shape around 30 X 10 inches.


Spread 1 cup melted butter, sprinkle 1/8 cup ground cinnamon and shake about a cup of sugar right on top.

Then, starting from the edge farthest from you, carefully roll the dough towards you tightly. Once you have the dough in a nice, long roll, you can cut 1 1/2 inch slices and place in a melted butter-coated pan.

Here comes trouble. I have no pictures of a nice, long, round roll because mine was rather flat and when baked, produced…

Now, don’t laugh…


My flimsy roll produced these…


Quite possible the ugliest cinnamon rolls I’ve ever seen.


Luckily, looks can be deceiving because they were some of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth. And definitely the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had.

My mom was over and we ate them straight up, sans icing. They didn’t even need it.

But I wasn’t satisfied. I wanted pretty little swirls like Pioneer Woman’s rolls had.

Swirls. I must have swirls.

So I went again later in the day. This time, I made a full batch (deciding I could freeze any uneaten rolls for later) so I would have even more dough to practice with and also, since I used twice the amount of sugar for the dough in the first round I thought that might have something to do with it.

This time, before rolling I chilled the dough for a little while in the fridge and I generoooooously floured my work surface.


So here we go again, more melted butter.


Spread it.


Cinnamon. Sprinkle it.


Sugar. Shake, shake, shake it.

This time, I was able to shape it into a decent roll.


Not perfect, but decent.


And, look… swirls of cinnamon.

These bake for about 13-17 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

While they are baking you can whip up the icing.


It calls for a little coffee. I don’t own a coffee maker, so I used one of PW’s favorites.


Whisk together 2 lbs. powdered sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1/4 cup coffee and a dash of salt.

Then add 1 tablespoon maple flavoring and stir it all together.

You’ll die from how yummy this smells if you haven’t already passed out from the scent of the cinnamon rolls.

When the rolls are ready, remove them from the oven.

And hope for pretty little swirls.


Like these.


And these.

Swirls. Thank you.

I don’t think my hips could afford any more attempts.


While the rolls are still warm, you can pour on the icing.


That’s right. Pour it all over the top, covering up all your hard work. Swirls or not.


It’s perfect for disguising any batch of less than swirly cinnamon rolls.


I ran out of aluminum pans, so I placed a few leftover dough slices in a buttered muffin tray to bake.

Cinnamuffins. I think they look pretty cute like this.


And of course, these were covered in icing, too.


If you’re lucky you might even get a cute little swirl.

Read Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Roll Recipe for the full how-to.


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347 comments on “Swirls”

  1. its 1am and now i’m desperate for a cinnamon bun! ohh sweet icing!

  2. I think I like them better from the muffin tin, they’re cute.

  3. I have made these many times and never eat more than one or two and give most of them away. I always feel like I’m on a sugar high just smelling them as I’m making the dough, baking & then frosting. They are soo yummy!

  4. I’m a sucker for cinnamon rolls! I almost wanted to run to the kitchen and make a batch after I read this post! *drools*

  5. those look so yummy! & it’s funny, i have always baked my cinnamon rolls in muffin tins! great minds think alike!

  6. OMG-anything with coffee in it i’m ALL over! i was going to make truffles for teacher appreciation goody bags for my daughter’s school…but holy cow these look AMAZING! i have to make both! thanks for the delicious idea xoxo-we love all your ideas THANKS :)

  7. Aww, I liked your first batch a lot! I thought the rolls were cute. They reminded me of little shar pei puppy faces.

  8. Hey, if you’re still reading this far…I cut my cinnamon rolls with dental floss. That allows them to keep their shape. You just “garrote” each piece off the roll.

  9. I swear I just gained five pounds read this post…you are so killing my bikini season diet cuz I swear I’m baking these for our next office meeting this Friday…if I’m gonna look bad in a bikini, I’m taking my entire office down with me. ;-)

  10. I’m not sure I’m supposed to be laughing so much while looking at these! But, thank you!!
    They look and sound amazing!!!!!

  11. I made these a few weeks ago and they are seriously addicting. My house smelled so good for at least 24 hours. And I had big problems rolling them the first time too – yours still looked amazing, as always.

  12. These look aaamazing! I love a blog that can show how they didn’t quite turn out so good the first time. (:

  13. Love the muffin idea. I have to bring breakfast snack for a morning meeting. might just give this a try.

  14. Oh wow ~ I can feel my hips expanding just looking at them!!! LOL!!!! My 14-yr old son would go nuts over these . . . hmmm ~ maybe I will;)

  15. Thank you for saying that yours were ugly…MINE were too but the taste was AMAZING….I made mine with orange marmalade filling, which Pioneer woman gives as an option in her cookbook. I froze the extras and a week later on Saturday morning they were yummy again!!!!! Can’t wait to make some in my muffin pan!!!!

  16. yummmm! P: This could be one of your best posts! I love when you incluse the mistakes you made and tips on how to prevent them…most bloggers don’t do that. I’m bookmarking these and will be making them when I’m a more advanced baker. If it was a challenge for you, it’ll be even harder for me! THANKS!!

  17. Wonderful just wonderful!!!!

  18. those look so yummy! In New Zealand we call those chelsea buns(and they are usually decorated with pink or white icing!), and they are some what of a traditional kiwi baked good! Your ones look super yummy! I find bread dough so annoying at times ggr, so you’re not alone on that one =] Heres the link to my post on chelsea buns if you want to see:

    Take care!

  19. I LOVE this recipe – It makes for great breakfast treats and giveaway baskets for the holidays!! Your pictures are amazing.

  20. My blog friend and I are cooking our way through Pioneer and I picked the cinnamon rolls for next week. I am glad that you did the half portion and the full. I was thinking about doing the 1/2 but now since you had a little problem, I am doing the full recipe. I will be making mine on Saturday and I sure hope they turn out:)

  21. I love the way the rolls baked in muffin tins look. I’m going to try the recipe just so I can bake them in muffin tins. BTW, in case you haven’t been told – you are awesome and inspiring.

  22. Ha…gotta give you credit girl…great determination……way to go ! ! ! !

  23. I make these cinnamon rolls a lot! I heart PW too. The maple flavor in the icing is what does it for me…..SO GOOD! Try the orange roll version too – it’s even more delectable. These freeze up great and are super easy to cook when last minute guests come over or if you are having sugar withdrawals and need something pronto!

  24. These look absolutely heavenly!
    I’m definitely making these soon. You should try making crepes sometime, and blog about your experience!

  25. Holy Crap! Just reading this post made me gain weight- these look so amazing! I would say more but I need to go work out!!

  26. wowwwwww! nice job. okay, I have her cookbook, now I just have to make those rolls!

  27. Those do look yummy – I use a couple eggs in my dough – makes for a very tender, light dough. Also I’m a brown sugar girl for the sugar that you sprinkle. A tip – if you want to use raisins – mix them into the dough when you’re mixing in the flour – then they’ll be incorporated and not fall out of the roll when you take a bite. Our family loves orange rolls – we use the same dough as our cinnamon rolls and we almost always bake them in a muffin tin – they’ll pop up and look so pretty. Another tip -I use a lot of yeast so I buy it in bulk – I double the yeast when making rolls – I don’t mess with the baking soda or powder – the results – delightful and delicious rolls!

  28. I love those Cinnamuffins! <3 So cute!

  29. 1.) Hey, I actually do own a coffee maker AND have some active dry yeast, so I am actually feeling hopeful…
    2.) about trying my hand at cinnamuffins! Great idea!
    3.) Are you and your mom still playing cola wars after all these years? lol Doesn’t matter which, I guess– everyone knows all diet soda cancels out the fattening food you have it with, right?!

  30. Hi Bakerella the tutorial is yummy and delicius congratulations for the girls and you a try miking this weekend

  31. How did you know I was making these tomorrow? Can’t wait. The orange rolls are awesome too!

  32. The photos are awesome! I’ve never made cinnamon rolls, but these look so amazing. These are a definite treat to keep in mind.

  33. I made a batch of these for Easter. Hands down, the best cinnamon rolls ever! My husband will never want canned cinnamon rolls again!

  34. i have a pot luck this week and in honor of PW being in Seattle, i’ll be making these for the first time. thanks for the info about chilling the dough. and i love them in the muffin pan, they look even better!

  35. I saw this recipe on Pioneer Woman too! I made a mental note to attempt them later and but I am so glad you did it first! Your notes are going to come in handy when I am feeling brave enough to tackle this one. Also, beautiful pictures ♥

  36. it’s like you read my mind. i’ve been craving cinnamon rolls all weekend!

  37. I love PW’s cinnamon roll recipe, and the muffins are ADORABLE. Did you have to do a different cook time for them?

    P.S. How did you keep your butter on the dough? Mine just squishes out the end in a big giant mess so I started using softened butter and then cream the sugar/cinnamon into it and spread it with a spatula/my hands. It works.

  38. These look so incredibly good. I am going to have to try them. I have been a little afraid too. Thanks for the tutorial.

  39. Oh dear…I must make those. So yummy looking. I’ve been drooling over this recipe for quite some time. And I love the pic of the diet coke, diet pepsi next to the rolls. I do the same :-)

  40. OH MY GOD!!1
    im sooooooooooooo craving one right now…and i cant afford more sugar in my diet :P
    thanx bakerella….im gonna have to try this very very very soon!! :D

  41. Here is a tip for slicing the dough….When your slicing the dough for the rolls, if you like nice round circles us a piece of unlavored dental floss, place it underneath bring the ends on either side of the roll to the top, then cross each one over the top grabbing with opposite hands and pull….slices right through making nice round circles. Repeat until you have sliced all the rolls. This works great when slicing pumpkin rolls also!

  42. Ahhhhhh! All the butter … my kids have been asking me to make cinnamon rolls for months, but like you, dough is not my friend. I don’t generously flour my board either – because I think the dough will get tough. Well, after reading your description and looking at your beautiful photos, I am determined to go up against my nemisis. Because the buttery sweet pay-off is just too good!!!

  43. Oh I want these now! i think i could eat a whole batch to myself. The word “yummers” doesn’t even cover it.

    Thank you for posting.


  44. Your cinnamuffins are simple adorable!! I am going to try them that way next time!

  45. Mmm, I make these a few times a week for work. But I have an OLD Eskimo recipe that I like a little better, from my great-great-grandmother. The icing though, TO DIE FOR. I can’t find anything better than that! :)

  46. I love cinnamon buns. In our German Starbucks shop they taste like crap.
    I’ll try the recipe and I’m pretty sure that they are going to be muuuch better! And I’ll use my muffin tray too – because yours are as cute as hell.

  47. I would DIE for one of these right now…. yummmm the icing sounds like the most delish thing ever!

  48. The glaze, oh my gosh, the glaze. I want that glaze. Now. Like this instant. But it’s Monday afternoon and a writing deadline awaits me. But I will have that glaze (and accompanying cinnamon roll) sooner or later. Ohhhhhh.

  49. I LOVE you and PW! Thanks for the great pics. Can’t wait for your book!

  50. I’ve made these several times, LOVE them. Except, I don’t like maple flavored anything, except syrup…. so I made the Cooks Country TV cream cheese icing for cinnamon rolls, much better, IMO.
    But the rolls are FANTASTIC, try the orange marmalade ones, TO DIE FOR!

  51. Those truly are soooo delicious!! I have been making them in muffin tins from the beginning…allows me to share them easier and take to early morning ball games…especially when you have ‘snack’ duty.
    Thanks for showing your flat roll sequence~ it may be the 1/2 recipe…I think I may have had the same results, but yes they tasted so good I may have consciously ignored it!! LOL!

  52. I have seriously had this exact recipe on my computer printer, already printed out, for at least two weeks now, waiting for the right moment to make them. Ya see, I’m doing weight watchers, and, no offense, should NOT be reading your blog or PW’s. ;) Toooo tempting!! I’ve waited two weeks to make these….and won’t be able to resist much longer! Gah! Thanks a LOT. :P


  53. As good as they are by them selves (although 1 T of the maple is way too much for our taste), if you sprinkle a package of chopped pecans and then some raisins (which may or may not have been soaked in rum first) all over the dough before rolling it. you get a cinnamon roll that rivals Grandy’s (if you remember that restaurant). I’m just sayin’.

  54. Just a couple questions for you because I really want to attempt to make these, for the first time! How come your cooking time and temp vary from the PW recipe? How long did you let them rise after you put them in their pans? Do you think you could make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge? Would you still let it rise for an hour and then put it in the fridge? Sorry this is so many questions. :D Thanks so much! I sure love your site!

  55. I’m new to your site, found you through my cousin and MAN I’m glad I did!!! I’ve never made cinnamon rolls though I’ve thought about trying before. Now I just want to dive right in, these look sinful :)

  56. thaaaaaaank you sooo much for this really yummy rolls, it was a hit in the family and I’m sure that I’ll make them again and again. Well I have a question, do you think that I can prepare them and freeze them without baking for later? cause I think that would be a good idea for unexpected guests! :O)

  57. I have the same problem with mine. I halve the recipe as well, and thought maybe I should add a bit more flour to stiffen it up. My rolls are so flimsy and floppy, just like yours!

  58. I am so excited to try the maple icing!!! Btw, try brown sugar next time for the cinnamon-sugar filling–amazing!!!

  59. These rolls look dangerously delicious. Must. try. that coffee/maple icing! My gosh! Thank you for sharing.

  60. Pfft.

    It doesn’t matter what they look like. And plus that’s what icing is for.

    The greatest thing about cinnamon rolls is that if they’re done well, NOBODY will think about what they look like. Their eyes will be rolled back in their heads from deliciousness overload.

  61. These are soooo pretty! I can’t wait to try!

  62. umm…how do u not own a coffee maker? do u not drink coffee? i NEED coffee every morning. especially hazlenut coffee. im completely baffled….oh wait, sorry, is it cuz of ur kidneys, cuz i know caffeine suppressed adrenals? if it is, then i feel like a moron.

  63. I think I might make cinna-muffins every time they are so cute!

  64. I have been reading your blog for a few months now, but I MUST actually try these. My husband loves cinnamon rolls and may fall in love with me all over again if I too can get the swirls right! You make it look fun and beautiful as well as sinfully delicious.

  65. The first batch may not have been amazingly swirly and perfect but they sure looked delicious! And hello?? Coffee in the icing??? Yes please!!!! I am SO there!! I love Pioneer Woman so thanks for posting these!!

  66. Maybe let the cinnamon rolls rise once more when they are in t he pan? When I was in culinary school, we gave them a second rise.

    They still look delish!

  67. Yum! Eat a half dozen for me, please! I’m DIEting…emphasis on the “die” part :D

  68. That icing looks indescribably delicious!

  69. **DROOL**

  70. my favorite picture was the half-eaten pan and the diet sodas. a girl after my own heart!

  71. OMG I LOVE P-Dub’s cinnamon rolls! I’ve made them on 3 different occasions and they always come out wonderfully! They go so fast in my house…I do believe it’s time to make more!

  72. I haven’t read the comments, so don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this, but there’s a good way to cut your roll so it doesn’t flatten – dental floss (or any thin string.) Just wrap it around the roll once and pull the ends. Perfect cuts and no squish!

  73. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making my own cinnamon rolls. Thanks for the pretty pics and how-to!

  74. i think i have a yeast phobia! but I may actually try this!! cinnamuffins – yummmmmmmmmm! thanks bakerella, i bet they were so good!

  75. love. seriously love the cupcakaminn roll…yum!

  76. I’ve made these too, but made a vanilla icing because I’m not a maple fan. (not a coffee fan either, but my hubs would probably love that!) Making them again to take on a baseball trip this weekend – thinking maybe I’ll make the cinnamuffins….very cute and easy to transport! Thanks for the great idea!

  77. I have made these several times now and they are delish! I can’t figure out the freezing technique though…anyone have pointers? i take them out and when thawed, they don’t seem to raise and when baked they are unraised hard briquettes with all the butter in the bottom of the pan..yuk. so i try not to freeze them :)

  78. Oh yum! I wanted to bake cinnamon rolls over the weekend, but didn’t have the time. My other suggestion is to use brown sugar and cinnamon instead of white sugar and cinnamon, sprinkled over softened butter not melted. Either way, very tasty!

  79. Cinnamuffins! I love it!!! I may have to attempt those, they are so darn cute.

  80. I have been wanting to make these for a while. You have inspired me to go ahead and do it! :)

  81. This is fantastic! I have been wanting to make her rolls for months now, but with my small kitchen, I have been afraid to. You just might have given me the push I need, thanks!

  82. I’ll be making PW Monkey Bread.

  83. Oh my goodness! These look AMAZING! I thought PWs feature of them was devilish enough, but after seeing these photos I want one. immediately. right. now.

    Heaven forgive my lips for what they are going to do to my hips! I think I’m going to have to make these. :-)

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  84. Those look delicious – and your tiny bottles of soda are adorable!

  85. all i have to say is that if i’d made those the camera would’ve caught me scarfing them all – double-fisting them ALL! looks delicious!

  86. I made 3 or 4 batches of these at Christmas time, and like you, I quickly discovered that chilling the dough is the way to go. My first batch looked just your first batch. :)

  87. I have been wanting to try these forever…but I’m a little intemidated by making them from scratch! Thanks for sharing your trial and error:)

  88. Wow! These look too good for words. I’ve been debating over buying PW’s cookbook. Why? I don’t know. But it would make a great mothers day gift. The rolls you made look heavenly. If I didn’t have a red velvet wedding cake to make today, these would be on my list! My son absolutely loves cinnamon rolls, and I LOVE your cinnamuffins! Thanks for all of your hard work in showing us your amazing creations!!!! :-)

  89. Those look super yummy! I love to make cinnamon rolls and here is the tip I use most…after you roll your giant log, use unflavored dental floss to cut your rolls. This way your knife won’t squish and deform your rolls and its so thin its the perfect tool! Just in case you ever try em again…;)

  90. i love love the cinnamuffins.. i think that’s a very cool idea.. i can try that one of these days :D

  91. So funny…I made PW’s Cinnamon Rolls this weekend for the first time too, and I also did half a batch. Mine looked about like your first batch, but they tasted soooo great. No one even cared how they looked! I’m going to have to give it another try sometime. :)

  92. Those look so yummy!

    Also, if your looking for a perfect swirl, I worked at Cinnabon for a couple years and learned the perfect technique for the swirl. The dough should be a bit stretchy, so grab the end farthest from you, and pull it, starting from the outside edges. Work the stretch towards the center, and then roll. Just be careful not to stretch the dough too hard, or it can tear. Stretching the dough out gives you more surface area to roll with and you end up with awesome swirls.

  93. Cinnamuffins!!!! drools :P

  94. Oooh! I’m so glad you made these, because I’ve thought about it SEVERAL times, but the one and only time I did a yeast type bread, it was rather difficult. Nice to hear your advice and tips, and maybe I’ll cast my fears to the wind and finally make this one.

  95. Those look yummy-licious!
    I think I might have to try those!
    But i dont really like coffee so I might have to change the icing. But those do look wonderful.

  96. I think the cinnamuffins are my favorite part of this adorable smathering of sugary, cinnamon goodness. I just love how the cute little swirl ‘pops’ out of the top. And the sweet little swirl of icing dripping off the muffin just screams ‘EAT ME’! I think I gained 5 lbs just reading this post.

  97. PW + Bakerella = Beautiful Deliciousness!

    Love the “cinnamuffins!” Can’t wait to try them myself!

  98. Cinnamon rolls are my absolute fave! Please don’t show any more delish pictures of them!! I so need to make some now :P
    I’m not a huge fan of the icing on top but I usually add a little bit just ‘flicking’ it on off a spoon for prettiness sake. :)
    Another non-yeast recipe here I’ve used,

  99. Oh Bakerella, thank you for showing us your flat cinnamon rolls… makes me think you really are human! And that gives me courage to try more of your wonderful recipes. I’m drooling right now because cinnamon rolls are one of my many weaknesses…. breakfast this morning just isn’t going to satisfy me, I know it!

  100. I have bought the cookbook. Read the Blog. Sighed over her pics and yours. And thus far avoided making these because I know I will eat them ALL and die if I do … LOVE, and I haven’t even tasted them yet … too much for a Monday morning ;)

  101. Those look great! When I made these at Christmas, my roll flattened too. I’m going to try sticking it in the fridge next time for sure!

  102. Now I know what I’m making this weekend~

  103. Those look awesome, but to be honest, I can never *ever* get yeast to work for me. I did however, stumble over a recipe that is incredibly delicious and requires no yeast, and so rolls out a lot easier and requires no rising time and takes under an hour to make and bake, which as I’m sure you suspect, is very dangerous for the hips!

  104. We make our cinnamon rolls and pecan rolls in muffin pans at work. MUCH easier to ice and package!

  105. I guess I am going to have to break down and try this recipe! I do love you cinnamuffins. They are adorable.

  106. LOVE this post. I HAVE to try the coffee! Oh, and your rolls, they are pretty nice too. ;o)

  107. Ooh, the cinnamuffins are VERY cute!

    This was our Christmas gift to co-workers and kids’ teachers last year. They’re a lot of work, but rather tasty!

  108. Thanks for halving the recipe–50 is too many for most families…except the church congregational family :)
    They look delicious!

  109. I’ve made LOTS of cinnamon rolls and have a hint for you. Cut the rolls with dental floss instead of a knife and you will have perfect swirls. Just cut a long piece of floss, slip it under the long roll and bring the ends up and over to “cut” a roll. Good luck!


  110. That was not a very nice thing to post on a Monday morning. Now I’m sad and hungry for cinnamon rolls. :( On the upside, I know what I’m making later this week! :D

    Jennie :)

  111. Oooh! PW cinnamon rolls are my families favorite. They request I make them often. I am terrible at making the dough though so I cut her recipe in half, use Pillsbury Hot Roll mix in my bread machine and they’re perfection everytime!!

  112. I think I like the look of the “cinnamuffins” the best! Maybe I’ll just make them like that, straight up :D

  113. Are they not divine! I made them for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day. The “sweet frost” as he calls it keeps well in a jar in the fridge so you can add it to the hot rolls as you bake them. If you freeze them, take them out of the freezer before you go to bed, they will be perfect for baking in the morning! Love the muffn tin idea…that way they will be crisp on all sides (my favourite!)
    Thanks for all you do…you are inspiring!

  114. You read my mind. I only found Pioneer Woman’s website on Saturday. I was considering making these yesterday but didn’t have enough tins. So hopefully today is the day.

  115. I am going to try these this week! They look and sound AMAZING!!!! ::::::insert drool spots here::::::

  116. Oh Em Gee….my mouth is watering!!! Unfortunately, today is the first day of a new resolve to eat healthier….what was I thinking even peeking in here?? :)

  117. Those could be perfect to wake me up this monday morning!!!!

  118. Oh yes, I’ve made PW’s version quite a few times now. And they really are The Best. Cinnamon Rolls. Ever.

  119. oh. my. gosh..i need to make these.. they look soooo good.

  120. I got PW’s cookbook for Christmas and these rolls are by far the best rolls we’ve ever eaten!!! Our first attempt looked just like your first attempt but we really didn’t care ’cause they tasted sooooo good! I never thought coffee would taste good in the icing but we followed the recipe and it IS heavenly!!

  121. i really wanted to start the south beach diet today.
    Now i want cinnamon rolls.

  122. I wish I had one. Right now.
    This may be my favorite Cinnamon Roll recipe – even better than my moms! One tip that equals less mess…use softened (room temp) butter rather than melted. When you roll it up there’s no leakage!

  123. YUMMY!! I can’t wait to try these and share them with my family and neighbors… I might even have the windows open so that my sweet neighbors get a bit of aromatic forshadowing for the surprise to come! I made my first homemade cinnamon rolls when I was 15… with my mom’s coaching. Her recipe is yummy, but I can’t wait to try this one from you and the PW.
    Here’s a coaching tip my mom shared… and I wouldn’t ever bake homemade cinnamon rolls without following this advice: when slicing to form the individual rolls from the log, use unflavored dental floss… slip the dental floss under the log, positioning it at the right thickness for the roll… bring the dental floss ends up, cross and tie… then pull tight. Re-use the floss for a dozen or so rolls. This tip makes BEAUTIFUL cinnamon rolls!

  124. the beauty of cinnamon rolls are that they don’t need to look perfect pre-rising, they rise, bake and no matter what look pretty!

  125. Yum! I make these every year for Christmas morning. They are DELICIOUS!!!!

    About the dough…I do find that it’s much easier to work with after it’s been in the fridge for a bit. For Christmas, I usually make the dough the night before and then assemble them in the morning. Heavenly!

  126. OK, the photo with the Diet Coke in it is hilarious!! That just made this whole post for me!!! I saw PW’s book at the book store and could not put it down, and these cinnamon rolls look delicious!! Love the cup of sugar too! LOL !!

  127. I love cinnamon rolls! I have seen Pioneer Woman’s recipe before but have never made them! Thanks for sharing your cinnamon roll making experience…I can’t wait to try this recipe! They look absolutely amazing and full of SUGAR, my absolute favorite!

  128. I love these cinnamon rolls. I’m pretty sure when I made them I ate no less than 3 at a time within half an hour. The cinnamuffins are a great idea. They’re perfectly shaped!

  129. LOL! That is the funniest pan of cinnamon rolls I have ever seen! And we can laugh together as everyone has something that has turned out like that. My second laugh was the pan with rolls taken out and eaten I presume, with the two bottles of diet soda sitting next to the sugar laden rolls! LOL! that is SO funny!
    You did an excellent job with your dough. I used to make rolls and bread every Sunday and it’s no easy task to get this perfect. I tried some bread dough not long ago after twenty of so years and had some kinda time doing it! Congratulations on a great job, good blog and keep up the good work!

  130. Has anyone tried subbing cocoa for cinnamon to make them into chocolate scrolls?

  131. They look delicious and make me hungry! I love your ideas!
    I featured you on my blog today, hope that’s ok!

  132. Wow, what wonderful cinnamon rolls… and timing! I just grabbed the things I needed to make these, yesterday, and find a great recipe in my feed reader this morning!

    They look delicious – I’ve never seen any with that much icing on them, but the coffee flavouring sounds good. The cinnamuffins look very cute, too.

  133. I wonder if you can make those in mini version, like the cake pops so I won’t pack on the pounds. LOL Paulette

  134. I would pass on the icing too! Coffee maker! I didn’t drink or own one till I was forty, about four years ago. I do love my SB’s once in a while though.

  135. I probably shouldn’t come over here when I’m dieting (trying to lose that baby weight!). Those rolls look amazing!

  136. woooow they look amazing ….. definitely going to try it sooon

    thanx a lot

  137. love it. I have a great recipe for cinnamon rolls that requires no yeast, but they don’t turn out as fluffy as yours and they are best for only one day. I will have to try this recipe out when I have a bit more time on my hands. Thanks. You are always inspiring.

  138. Great photos Bakerella! Your cinnamon rolls look so stinkin’ good it’s all I can do not to lick the computer screen. Yummmm!!

    Have a great week!
    -Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

  139. Can I blame you if I eat the entire batch I made seconds after reading this post?!?! The house just smells divine and I’m sure my tummy will be equally satisfied!

  140. OMG!!!! Totally can’t wait to make these!!!

  141. My kids love me to bits and pieces if I make them cinnamon rolls!!
    I try not to do it too often, cos the bits and pieces end up on my hips.

  142. i would loveeeeeee to try to bake this!! thank you!! (mcDonald’s sells cinnamon melts but i bet these will taste muchhh better!)

  143. Yum, I made cinnamon rolls this weekend to, but with a cream cheese frosting. Your version looks delicious, think I must try them and the cinnamuffins are too cute.

  144. Oh I love it when things go wrong – makes us all feel we can love you a little more!!! …and anyway for home, who cares what they look like – it’s what they taste like that matters!!


  145. Those are my favorite too. I have to bake them at least every other week. And reading about them now, makes me want some right away =)

  146. they look so good-!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I am going to have to go off my diet and bake some today!

  147. I love the cinnamuffins!! (Lovely photos, lovely word creation.) But also all the “ugly” ones look sooo tasty.

  148. OMG! Heavenly and sinful at the same time!

  149. Looks yummy! =) must try this =) thanks again for another yummylicious recipe =)

  150. They look so YUMMY!!!!!

  151. oh, I love this recipe for cinnamon icing!

  152. I made these a few months ago actually and my kitchen overfloweth with cinnamon rolls. They are awesome!! Very easy if very messy. And sooo yummy!

  153. I love the cinnamon rolls and diet coke shot. That’s the perfect balance :D!!

  154. That’s so funny, I’m an aspiring pastry chef, and want a lot of hands on experience before I go into college to become one. I just made these a few weeks ago, each of the times were half batches, and they were fantastic. I made two batches for home and another for my mom’s coworkers, and they loved them. Two broke their diets, and one even e-mailed my mom saying I should definitely pursue becoming a pastry chef. :)

  155. Oh no! It’s too late at night for me to whip up a batch! I’m making a huge batch of these tomorrow, for myself, and for our trip to see the in-laws!

  156. Oh my goodness! That looks absolutely mouthwatering! LOL. I’ve always wanted you to try out PW’s cinnamon roll recipe. I’ve got to try this recipe. Maybe I’ll add in a few raisins ;). What do you think? Would it be too much?

  157. I have made PW’s cinnamon rolls before and I had the same experience with them not really having shape I believe it’s the addition of the baking powder and soda that make the dough a little too unstable for rolling, maybe if your tried it without them they would work better I have a great recipe I use that doesn’t call for them and it comes out perfect every time

  158. Looks yummy! Yeah I’m not too much of a dough person, love to help eat the finished product , but not too good at the making of it!

  159. Okay, confession time: I’ve never worked with yeast doughs, ever. And I am petrified to try! But my, these look SOOO good, maybe now’s the time to try. ;)

  160. These sound so fabulous. I wouldn’t mind making a full batch!

  161. aaahhh…. you make it look so effortless. eventhough i am sick and lying in bed reading this, i just feel like going to kitchen n attempting those luscious cinny buns RIGHT NOW! “sugar rush” – my favourite two words in the english dictionary.

  162. wow – talk about sugar overload! hehe they look YUM!

  163. Yes! YES! YeS!
    You read my mind. I was searching the internet for a homemade cinnamon roll recipe and I ran across this one but I’m not sure if my baking skills are ready for this. But of course you made it look as easy as GOOEY ROLLS!
    Excited to try these for my Mother’s Day Brunch!

  164. I’m excited to try the Coffee-Maple icing. I haven’t made cinnamon rolls in a long time. I need to invest in a rolling pin. :-) Excited to try theses

  165. Now I need to get that cookbook. I can almost smell them! Are you going to make cinnamon rolls/cake pops? I can just imagine them! Yum. Thank you for always inspiring me to bake more. You are super de duper great! (A line from my daughter!)

  166. I feel like I went through this nightmare too!

    Right when PW’s cookbook came out I tried to make these for my blog. I was gonna do a cookbook giveaway and everything. But they were simply too ugly to post. I totally messed them up. The rolling part really is the hardest! They might have been unattractive, but boy, were they amazing!

  167. AND your first picture is beyond awesome!

  168. Cinnamon roll vibes must be in the air–I made a batch tonight too. My secret ingredient is potato flakes (yep I’m from Idaho). Another secret in reference to flouring the counter… I don’t use flour… just spray with Pam. And the cinnamuffin idea is GENIOUS! oh and brown sugar instead of white rolled up inside is splendid, but dont forget to toss in some raisins too. did you slice your rolls with a knife or dental floss? ok i’ll stop now… and go eat another one. :) great post, glad to know youre human ;)

  169. I made these Wednesday and had a chorus of thank yous! This time, I saved a whole pan of 7 for my family though (normally I save 2 cinnamon rolls). They are soooooo good! I have been making them at Christmas for my daughter’s teachers for 3 years and the teachers look forward greatly to them!

  170. Oh, and I meant to say, I love the cinnaMuffins!! That would be me. :p

  171. I don’t care what you say, they’re gorgeous! All that cinnamony goodness! Oh be still my heart!! And that icing! Made with coffee!! Oh my heart! I must try this one day when I have absolutely nothing to do…. *snarf*

    And I got my adorable Bakerella t-shirt! I just love it!!

  172. Too cute!! I love the coffee icing. I already have a go-to recipe for cinnamon rolls, but I will try that icing on my next batch. Goodness!! Thanks for sharing!

  173. If only I hadn’t read this so late! I would have made these for the morning time. Tomorrow I am going to “meet” Ree at a book signing! It would have been the perfect start to our day! :)

  174. They look fantastic! I made PWs rolls, a half batch, for the first time at Easter. Delish! And I shoulda made the whole batch because they were gone in a flash. Yours look fabulous, even the first ones. I didnt laugh, they are so cute! I love the Cinnamuffins idea, too!

  175. I call these SIN-amon rolls. They are the best cinnamon rolls on the planet. If someone knows of a better recipe, I’d love to have it. I even used less butter than she called for and they were still crazy rich. People were cursing me the next day after I served them; one of my friends went straight to the gym from my house! I individually wrap them, throw them in a freezer bag and try my damndest not to eat them more than one a week:)

  176. Ooooo… I feel woozy…

  177. These look so delicious! My family always makes cinnamon rolls for Christmas brunch, so they hold a special place in my heart. I will definitely be trying this recipe sometime this week! Yummy! :)

  178. OMG… I need one of these NOW!!! PMS- here I come!!!!!!! I think I have smell-a-vision on my computer, I swear….. ;)

  179. I made these this weekend too! I made the whole darn recipe though….the whole shanalley the mother lode!
    And I quite frankly cannot believe that you do not have a coffee maker……how can one woman make so many yummy things and not have a coffee maker to make coffee to eat with all of it? It’s ok I will forgive you.

  180. Love PW! Love Bakerella! PW & Bakerella?! True love! :)

    so glad you’re persistent, Bakerella! Swirls are totally worth it!!

  181. OK, I must make cinnamon rolls. They’ve been in my head for days, and I think this is a sign. ;)

  182. Easiest way to cut cinnamon rolls for baking and still have them be pretty and round is to use a piece of dental floss or embroidary floss. Put it under the roll, then cross over the top and pull the ends until they cut through the roll. My Mom taught me how to make wonderful cinnamon rolls, but these look really great too.

  183. YUM! Those look awesome…I might just have to try making some of those for work on Friday….hmmmm!

  184. Seriously, it’s hilarious that you just posted this…cause my husband was just asking me why I couldn’t make cinnamon rolls for breakfast…something which I have never made before…and then you go post about making cinnamon rolls :)
    Those do look divine…so gonna have to make them. Thanks for posting this.

  185. Oh heavens, typos ahoy too, it seems. Sorry about that. Must. Proofread.

  186. I am sure you know but with some doughs, the more you play with it the tougher it gets, then with others the more you play with it, the more air gets in it and its good to go. so you just need to know which one, more flour is better except with pie dough. its the one that gets tough. I love all your recipes. I am going to make the hello kitty pops for my daughters VIP day at preschool next month.

  187. Oooooooooh man, these look so utterly delicious!!! okay, I have to make these… SOON!!! <3 <3

  188. Angie, your photography is really getting fantastic (not to mention those yummy looking rolls!)

  189. Cinnamon rolls are my ultimate sweet fix! I love them. I will have to try Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon roll recipe and see if I like hers better than my own. I also like to put chopped pecans and raisins on the dough when I sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar. That is good too! I like the cinnamuffins. Cute idea! Love & blessings from NC!

  190. I don’t think there’s beena moment in history when extra sugar didn’t equal deliciousness :D I’d happily eat the first batch… but I’d happily eat the second bath, too. And the cinnamuffins. Thank you for showing that even the cleverest of bloggers don’t always get it right first time! Inspiration ahoy!

  191. Those look SO good!

  192. I got her cookbook for my birthday in March & these are one recipe I can’t wait to try. Your post made my mouth water! I love your cinnamuffins look the best…I may try that exact thing when I make these.

  193. LOVE those cinnamon rolls. They only ones i have ever been able to turn out successfully!! But those cinnamuffins look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Yum. I need them NOW!

  194. Gorgeous swirls! My mom made these awhile back and these were decadent and delicious.

    I’ll have to make them soon! Love the cinnamuffins :)

  195. Oh wow – do those ever look scrumptious!!!

    Cinnamon rolls are my FAVOURITE treat!

  196. OMG! I think I got a sugar coma just reading that!! LOL

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